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  • Australia should become a republic

    Australia is currently ruled by Great Britain. Australia should take a stand and knock Great Britain off its shoulders and rein free as a republic.

    Australia currently is funding many countries (poor countries) and the government is losing a lot of money from it. If Australia becomes a republic, then we wouldn't have to fund other countries using money that couod be put into schools and public areas such as parks.

    Additionally, a long time ago most of the world was against Hitler and one of those countries needed the help of our troops and at the end, the army came back from the war without millions of people because they died on the battle ground. If Australia becomes a republic then Australia wouldn't of have to sacrifice those people for the other country.

    Australia should be a republic. They won't have to lose troops and also won't have to lose money

  • Who wants to be rules by an old lady?!

    The queen has great Britain's interest at heart not Australia's. Nowadays Australians enjoy the gossip and excitement a royal wedding has or the arrival of a royal baby. They want to feel part of the fairy tale but HAHA SUCKERS! Also the royal family don't need to work their butt of like we have to. They earn money from our taxes we pay. They spend it like water on baby SHOES!. PEOPLE OPEN YOUR EYES!

  • Because we can

    Life is awesome live it to the max and i reckon that we should just be an awesome country have a president and it would be great aswell as have our flag changed to green (the real aussie colours) and we have alllies the americans who are great allies anyways.

  • Australia has been on their own for too long!

    Australia supports a ton of other countries and Britain "supports" Australia even though the queen cant even support her countries properly. Britain's control of Australia should end because the government is horrible at making decisions and the people of Australia would be able to make much better decisions than Britain.

  • It's just a matter of time, equity and common sense.

    An Australian who has earned the right through proper process should be our Head of State. This would be far preferable than the Australian population swearing allegience to the geographically and culturally removed British Monarchy. To have as our Head of State, the Queen of England quite wrongly indicates that Austraia is not a strong, independent and fully functioning social, economic and legal entity.

  • Thoughts from an Australian

    I think Australia needs to have better ties with the USA, Canada and Asia. It seems as though now a days the Commonwealth particularly the UK couldn't care less for Australia, not to mention the UK's choice to abandon the Commonwealth for the EU. Now I'm not trying to say that the UK is bad or anything but imagine the possible positive outcomes that Australia could gain through becoming a Republic. Also I believe if Australia became a republic, it would have better chances at gaining better relationships with world leading countries e.g. China, USA. Also being a Republic, Australia could not only make its own decisions but perhaps gain some actual "Australian" culture.

  • Let us be free, let us bee independent, let us be Australia!

    For years Australia has been cast under the darkening realms of the British rule. I myself a twelve year old boy believe in a change that must happen only imaging the other plenty men and women pleading for a change, for a glimpse of freedom. Australia's wealth is not supported by England's support. Australia in fact is one of the most richest countries in the world today and England is no where in the reason for it's wealth. Australia's economy is splendid and if anything British rule will on worsen this. The famous Union Jack has been engraved upon many country's flags including Australia. Australia must change this and beam with pride as we present our new and improved flag to the world. Britain has done nothing for us and also does not deserve to own a country and not help it prosper. In fact all England has done is pave the roads over the tombs and the bodies of innocent aboriginals. A great man once said "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." and this great man is none other than the great Australia. So Australia must start by unlatching our chains!

  • Lets Have an Independent Australia

    Australia has been under the Queens rule for over a century, however she is only ventures into our country for celebrations. Not for political standings. The Queen is no longer our ruler, as where a Prime Minister is. We have a Governor General, which is the Queen's adviser in our country. We should be able to release ourselves from their holds and become a completely independent country. No longer under the rule of a Queen, but under the rule of a President.

  • Yes it should

    The case for a republic is clear - ambition, responsibility and democracy, or an unaccountable political system at the heart of which is an institution based on inheritance and exclusive privilege.What does a republic have? It has a head of state elected by the people and Australia would have a president, but the prime minister would still run the political affairs. The monarchy does none of these things. It relies and dependence on others.

