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AUSTRALIA REPUBLICAN MOVEMENT Unleashes campaign after mourning period for Queen to separate from Monarchy

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#AceNewsDesk – With the day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II over, a republican lobby group is reigniting its campaign to separate Australia from the monarchy.

An elderly woman wearing a matching jacket and hat smiles as she talks with people.
ABC NEWS: Australians had an affection for Queen Elizabeth II which may not be replicated for King Charles III.(Reuters: Victoria Jones/PA)none

The Australian Republic Movement’s CEO Sandy Biar will lead the campaign to push for an Australian head of state.

“We’ve respectfully observed the mourning period for Queen Elizabeth,” he said.

“But we now have a King we didn’t choose as Australians, a King that has nowhere near the level of support that his mother had, and someone who’s not fit to be Australia’s head of state.”

The federal government has already ruled out a referendum on a republic in its first term, but has suggested it will hold a referendum on the republic if it is re-elected in 2025.

“I made it clear before the last election what our intention was during this term and that is the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our constitution,” Prime Minister Anthony Albanese told the ABC last week.

“I said at the time I couldn’t envisage a circumstance where we changed our head of state to an Australian head of state but still didn’t recognise First Nations people in our constitution — so that’s our priority this term.”

How would we enact a new head of state?

That leaves the lobby group at least three years to spruik the idea of a republic to Australians.

“We recognise there is a range of views out there in the community about what kind of changes should happen,” Mr Biar said.

“So we’re looking forward to having that conversation over the next couple of years so that we can have a proposal that’s put to a referendum.”King Charles III has replaced Queen Elizabeth II as Australia’s head of state, but if Australia became a republic, a new head of state would be elected.(Reuters: Danny Lawson)none

The movement will push for King Charles to be replaced by an Australian head of state.

The most likely process would involve a shortlist of Australians nominated by federal, state and territory parliaments from which Australian voters would be able to elect the new head of state.

However, polls do not indicate an overwhelming appetite for change.

The latest Guardian Essential poll, conducted following the Queen’s death, showed 43 per cent support for becoming a republic.

Another poll conducted by Resolve showed 46 per cent support for the change.

And a Roy Morgan Research SMS poll found 60 per cent of respondents favoured Australia remaining a monarchy, while only 40 per cent supported a move to a republic with an elected president.

But Mr Biar said those results were not disheartening for the republic movement, following the mass media coverage and global outpouring of grief which followed Queen Elizabeth’s death.

“It’s not surprising at all that during a time of grief and wall-to-wall coverage that there is increase in positive sentiment towards the monarchy,” he said.

“But this is likely to be the high watermark for the monarchy in Australia.”

“The real test will be in the years to come when we have a balanced national conversation.”The Australian Republic Movement’s CEO Sandy Biar will lead the campaign to push for an Australian head of state.(Supplied: Australian Republic Movement)none

Queen leaves a void unable to be filled

David Hill, a former managing director of the ABC and an author on Australia’s relationship with the monarchy, said Australia would inevitably become a republic now that the world had said goodbye to the Queen.

“It’s fair to say Australians have never warmed to Charles anywhere near like they have his mother,” he said.

“I think the republic is inevitable, but the Queen was so effective and so popular, she’s left the monarchy in the strongest possible state.”

“King Charles will benefit from it, and the opportunity for a republic is going to be far greater a little while down the track than it is today.”

He also said Australians would need to be assured that not too much would change.

“Nobody wants to see a change in our political system,” he said.

“We just want to see a change where Australians appoint their own head of state.”

Australian National University historian Angela Woollacott agreed that waiting would help the republic campaign’s cause, and reflected on the last referendum under the Howard government.

“That referendum only failed because the debate ended up splitting opinion on the question of how a president would be elected,” she said.

The republic referendum in 1999 was based on a model that proposed a president would be appointed by two-thirds of the federal parliament.

But some republicans wanted the president elected by the people, and this split helped kill the referendum.

“My guess is [the current polls] reflect this very moment in time, Professor Woollacott said.

“I think what we’ll see over time is those figures will shift, and that they will shift towards more support for a republic.”

‘No need for change’

Meanwhile, former Liberal senator and chairman of the Australian Monarchist League, Eric Abetz, said there was no need for change.

“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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