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Elite division and voter confusion: Australia's republic referendum in 1999

Higley, John; McAllister, Ian


Although a majority of Australian voters favour the introduction of a republic, in the November 1999 referendum a majority of them nevertheless voted to retain the monarchy. This article explains the background to this apparently perverse outcome. The central problem was asking the Australian electorate to make a complex, technical choice about the system of government, in the absence of clear partisan cues. As a result, republicans were divided on the method of election for the head of state,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: European Journal of Political Research


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