  • The queen doesn't even live here

    Why should we be under the queens rule if that old lady doesn't even live here. We don't need someone who we don't like to tell us what to do. I hate the fact that the queen was born into the monarchy, Gets so much money and she doesn't even live here but she gets to tell us what to do

  • Helps us with trade

    Just did a debate on this - by becoming a republic, We could strengthen our trading ties with our neighbouring continents like Asia. Instead of sacrificing time, Money and quality of our trade products by sending it to a country in Europe - the furthest continent from us - we could trade much more efficiently with the closer continents. By becoming a republic, Closer countries will be more prepared to trade with us because we will no longer be associating ourselves with Britain.

    Posted by: FMS
  • Help us with trade

    Just did a debate on this - By becoming a republic, We will have more trade opportunities. Instead of trading with a country on the other side of the world, We could trade better with closer continents like Asia. Countries like Chana and Japan can offer us more trade than the UK can as well as the quality, Time and cost of us trading being greatly decreased.

  • Yes to a republic

    I think Australia should so become a republic. It will show that Australia is independent and can run by themselves. Who needs an old lady? NOT US. We are a independent country So everyone get on on board board with Australia becoming a republic
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  • We won't even leave the commonwealth!

    The 1949 London Declaration provides for countries to remain part of the Commonwealth even if, Like India, They became republics. It also allowed countries with Indigenous monarchies to be admitted to the Commonwealth. The organisation itself changed its name from the British Commonwealth to the Commonwealth of Nations. That is our history, But we rule our future!

  • We Need a REPUBLIC

    We should ditch the queen and just stick with our leader we have know and become a free republic and make Australia a even greater country that we have today. We should have another referendum and hopefully more Australians agree with me that we should become a free republic one and for all!

  • Australia should have a bill of rights.

    The last referendum failed and not by much not because people didn't want to become a republic but because it was phrased in a way that the government not the people would choose our head of state. Sure Britain's economy is larger they have 3 times the population and ours is growing. We have trade, We have scientists, We have wealth and we should have a damned bill of rights! The Queen of England supports us becoming a republic and only wants it to happen in her lifetime as she is sick of the deathwatch. We have coincidentally replacing her in our common currency. We're the only ones holding ourselves back.

  • Love yourself xoxo

    Hi everyone, I thought I would express the love and respect I have for everyone, No matter what government system runs us we are all Australians! Don't let this tear apart valuable friendships! I hope you all have an amazing day, Drink plenty of water and get enough sleep. You are all very pretty xoxo

  • We don't need an old lady! COm

    Shouldn't the point of a big boss, When she doesn't know what's going on! She HARDLY EVER comes here, And when she does, She doesn't talk to locals. She can't help Australia because she doesn't know what the people want. We don't need Britain to boss us around! We should have the freedom to choose what we want. For hundreds of years, We have been under the rule of Britain for ages. Its time we got out of it.

  • Why not?

    I don't want Australia be be controlled by Great Britain, Australia needs to grow up and start acting it age, Its almost 300 years old and is still dependent on Great Britain, And the Queen. This could grow our country and become a greater nation. From the man with a dream.

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  • Able to make our own decisions.

    If Australia became a republic we would have the ability to change laws and make decisions without the GG (Governor Generals)'s approval. This would make Australia able to make laws etc independently without having to have that signature by the GG. At the moment we still have to have the Queen's approval to make the laws that make our country, Not Britain's.

  • Australia needs independence from parasitic royals

    Having been under the rule of the BRF for well over 100 years it’s time Australia grew up and stopped being scared to stand on it’s own feet.

    We no longer need to pay for royal visits that offer us what? Nothing.

    What are we gaining out of this?

    Nothing.

  • Stand on our own two feet

    Australia should stand on their own two feet, And not depend on the British as they have done for many years. And many other countries that are part of the commonwealth are republics. Australia should be run by someone we elect and choose not born into the position, As the royals do.

  • We are being used

    The only reason the Queen has Australia under her control is so that she has the ability to use us when she sees it fit. We pay them money, We have our Armed Forces and legislation all under her control. She is legally a dictator, Though that word is not commonly used towards her. None of our laws are passed without her permission. I want our nation to be run by OUR PEOPLE!

  • It's Time For Australia To Become A Republic!

    Australia should become a republic because they deserve it as they have been serving the British empire, And in these days still having a king or queen is old fashioned. This is because we have a new of ruling system which is the prime minister, Minister, Representatives of a place and etc.

