From a legal standpoint, there is a difference between a state and a territory, and for some that justifies giving territory voters less say.
There has been much debate about the “details” of the Voice to Parliament, but the referendum is on the principle.
New research shows policy referendums have been far more frequent at the state and territory level and demonstrates the enduring appeal of giving the public a say on the big issues.
The destructive effect section 44 of the Constitution has on our political process is painfully evident, but the opportunity for a referendum to solve the problem is being wasted, writes George Williams.
The Gillard government's announcement that it won't push ahead with the referendum for constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples comes as no surprise, writes Andrew Lynch.