The Constitution is an Act of British Parliament, so when a referendum is successful, does the British Parliament need to be notified?
Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, 1900: Original Public Record Copy (1900).
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Hi, thanks for your question.
A referendum is a vote to change the Australian Constitution. In the event of a successful referendum, there is no requirement for the British Parliament to be notified. Australia has passed laws which give it constitutional independence from the British Parliament. This means the Australian Parliament can pass bills – proposed laws – , including successful referendum bills without notifying the British Parliament.
The process for conducting a referendum is contained in Section 128 of the Australian Constitution. It does not include any requirement to notify the British Parliament.