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  • Make our own laws

    We are one but we are many and from all the lands of earth we come we share our dreams and sing with one voice I am you are we all are Australian so yeah that's why I think we should do this go go go go go go go

  • Because we should b our own nation

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  • We aren’t a young nation anymore

    Leave us alone. We don’t need Britain and there allies. We have lost a whole generation of out home nplands natives because of these “higher classes” beings. Seriously how would you like it if we took away your children and took away from your culture. Think about that Britain. From Australia

  • We Want Control

    Persuasive Techniques matching exercises

    Friday, 20 February 2015
    12:37 PM

    Complete the activities below. You will notice that activity one and three are very similar. You can use the highlighter function to complete activity one and then add the example from activity 2.


    Persuasive Techniques- Matching Exercise
     
    TASK ONE: Match the persuasive technique to the definition.
     
    Alliteration Using words like ‘we’, ‘you’, ‘our’ and ‘us’ to make your audience think you are talking only to them.
    Groups of Three When you pick holes in your opposition’s argument so that your point of view sounds better.
    Emotive language To go over the top and make things sound better or worse than they are.
    Repetition When three adjectives or phrases are used together to make them stand out.
    Rhetorical questions Repeating words or phrases so that they stick in your audience’s mind.
    Exaggeration Using words that make people feel sad, angry, upset, sympathetic or guilty.
    Personal pronouns Repeating the consonant sounds at the beginning of words to make them stand out.
    Criticise the other person’s point of view Using questions that don’t need an answer to get the audience to think.
     
     
    TASK TWO:
     
    Imagine you are trying to persuade your parents to allow you to stay out late.
     
    Which 4 persuasive techniques would you use?
     
    For each one, write a sentence which is persuasive.
     
    e.G. Don't you remember what it was like when you were my age? When everyone else was out and you had to sit in?
     
     
    Persuasive Techniques
     
    Match up the techniques to their definition and examples by drawing a line to link them.
     
     
     
     
    Definition and example
    When 3 adjectives or phrases are used to emphasise a point. e.g. Homework is boring, dull and uninteresting.
    When information is given that is over the top, or slightly untrue. e.g. If I get set one more homework I am going to move to the moon!
    When truthful information is given to back up a point. e.g. 95% of pupils feel that there is too much homework.
    A question that is asked which makes the reader think. e.g. How would you feel is you had 2 hours of homework every night?
    When words are used to make the reader feel a certain emotion, like sadness or anger. e.g. We are the poor, helpless children who are forced to do hours and hours of homework every night.
    Words or phrases are repeated so that they stick in the reader’s mind. e.g. remember what is was like to be at school, remember how much work you had.

    Persuasive Technique
     
    Rhetorical question
     
     
    Repetition
     
     
    Emotive Language
     
     
    Exaggeration
     
     
    Facts and Statistics
     
     
    Groups of Three
     
     
     
     
     Australia has been under the control of the queen for 66 years now.... We all want control over our own country, we want to make the decisions that have a huge impact on our environment and our place, the place that we call home.

  • We Absolutely need to become a republic!!!!!!!!!!!

    We are an independent Country where people have the right to vote,
    elect our leaders and form a government. This is called democracy. Actually she doesn’t represent us in the world and under her we are
    just reminding ourselves of our colonial past and not moving forward.
    Become a republic!

  • Take Care Of Ourselves

    We are big boys and girls now, surely we do not mother to be telling us what to do any more. We have grown up over the centuries, and that as a nation we can hold our own on the economical, trade and diplomatic forefront of global leadership. We need a Republic to prove to the world that we do not need the U.K to hold our hand.

  • Should Australia become a republic? (Affirmative)

    Australia is currently ruled by Great Britain off its shoulders and rein free as a republic.
    For years Australia has been cast under the darkening realms of the British rule. I myself an eleven year old girl believe in a change that must happen only imagining the other plenty men and women pleading for a change, for a glimpse of freedom. Australia’s wealth is not supported by England’s support. Australia in fact is one of the richest countries in the world today and England is nowhere in the reason for its wealth. Australia’s economy is splendid and if anything, British rule will worsen on this.

