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Are we overthinking referendums?

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Constitutional law Constitutional reform Referendum Australia
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When Anthony Albanese recently suggested holding two constitutional referendums on Australia Day next year, he was thinking way outside the square. The senior Labor frontbencher cast his proposal as a response to the increasingly virulent displays of opposition to the date of our national celebration: “Instead of change the date,” he said, we should “enhance” it by turning it into a celebration of (he hoped) the success of those national votes.

Albanese has ambitions to be Labor prime minister — preferably the next one — and his behaviour should be viewed through this prism. But let us take this idea at face value.

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