The government has shown no interest in Tony Abbott’s idea, which on the past record of referendums would almost certainly fail.
Tony Abbott's proposal for a constitutional change to make it easier for a government to pass legislation blocked by the Senate does not have support in his own electorate, according to polling.
Italian Premier Matteo Renzi acknowledges defeat in a constitutional referendum and announces he will resign on Dec. 5.
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The Italians have rejected Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's constitutional reform package. Now the real struggle for Italy begins.
Voters rejected Matteo Renzi’s referendum on constitutional reform, plunging Italy into political uncertainty.
The "no" result from Italy's referendum is likely to brew political and economic uncertainty for some time yet.
Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will likely resign if the result of the referendum is a “no” vote.
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Even if Italy votes for changes that will make it easier for the government to pass economic reforms, the country's economy will still be in trouble.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill meeting members of the citizens’ jury.
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After a Royal Commission and a citizens' jury, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has enough advice to decide on his nuclear waste dump plan. Which makes his decision to hold a plebiscite baffling.
Côte d'Ivoire’s President Alassane Ouattara addresses a rally ahead of the referendum on a new constitution. The placard reads “yes to new Ivory Coast”.
The proposed new constitution would allow Alassane Ouattara to remain as president. Opposition parties see this move as a constitutional “coup” that will also protect his allies.
A tourist takes pictures of a peace sign near the UN-controlled buffer zone in Nicosia.
Referendums are not only divisive as tools of political democracy, they also turn everyday life into a new challenge.
Sturgeon addressing conference.
The independence bill is a short-term win but no game-changer.
Polls and elections are considered vital democratic tools – but there’s more to true democracy.
There are several different ways to approach democracy. Polls, elections and referenda all feature, but they're not the only way to deepen democracy.
Mistakes happen: a polling station in Cali, Colombia.
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A look through the ballot papers shows the declared result in Colombia's crucial vote is far from definitive.
Álvaro Uribe isn’t leaving anything to chance.
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After 52 years fighting the FARC, Colombia is about to vote on a comprehensive peace deal. But not everyone wants in.
Colombians celebrate the peace agreement.
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History was made with the agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC. Making the gesture a reality will require a concerted effort from all involved.
Orban is on a high after the Brexit vote.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has caught referendum fever. He is giving his public a vote on refugee policy in what is being seen as a two-fingered salute to the EU.
How likely is it that the Turnbull government, with its tiny majority, will make seriously hard decisions?
For the more modest aim of delivering steady, competent government – well, it's no wonder Malcolm Turnbull is raging.
A surprise around every corner.
When confronted with two options, the electorate generally gets scared and votes for the status quo. We now see what happens when both options are frightening.
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How the Brexiters won it on the night.
How will the votes be counted? When will we know the result? Stuart Wilks-Heeg has all the answers.
Thursday’s vote will only be the third-ever UK-wide referendum.
How will the Brexit referendum work? And what distinguishes it from referendums that have been held in Australia?
Struggling to decide?
The UK in a Changing EU app lets you choose which issues you feel are most important to you and use those to weight the outcomes.
Obama weighs in on Brexit.
Polls show voters are beginning to lean toward leaving the EU, so it's time to brush up on what will happen if there's a Brexit – and why it matters on this side of the Atlantic.