Sources: the conscription debate

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 case for 'Yes'


The case for 'No'