Debunking email hoaxes and exposing Internet scams since 2003!

Hoax-Slayer Logo Hoax-Slayer Logo

Home    About    New Articles    RSS Feed    eBook    Contact
Bookmark and Share

Hoax - Queensland Will Hold a Referendum in July For a New Constitution

Political diatribe urges recipients to vote "NO" in an upcoming referendum asking for a new constitution in the Australian state of Queensland.

Brief Analysis
The message is a hoax. There IS no July referendum planned for Queensland. The very same message has circulated since at least 2010. Every version claims that there was to be a referendum in July. No such referendum has been held in previous years nor will one be held this July. The claims in the message are nonsense.

Bookmark and Share
Detailed analysis and references below example.

Last updated: 25th January 2012
First published: 25th January 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer

Subject:A MUST READ. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME! Proposed Referendum on Queensland Constitution

Proposed Referendum on Queensland Constitution


To you, your family and friends,

We are writing a very serious message to you. We know the personal politics of many of you, others we don't know, but regardless of your political stance, PLEASE read this message through carefully.

You are aware that a referendum in July will ask you to vote for a new QLD Constitution & it will be sold to you in glowing terms, but please know that if this referendum is won by government it will literally turn Qld into a republic where there will be NO COMMON LAW...THERE WILL BE NO PRIVATE OWNERSHIP OF LAND OR WATER. THAT MEANS THE HOME YOU THINK IS YOURS STANDS ON LAND OWNED BY THE GOVERNMENT. ANY "AUTHORITY" CAN WALK ON TO YOUR LAND AND THEY WILL NOT BE TRESPASSING, & THEY CAN DO AS THEY PLEASE. You will NOT own your land. Nor can you own any body of water. That's just one aspect of this new constitution they won't be telling you about.

We have a close friend called Larry Hannigan who knows what is going on. He and two amazing legal eagles who can decipher all the legalise have managed to get hold of the document. By Law it has to be posted on the web but they've made it hard to find & it's even harder for the average Joe blow to understand, but Larry & his friends are going through it with a fine tooth comb & it will be posted on Larry's website Please understand that we are not wild eyed fanatics, but we have been learning a great deal through Larry. The big problem is that few Australians know anything of their Constitution which was thought out wisely & with great forethought by our Christians forefathers. If our Constitution was the rule of Law in our country we would be the strongest, greatest country in the world, but most lawyers don't know it because it is not taught in law school. They have a code of laws that have little to do with the constitution, however, the Constitution still reigns supreme in our country, & that's why the powers that be are trying to destroy it.

Already around our nation lawyers, judges & politicians are having counts of corruption & treason brought against them & are running scared. Some magistrates have even resigned because they could see the writing on the wall. That's why our governments must get rid of our Constitution as soon as they can because Australia is a nation that stands out against one world govt. I remember in the 1980s hearing a young man interviewed on radio. He had resigned from one of our leading banks that I won't name, because he had seen a top level memo that stated that Australia was the wild donkey standing in the path of one world govt. & it had to be crippled. There has been a steady working at that now for years. Every attempt to change the flag or make Australia a republic is all part of it. This new Qld. Constitution is actually illegal because it cannot Override the Australian Constitution, but if the people stupidly vote for it, that FACT will be swept aside. Did you know that according to Constitution Law solicitors & barristers cannot hold political positions? They cannot be law makers. Most of the Fed Lab. Govt is illegal.

There is so much more, but rather than go on I urge you to go to Larry's site, Larry Hannigan Australia. He is owner of wheylite Australia. Click on the Australia Flag in the top right corner, then click on All Products and select concerning Australia. PLEASE get his audio tape on The voice Of The Australian Flag. I had the privilege of working on it with him many years ago & it stills moves me to tears. Every Australian should know what that flag is actually all about. It's only 10 minutes but it is powerful. There is a radio station in NSW which beams a late night programme over a wide area even into Qld. The host of that programme plays the Flag at regular intervals & every time the phones are packed with people wanting it. Many who have been republicans have done a complete turn around after hearing it.

Larry has also produced The Voice Of The Constitution. You can obtain that. The production is nothing spectacular...words scrolling up over a blank screen & a man's voice reading them at the same time, but he explains key points. I did some work on that with him too. Recently in Kalgoorlie that DVD was played in the open air picture theatre for the residents. Two thousand people attended and didn't move or make a sound for half an hour. They were dumbfounded at what the DIDN'T know. You can get the package from Larry very cheaply & you are free to copy & give away as many as you please. He's not out to make money, he's out to save our beloved nation.

PLEASE vote NO at the referendum, and PLEASE get this information to all on your email list, neighbours, etc. Feel free to copy this email, but take out our names & email reference.

Detailed Analysis


Ballot Box
A referendum asking for a new constitution in Queensland will NOT take place in July.
This curious piece of political orientated nonsense begs Queenslanders to vote NO in an upcoming referendum set to be held in July. According to the message, the referendum will ask Queenslanders to vote for a new state constitution. It warns that, although the change in constitution will be sold to voters "in glowing terms", it will actually change the state into a republic in which there will be no private ownership of land or water and no common law.

However, the entire message is based squarely on an outright lie. There is no referendum on a new constitution planned for Queensland in July. Nor has such a referendum been announced for any other month of 2012. And, as a long-term resident of Queensland, I can assure you that no such referendum has been held at any time in the past. In fact, according to Electoral Commission Queensland, the last referendum to be held in Queensland was back in 1992 and was concerned with the adoption of daylight saving in the state. And the only recent change to the Queensland constitution took place in February 2010 when a Preamble honouring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians was added. This change was the result of a Bill passed by the Queensland Parliament and did not involve a referendum.

Versions of the same message have been circulating since early 2010. Both the 2010 and 2011 versions also claimed that the referendum was due to be held in July. But, of course, it is a matter of historical record that no such referendum was held in either of those years.

And, of course, it is simply laughable to suggest that the mainstream media has made nary a mention of an upcoming referendum that involves an issue as important as the adoption of a new constitution. If such a referendum was really in the works, you can rest assured that the media would be already talking incessantly about it and many political commentators would be discussing the ramifications of such a change.

It appears that the main purpose of this message is to promote the website of an individual named Larry Hannigan. The site is dedicated to espousing Hannigan's personal political agenda. the message would have us believe that Hannigan and his "two amazing legal eagles" are the only ones who "know what is going on" about the supposed push for a new Queensland constitution. It hardly needs to be said that this claim is utter nonsense.

Of course, whether or not you agree with Hannigan's opinions or with the opinions outlined in the above polemic is up to you. The salient point here is that the polemic rides on the back of a blatant lie. Forwarding a message that is so clearly and demonstrably untrue is obviously a fatally flawed method of promoting a particular political viewpoint. The continued circulation of this ridiculous message is causing completely unnecessary alarm and anger among Australian residents. And it is clear from the amount of outraged online commentary that the message has generated over the past years that it also diverts people from paying attention to real and important political issues.

If you receive this false message, please do not pass it on. And please let the sender know that the claims about an impending referendum have no basis in fact.

Bookmark and Share References
ECQ - Referendums
NAIDOC - Preamble
Larry Hannigan

Last updated: 25th January 2012
First published: 25th January 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer