Standing up for Canberra

Let’s restart the debate about the republic

More than 110 years after Federation, isn’t it time Australia became a republic?

The fact that Australia is still so strongly connected to the British monarch seems out of date with a modern Australia.

We saw how Australians reacted to the Prime Minister knighting Prince Philip on Australia Day - the same day that another Commonwealth country, India, was celebrating the 66th anniversary of becoming a republic.

We saw a similar reaction from the public last year when the Prime Minister reintroduced knighthoods – and much of the criticism came from within his own team!

There are many aspects of the British monarchy that I find un-Australian.

We tell our kids that if they work hard they can grow up to be anything they want to be.

Except if you want to become the Head of State.

That Australia is still connected to such an inequitable and unfair system is quite frankly embarrassing – and I say this with all due respect to Queen Elizabeth, her family and the Governor General.

Australia needs a political system that allows any of our citizens to rise to the top on merit, not birthright. Only then will we be able to move forward into the next chapter of our history as a free country.

We need an Australian republic – a model that truly speaks for who we are: our modern identity, our place in our region and our world.

Such an Australia will make it clear that we are independent, mature and unambiguously sovereign.