The Controversy Behind Australia Becoming A Republic

Why Should Australia Not Become a Republic

This year celebrates Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, which honours her 70-year reign as the queen of the United Kingdom. To begin, the Australian Republican Movement has offered a plan for naming an Australian head of state.

What’s Happening?

According to the organisation, federal, state, and territory legislatures should suggest a shortlist of candidates for head of state, who would then be placed to a nationwide vote. The federal parliament would have the authority to appoint up to three members, while states and territories would have the authority to appoint one person each.

The ballot winner would be elected for a five-year term and would be responsible for swearing in a prime minister who has a majority of support in the House of Representatives, or calling an election if that support does not exist (responsibilities currently carried out by the Governor-General, the British monarch’s representative in Australia).

However, the head of state would have no control over day-to-day government or the passage of legislation. Over a two-year period, more than 10,000 Australians were canvassed through surveys, polls, and meetings.


The Australian Monarchist League claimed that allowing politicians the right to choose candidates “is just putting more power into the hands of politicians”

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Former Prime Minister Paul Keating, on the other hand, slammed the hybrid proposal, claiming it would undermine the prime minister’s power and lead to a hazardous “US-style” president.

Former “yes” campaign leader and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has also criticised the plan, claiming that it is unlikely to get the necessary voter approval and:

“will be seen by many to embody the weaknesses of direct election and parliamentary appointment models but the strengths of neither.”

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At the same time, many Australians, if not the majority, would prefer that the future Australian head of state be directly elected by the people. An election of this type would be a fierce and political struggle.

The Recognition Of The People

The Constitution must be significantly altered before being adopted by a majority of people in a majority of states in order to become a republic. With such a massive effort, we should expect more than simply a name change for the president. Indigenous Australians’ rising knowledge that sovereignty was never conferred and that the wounds of colonial occupation and expropriation endure has been one of the most significant shifts since the 1999 vote.

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A republican movement that begins with the Uluru Statement from the Heart, rather than worries about the British monarchy’s symbolic ties, is more likely to catch Australians’ imagination.

So The Discussion Is Far From Over?

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Fun Fact

Why is Australia considered a constitutional monarchy and not a republic?

Originally, Australia was a collection of British colonies. Each country had its own constitution, parliament, and laws. When these colonies joined together to form Australia, a constitutional monarchy form of government was chosen.



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