A new book argues no-one writing an Australian constitution today would argue for creating a head of state on the other side of the world who is hand-picked by the head of government.
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As the republic debate ramps up once more, what are the pros and cons of different models for an Australian head of state?
Republic backers need to make a huge dent in public opinion to get the progress they want. People should remember even Fergie’s ‘toe sucking’ incident didn’t bring down the monarchy in the 1990s.
A new poll shows nearly two-thirds of Australians want an Australian head of state. A new republic model, however, would require compromise to succeed.
Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull met Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle in London in April.
When considering this question, we need to distinguish between the pomposities of monarchies and the purpose they serve as checks on untrammelled authoritarianism.
A proposed model for an Australian republic encourages active citizenship while preserving the non-partisan, ceremonial role of the head of state.
This model for an Australian republic aims to ensure the process of a choosing a head of state is democratic, but also that the dignity of the office is maintained.
Changing the date of Australia Day is the first tiny step for Australia to begin the reckoning with its origins.
Reconciliation between the Settler and First Nations populations is a self-evident prerequisite for Australia cutting the ties of colonial dependency with Britain to stand on our own.
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.
Paul Keating took the prime ministership with a ‘comprehensive plan to get the country cracking’, but the task was daunting.
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Labor’s project of economic transformation hit some harder realities as Paul Keating assumed the top job. And a new push on remaking Australia stirred a brooding reaction of its own.
Paul Keating put the idea of a new flag, shorn of any traces of the Union Jack, on the political agenda.
By the end of 1992, Paul Keating had done more than anyone to place on the political agenda issues of national identity that had been either dead or dormant for years.
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.
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.
Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett was the only state or territory leader to refrain from signing a statement calling for an Australian head of state.
On the eve of Australia Day, the Australian Republican Movement has released a statement of support for an Australian head of state signed by all but one of the nation’s premiers and chief ministers.
A republican referendum is unlikely to succeed without the prime minister’s support.
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The prime minister and opposition leader are both outspoken republicans. And yet, following Prince Charles’ latest visit, an Australian republic looks far from guaranteed. Why is that?
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?
New insights into the dismissal of Gough Whitlam highlight the lingering complexities of any future effort to make Australia a republic.
In comments reported in a new book to mark the 40th anniversary of the dismissal of Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott offer sharply differing views.
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…