Statehood Referendum - 3 October 1998

 A referendum on whether the Territory should become a state was held on 3 October 1998. This referendum was defeated, with the ‘yes’ case receiving 44 702 votes (48.1%) and the ‘no’ case 48 241 (51.9%). There were also 1068 informal votes, with a total of 94 011 electors voting.