    The famous Union Jack has been engraved upon many country’s flags including Australia. Australia must change this and beam with pride as we present our new and improved flag to the world. Britain has done nothing for us and also does not deserve to own a country and not help it grow. In fact, all England has done is pave the roads over the tombs and the bodies of innocent aboriginals. A great man once said “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” and this great man is no other than the great Australia.

    The case for a republic is clear - ambition, responsibility and democracy, or an unaccountable political system at the heart of which is an institution based on inheritance and exclusive privilege.What does a republic have? It has a head of state elected by the people and Australia would have a president, but the prime minister would still run the political affairs. The monarchy does none of these things. It relies and dependence on others. So, Australia must start by unlatching our chains!

  • Sorry its really long but I am passionate about this topic

    If Australia is a Continent/ Island and Country. We should have the right to be a republic. Australia represents so many positions and has such a high reputation that it is cruel to be ruled by the queen when we can be independant and improve our status. We look after Islands in our Continent such as Papua new guinea on our own so we should not be ruled by England. What is the point of improving Australia if the queen is going to be the one to let us set new rules. If we make a rule that Children under 18 cannot drive, it may get through parliament but it has to have the approval of the queen before being set. England is not even part of our continent so why should they look after us when they have hardly any relationship with us.

    In the second line of Australia’s legal national anthem, it clearly states that we are young and free. How should be young and free if we are federation with no freedom. We can’t be young and free if we are ruled by England. England is always telling us what rules are “best” for our country. I am sure we can find out what rules are best for our country on our own. It should be the Prime Minister's job to tell us what to do and what we need to improve on. That is the whole reason why we have a prime minister. Speaking of prime minister, we elected our first prime minister in 1901 where we agreed to elect someone who will look after Australia, financially and more. There is no need for two representatives, the queen and prime minister, to look after Australia. We already have a prime minister who is 100% Australian when the queen is 100% British . It makes no sense for Queen Elizabeth II to be in charge of Australia when she is not even Australian!

    Instead of the queen, we’ll also have our prime minister that will put Australia and its interests first in all situations - the Queen will never be able to represent us properly while we share her with 15 other countries We’ll be able to choose an Aussie as our head of state, instead of being told which British person we have to have because of their family connections. Our constitution will be 100% Australian and independent of other countries and have no British impact at all. We’ll have our prime minister that can represent Aussie values mateship, equality and a fair go - more than a foreign royal family ever could.

    To sum things up, Australia is ready to stand on its own two feet - we are independent and deserve to be the ones who make the ultimate decisions about our future. After all, every Australian child should be able to aspire to hold the top job. Plus, it's what most Aussies want.

  • Australia Is Independent

    For years, Australia has lied in the darkness of the British Rule. Why should we spend our life, being ruled by Britain, when we can be free? Do we really need to be in the hands of another country? We have to live life to the max, considering we only have one and it’s pure torture to not be free as a country. Not only is our country where we live, but everyone in this country certainly  should be able to roam free and work together to keep this country going. It is obvious that we don’t need to be controlled by Britain and we can make our own decisions. It’s our choice, not other countries. Why do we need to live with their decisions? We should choose our own leaders, and have a voice for our opinions. Clearly, we can fully be Democratic. We have many greatly skilled people that can lead a path for all of us without depending on Britain.

  • Australia should be a republic

    In my opinion Australia should become a republic because if we are it wouldn’t take so long for Australia to make laws official. Everyone in Australia would have a say and get heard yes not everyone is part of the group of representatives but the representatives would be full of your average people so they could have the same views as you. The government would be full of people who grab to everyone’s needs and wants. I also think we’ll have a head of state that will put Australia and its interests first in all situations, the Queen or King of England will never be able to represent us properly while we share them with lots of other countries and our constitution will be 100% Australian and independent of other countries.
    Yes Australia will have to create a flag and some people don’t want that to happen but if it does we could make it different which includes aboriginals and Torres strait islanders contexts because they are an important part of Australia. Australia's wealth is not supported by England's support. Australia in fact is one of the richest countries in the world today and England is nowhere in the reason for its wealth. Australia's economy is splendid and if anything, British rule will on worsen this.

  • A foreign head-of-state is a conflict of interests.

    How can a Royal in the UK be expected to place Australia's interest first better than an Australian, especially if said interests conflict with the UK's! Besides, the Queen probably has her hands full as the head-of-state of all those Commonwealth nations. An Australian head-of-state would be able to focus better on Australia's interests alone.

