Passage of the Constitution Act 1975 through Parliament

Passage of the Constitution Act 1975 through Parliament

Find a scanned copy of the original Constitution Act 1975, signed by the Governor, here.

Below outlines its passage through Parliament in further detail.

To view the debates and contributions, use the Hansard from the 46th Parliament and the below dates.

9 April 1975

The Bill was introduced and the first reading passed the Legislative Assembly.

1 May 1975

The Bill was declared as 'urgent', and the second and third readings were passed on the same day.

The Bill was then introduced and the first reading passed in the Legislative Council.

6 - 8 May 1975

The Bill passed its second and third readings (with amendments), and sent back to the Assembly requesting agreement.

8 May 1975

Message received from the Legislative Council asking the Assembly to agree to the Bill with amendments. Assembly agree to the amendments and the Bill is prepared for Royal Assent.

20 May 1975

Constitution Act 1975 is reserved for Royal Assent.

For the Assembly, see here.

For the Council, see here.

22 October 1975

Constitution Act 1975 assented to.

19 November 1975

Proclamation of the Royal Assent is published in the Victoria Government Gazette.

1 December 1975

Constitution Act 1975 comes into operation.

 

Further information on the original Victorian Constitution (Constitution Act 1854) can be found here.