There’s a lot of discussion surrounding Plebiscites and the Same Sex Marriage issue.

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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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