Leaders of seven states and territories in Australia have come together in support of making Austrailia a Republic
On January 24th a nearly unanimous declaration of support for making Australia a Republic was made, the plans were formed by the Australian Republican Movement(ARM), nearly all of the political leaders in Australia now support the push for a newly declared republic.
Those who have already signed the declaration include Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition leader Bill Shorten.
“Never before have the stars of the Southern Cross been so aligned in pointing to the dawn of a new republican age for Australia,” says Peter FitzSimons, chairperson of the Australian Republican Movement who drafted the declaration.
Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory, Andrew Barr
“I believe Australians deserve to have a head of state who is Australian – someone who lives in our country and represents our values and belief. Our ties with the Monarchy continue to reflect a nation of the past. It’s time for us to grow up and stand on our own two feet.”
Colin Barnett the only political leader who refused to sign the declaration has reportedly said that the time is not right, but is in general support of the initiative.
In 1999, Australia held a referendum on proposals to declare it a republic, with over 45% of people voting for replacing Queen Elizabeth ll as head of state. A renewed push is now under way to now create a Republic of Australia.