The push to make Australia a republic is likely to be reignited in the wake of the Queen’s death – with the movement taking just 24 minutes to issue a pointed statement after her death.
The campaign chaired by prominent author and columnist Peter FitzSimons paid tribute to the ‘significant contribution’ made to the country throughout her 70-year reign – while saying the Queen ‘supports the right of Australians to become a fully independent nation” in the previous republic. November 1999 referendum.
That poll failed by a landslide hung in any Australian state, with a campaign, led by future Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, all but over before it started due to the split within the movement.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of Queen Elizabeth’s passing and express our profound gratitude and thanks for her service to the Commonwealth,” the Australian Republican Movement said in a statement.
A visiting school class looks at a portrait of Her Majesty The Queen in Parliament in Canberra on Friday
Australia’s Governor-General has suggested the country could become a republic after the Queen’s death
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese arrives to sign a book of condolences for the death of Her Majesty The Queen at Parliament in Canberra
“During his reign, Australia became a mature and independent nation. We are unlikely to see a monarch so respected or admired by the Australian people again.
But the statement also noted that “most of the remaining opportunities for UK interference in the Australian government” were removed during his reign in 1986.
The republican movement was rejuvenated by Anthony Albanese appointing Matt Thistlethwaite as deputy republican minister after Labor won the May election.
Just a month later, in June, Governor-General David Hurley was widely criticized for a comment ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee when he crudely said the issue of Australia becoming a republic “would be up for discussion “once she died.
“I think right now people are focusing on the Queen and then when she leaves, when she passes, then the succession comes, there’s a new discussion in Australia,” he said.
Just last week, Matt Thistlethwaite said he planned to launch a campaign when the Queen’s reign comes to an end.
Whenever this campaign starts, it certainly won’t be in the near future.
On Friday, Mr. Albanese was quick to answer questions from the republic.
“Today is a day for one question, and one question only, which is to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and to give thanks for her service to our country, the Commonwealth, her family and her extraordinary contribution to our nation. , ‘ he said.
Prince Charles today during a panel discussion with participants from the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation yesterday. Today Charles, who will become King, is at Balmoral
The republican movement aims to overhaul the Australian system of government, from a constitutional monarchy, with the British monarch as head of state, to a republic with a president at the helm.
But not everyone is so sure the monarchy is over for Down Under with the passing of the Queen.
One unlikely theory is that popular Netflix drama The Crown could prove a wildcard in the desire to stay with the British royal family.
In July, Shadow Defense Minister Andrew Hastie claimed popular Netflix drama The Crown had reignited interest in the monarchy among Australians.
Four seasons of the much-loved series have aired, and the highly anticipated fifth season is slated for November.
Speaking in London in July, Mr Hastie said: ‘The Crown has brought the monarchy back together in a way that people can engage with.’
“We can question the historicity [the historical accuracy] of The Crown, but I still think the first series penetrated the popular [Australian] culture in a way that the arguments of monarchists, in a political sense, could never do.
While Mr Albanese is undoubtedly a supporter of Australia becoming a republic, in June, to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, he renamed an island on Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin ‘Queen Elizabeth II Island’.
“She stood by Australia’s side as a loyal and unwavering friend,” Mr Albanese said of the Queen.
‘We give its name to this place in the heart of our capital, a place where history and progress meet.
“It is a fitting tribute to Her Majesty and celebrates her long life and 70 years of service to Australia and the Commonwealth, including her 16 visits to our shores.”
Mr Albanese said Australians “will determine the future themselves”.
“Today is not the day for these talks, today is a day to honor Her Majesty and her service to Australia.”
But these discussions happen; with the Labor government promising Australians another Republican referendum vote if their government wins a second term in 2025.
Australians rejected the constitutional change in a referendum held in 1999.
Mr Thistlethwaite was appointed as the new deputy minister for the republic after Labor won the government and just before the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The new role has been welcomed by the Australian Republic Movement, which is campaigning for an Australian head of state.
But others called the moment “sad and reckless”.
Exactly what the MP for Sydney will do in this role remains unclear, although his personal position is not.
At the opening of the new parliament, Mr Thistlethwaite claimed that swearing allegiance to the Queen was ‘ridiculous and archaic’.
In June he congratulated the Queen on her jubilee and her reign, telling Sky News Australia that she was “a fantastic monarch and leader of the Commonwealth”.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured, left) greeted Her Majesty The Queen in a speech on Saturday, unveiling a monument in her honor on her Jubilee
“But as she comes into the twilight of her reign, I think Australians are naturally starting to wonder what is next for Australia.
“Do we want King Charles or are we mature enough or independent enough to consider appointing one of our own as head of state?”
Mr Thistlethwaite said that even as a republic, Australia would remain in the Commonwealth, continue to compete in the Commonwealth Games and be respectful and welcoming of the British Royal Family.
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“When you think about it, the average Australian’s relationship with the Royal Family is not going to change. They will always be invited here. They will always come here and make the front pages of our magazines and newspapers.