There’s a lot of discussion surrounding Plebiscites and the Same Sex Marriage issue.
Although there have been only 3 plebiscites run by the Federal Government since 1901, a single one has passed in 1977 to select the new National Anthem.
There have been 44 referenda in the same time, and only 9 have passed.
A great concern about the use of a plebiscite is the low pass rate: only 33% of Plebiscites and 20.45% of Referenda.
For your information, this is the list of Referenda and Plebiscites in Australia since Federation.
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