Australia’s Constitution vests executive power in the Queen and says that that power is exercised ‘on her behalf’ by the governor-general.
Many of the questions that would arise if Australia wants to become a republic have been successfully tackled elsewhere.
Queen Elizabeth signs the visitors’ book at Parliament House, while Prime Minister Paul Keating and Parliament House officials look on in February 1992.
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The arguments about a potential Australian republic in cabinet submissions suggest a failure of imagination and, more seriously, of trust.
Bill Shorten will seek to elevate the issue of a republic by pledging.
a policy for quick action.
Bill Shorten's policy for quick action on a republic contrasts with Malcolm Turnbull's position.
Politics podcast: Michael Cooney on an Australian republic.
Michael Cooney says becoming a republic would give Australians important new symbols of national unity.
Malcolm Turnbull is now more circumspect when it comes to the matter of an Australian republic.
For Australians to vote in favour of a republic, it may require something more than just crossing out 'governor-general' in the Constitution and writing in 'president'.
Malcolm Turnbull addresses the Australian Republican Movement’s 25th anniversary dinner in Sydney on Saturday.
In his much-anticipated weekend speech to the Australian Republican Movement's anniversary dinner, Malcolm Turnbull juggled the past, the present and the future.
As it is, it’s a fairly safe bet that Malcolm Turnbull will never usher in a republic.
As he joins the Australian Republican Movement at its 25th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Malcolm Turnbull will surely have a rueful thought for what might have been.
Australian Republican Movement chairman Peter FitzSimons used Australia Day to renew calls for an Australian head of state.
Australians should want the reality of a republic. The rest is but window-dressing.
The 1975 crisis surrounding the dismissal of the Whitlam government was brought about in part by the nature of Australia’s constitutional arrangements.
Is the Dismissal a moment that will become even more significant if the push for Australia to become a republic gains momentum?
Joe Hockey has made no secret of his republican leanings, yet his right to seek to revive debate on the issue has been questioned.
It has significant public support across party lines, but politicians who advocate Australia becoming a republic are likely to have their priorities and even their right to do so questioned.
Chairman of the Australian Republican Movement Peter FitzSimons at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday.
As if he did not have enough problems, Joe Hockey has just created another one for himself and his colleagues. His agreement – announced by Peter FitzSimons, chair of the Australian Republican Movement…
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14 years after the referendum for Australia to become a republic was defeated, where is the republican movement in Australia going?
The following is based on a speech delivered at the launching of Labor for a Republic in Sydney last night. Let me begin my address this evening with a seemingly obvious point – there is nothing inevitable…
Professor Gareth Evans believes the political wounds from the actions of Sir John Kerr are yet to heal completely.
Sir John Kerr was the worst of Australia’s governors-general and his legacy was to delay the emergence of an Australian republic…
The popularity of the Queen and the Royal Family mean the republic movement is going nowhere fast.
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Nicola Roxon, sworn in last week as the first law officer of the Australian Crown, reportedly plans to reignite the debate on Australia becoming a republic. Former prime minister, Paul Keating has also…
If the republic is going to be put back on the political agenda in 2012, more will need to step up and talk more about the issue publicly.
The new Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, has made her intention clear to reignite the debate on Australia becoming a republic. On taking up the new position, she took the opportunity to stake out her position…
First Minister Alex Salmond has promised to hold a referendum on Scottish independence.
Australian republicans should watch the Scots. In the Scottish Parliamentary election held on 5 May, the Scottish National Party (SNP) secured an overall majority. Formerly in minority government in Scotland…