Why I’m not an Australian Republican

With the death of Queen Elizabeth II – the Republican thing is starting again. My questions are systemic: what would it do to Australian politics to have an all-out campaign for who would be President? How much money would electing a President cost every appointment? An additional cost when we cannot even employ enough nurses and teachers – let alone pay the ones we have fairly!

If the President is to have more powers, what are they? If not, why change the system in the first place if it serves no actual purpose? I’m against wasting all the money and effort in electing a President if nothing of substance is going to improve. Seriously – who cares if a mere LOGO changes on government stationery!

Want a Referendum? How about having a Referendum on who can call a Referendum? Our current process is stuck in the mud – only politicians can call one. How about if we the citizens of this country had the right to call a referendum? What if a significant number signed a petition and could call a referendum? What if every 10 years a large citizen’s panel – much like a jury selection – reviewed and debated hot topics? What if (assuming say 60% of the panel agreed) they could put one question to the people? Both a citizen’s petition and panel might bash the Australian Constitution into a more democratic shape vastly more than just changing a logo on government stationery!

But as for our Constitutional Monarchy – I’m inclined to leave it alone. As the ABC says:-

“We do not have a governor-general that can make his own laws — it has to go through the parliament,” he said.

“That’s the beauty of the constitutional monarchy.”

“Might I just say on a democratic index, the top 10 democratic countries, seven out of those 10 are constitutional monarchies,” he said.

“There’s a lot to be said for our wonderful system.”

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1 Response to Why I’m not an Australian Republican

  1. specialletters says:

    Australian common sense has always been “if it is not broken why fix it?”

    The last referendum campaign on this had people thinking an elected President and the Politicians wanting parliament to appoint someone. And be essentially the Governor General.
    Our current system works and really is more democratic than UK. We elect the Senate also and makes our state’s have an equal say. Whereas the House of Lord’s is a strange system.
    Stay with what we have.

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