National Song Poll

Updated: 8 May 2014

The only other national issue, which was not a proposal to amend the Constitution, was the poll for a national song, held on 21 May 1977.

Voting in the poll for the national song was voluntary.

Preferential voting was used, as for a House of Representatives election, and after the distribution of preferences, Advance Australia Fair, became the national song.

The other songs that were listed on the ballot paper were God Save The Queen, Song Of Australia and Waltzing Matilda.

Numbers and percentages of first preference votes recorded for each of the songs, for each state and territory
State/
Territory
Enrolment First Preference Votes Total
God Save The Queen Advance Australia Fair Song of Australia Waltzing Matilda
NSW 3 002 241 376 539
*15.15
1 277 853
*51.41
133 297
*5.36
697 748
*28.07
2 766 606
VIC 2 252 439 370 699
*20.46
728 349
*40.20
117 694
*6.50
595 010
*32.84
2 072 476
QLD 1 240 739 217 028
*21.22
469 278
*45.88
65 910
*6.44
270 518
*26.45
1 133 235
WA 682 441 122 556
*22.81
202 778
*37.73
84 232
*15.67
127 824
*23.79
613 426
SA 799 063 119 360
*17.91
160 648
*24.11
227 356
*34.12
159 011
*23.86
743 206
TAS 259 620 49 006
*22.31
92 491
*42.10
21 951
*9.99
56 252
*25.60
244 801
NT 38 209 679
*18.08
1 410
*37.55
533
*14.19
1 133
*30.17
3 926
ACT 120 875 1 468
*6.73
7 887
*36.14
1 863
*8.54
10 607
*48.60
22 198
TOTAL 8 395 627 1 257 335
*18.65
2 940 694
*43.61
652 836
*9.68
1 918 103
*28.45
7 599 874

* Percentage of first preference votes recorded in favour of the individual songs – to formal votes.

National Song Poll – formal and informal votes
State/
Territory
Formal Informal
NSW 2 485 437 281 169
VIC 1 811 752 260 724
QLD 1 022 734 110 501
WA 537 390 76 036
SA 666 375 76 831
TAS 219 700 25 101
NT 3 755 171
ACT 21 825 373
TOTAL 6 768 968 830 906

Source: 1991 Parliamentary Handbook. Parliamentary Library.

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