The question

"Are you in favour of the Government having, in this grave emergency, the same compulsory powers over citizens in regard to requiring their military service, for the term of this War, outside the Commonwealth, as it now has in regard to military service within the Commonwealth?"

First referendum: 28 October 1916

"Are you in favour of the proposal of the Commonwealth Government for reinforcing the Commonwealth Forces overseas?'"

Second referendum: 20 December 1917

 

The 'Yes' vote


 

 

The Anti's Creed (1917)
Scum of the Earth! Your mates have turned you down (1917)
Reinforcements Referendum - What of the Soldiers? (1917)
Front: The Womens' Big Gun. Reverse: "What can I do? How can I help? Vote Yes" (1917)
A Mother's Lament (1917)
Front: "By voting 'Yes' Australia will rub out this blot". Reverse: "Women will you play your part? Vote 'Yes' on 20th December (1917)
Australian Nationalists - Vote Yes (1916)
Sedition (1917)
Warning! Australia is fighting for her existence (1917)

 

The 'No' vote


 

 

To Win the War (1917)
Think! Which way would the Kaiser like you to vote? (1916)
Australia be warned! (1917)
Reverse: An open letter to women. Vote 'No' on December 20 (1917)
The Death Ballot
The Blood Vote (1917)
They'll take Dad next (1916)
Single Men. Who's Next? (1917)