Definition: The direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution.
Origin: Mid 16th century (referring to Roman history): from French plébiscite, from Latin plebiscitum, from plebs, pleb- ‘the common people’ + scitum ‘decree’ (from sciscere ‘vote for’). The sense ‘direct vote of the whole electorate’ dates from the mid 19th century. English Oxford dictionary
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Some great articles can be found in the Parliamentary Library’s FlagPost a blog on current issues of interest to members of the Australian Parliament.

A quick guide to plebiscites in Australia

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