Referendum on Judges’ Remuneration (2011) (Twenty-Ninth Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 2011)

The Twenty-Ninth Amendment of the Constitution (Judges’ Remuneration) Bill 2011 proposes to delete section 5 of Article 35 of the Constitution which provides that the remuneration of a judge shall not be reduced during the continuance in office of the judge and to substitute the section here following:

‘5 1° The remuneration of judges shall not be reduced during their continuance in office save in accordance with this section.
2° The remuneration of judges is subject to the imposition of taxes, levies or other charges that are imposed by law on persons generally or persons belonging to a particular class.
3° Where, before or after the enactment of this section, reductions have been or are made by law to the remuneration of persons belonging to classes of persons whose remuneration is paid out of public money and such law states that those reductions are in the public interest, provision may also be made by law to make proportionate reductions to the remuneration of judges.’.


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Result Summary

Electorate: 3,191,157
Total Poll: 1,785,707
Percentage Poll: 55.96%
Votes in favour of the proposal: 1,393,877
Votes against the proposal: 354,134
Invalid Ballot Papers: 37,696