Plebiscite

Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - UPFRONT -

This is very much the word of the week as the Lib­eral Party tears it­self apart all ways to Sun­day to try to deal with the issue of same-sex mar­riage. There could be a plebiscite, there could be a postal plebiscite. “Plebiscite” is a po­lit­i­cal term with Ro­man ori­gins. In Rome, a “plebiscita” was a de­cree is­sued by the Con­cil­ium Plebis, which was the pop­u­lar assem­bly of the Ro­man Re­pub­lic. The gath­er­ing was made up of ple­beians, who were the com­mon­ers in the Re­pub­lic, but who could pass laws and elect mag­is­trates.

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