Ballot boxes at Gladstone South State School's polling centre: PPhoto Kerri-Anne Mesner / The Obser
Ballot boxes at Gladstone South State School's polling centre: PPhoto Kerri-Anne Mesner / The Obser Kerri-Anne Mesner

Referendum: It looks like a 'Yes'

IT'S presently looking as though seventy two out of Queensland's 89 electoral districts have voted 'Yes' in the referendum on fixed four year terms.

At present 1,517,967 votes are in and of those 779,908 (53.15%) have voted in favour of amending Queensland's Constitution.

Meanwhile the 'No' case has 687,462 votes and is sitting on 46.85% while 3.33% of people voted informally.

Queensland's population is just less than 4.6 million.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said, "there is a strong 'yes' vote across Queensland."

"The referendum offered Queenslanders fewer elections and more certainty," Ms Palaszczuk.

"If the referendum is successful Queenslanders will vote on the last Saturday in October every four years. Elections for every other mainland State and local governments in Queensland are held on a fixed date every four years. It works for them, it can work for us."

While the majority of the state has voted in favour of the changes there are some clusters of districts which appear to have voted against them. 

Just north of Brisbane, Glasshouse, Morayfield, Pumicestone, Pine Rivers and Kallangur have all gone against the grain and look set to vote against the proposed laws.

Residents on the Southern Downs are also looking like they may have gone with the 'No' case with 54.29% of the votes so far going to the negative.

It's a similar story in the nearby the district of Lockyer where 51.83% of the votes counted so far have been a 'No.'

Other districts which, thus far, look as though they'll vote 'No' include Callide which encompasses Burnett and the nearby district of Nanango.

Also, Capalaba in south-east Brisbane, Cleveland and Redlands in Brisbane's west, Condamine on the Darling Downs, Dalrymple and Hinchinbrook in the state's north and Gympie and Maryborough in state's south-east all look like  they may go to the 'No' case.

Everywhere else in Queensland looks as though it may have voted 'Yes.'

The count is expected to recommence shortly. 


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