  • We Don't Have a Bill of Rights

    Australia currently does not have a bill of rights. The closest thing we have is the United Nations Bill of Human Rights, of which we are signatories. This means that no Australians have the right to Education, Fair Imprisonment, Justice, et cetera. If we become a republic, we can write a Bill of Rights.

  • This is de wae!

    Just do it, don't let your dreams be dreams. We must take a stand against the royal family and free Australia from the biased rule of the English. Let us choose our own rulers who put Australia first. It will improve ties with other countries which will be very gud. BECAUSE OF YES!!!!!! Its a good ideas

  • This is do wae

    Just do it, don't let your dreams be dreams. We must take a stand against the royal family and free Australia from the biased rule of the English. Let us choose our own rulers who put Australia first. It will improve ties with other countries which will be very gud. BECAUSE OF YES!!!!!! Its a good ideas

  • An Australian Republic without a Head of State.

    Australia since Federation has maintained one of the most affluent and effective democracies in the world, partly because of the absents of a head of state. Presidential systems like the ones seen in the Americas centralise too much power to an individual within the executive branch i.E the president. All other ministers must adhere to the word of this individual, limiting plurality amoungst a countries leadership and policy makers. Having a system whereby the executive has an interdependent relationship with the legislature and executive maintains a plural leadership and is the best way to ensure accountability amoungst a broad leadership base. The role of the Judiciary is also to be left as it is which is to interpret constitutional matters etc. Australia does not seek to remedy its system of government, but merely change its identity as being a seperate entity from the monarch of Great Britian.

  • A Republic without a Head of State.

    Australia since Federation has maintained one of the most affluent and effective democracies in the world, partly because of the absents of a head of state. Presidential systems like the ones seen in the Americas centralise too much power to an individual within the executive branch i.E the president. All other ministers must adhere to the word of this individual, limiting plurality amoungst a countries leadership and policy makers. Having a system whereby the executive has an interdependent relationship with the legislature and executive maintains a plural leadership and is the best way to ensure accountability amoungst a broad leadership base. The role of the Judiciary is also to be left as it is which is to interpret constitutional matters etc. Australia does not seek to remedy its system of government, but merely change its identity as being a seperate entity from the monarch of Great Britian.

  • Yes we should

    The queen of England is head of state but she lives 15 000km away in a country on the other side of the world. We are the last thing on her mind and all she does for us is fire prime ministers and sip tea! So why should she be head of state if she isn't even aloud in the house of parliament.

  • Save the indifferent!

    In a republic, voting is less complicated because there are only two parties. In a democracy, we (the people) have so many different major and minor parties that it isn’t close to even a little humorous. I could explain what I think of this complicated system, but I don’t have long, and the quicker explanation contains swearing.

  • Barbecue is what we need

    Let us be free, let us bee independent, let us be Australia! For years Australia has been cast under the darkening realms of the British rule. I myself a twelve year old boy believe in a change that must happen only imaging the other plenty men and women pleading for a change, for a glimpse of freedom. Australia's wealth is not supported by England's support. Australia in fact is one of the most richest countries in the world today and England is no where in the reason for it's wealth. Australia's economy is splendid and if anything British rule will on worsen this. The famous Union Jack has been engraved upon many country's flags including Australia. Australia must change this and beam with pride as we present our new and improved flag to the world. Britain has done nothing for us and also does not deserve to own a country and not help it prosper. In fact all England has done is pave the roads over the tombs and the bodies of innocent aboriginals. A great man once said "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." and this great man is none other than the great Australia. So Australia must start by unlatching our chains!

  • Let us be free without control of the Brits!

    Why can’t we have a head of state instead of an old lazy lady a.K.A the Queen. Decide the desisions for us. Instead we can have an Australian person who we can vote for! The Queen is only decided by who runs in the family. The Queen is 90 and is lazy. People seem to care about her so much. Oh no the Queen has the flu. If we have someone who actually lives in this country and is not a spokesperson of the Queen (Cosgrove). Someone who lives in this country cares about us more than the lazy queen. A head of state will also represent us as a country better. Not just part of the U.K. Our country, our decisions.

  • Because i said so

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  • Burgers are good

    America has very good burgers and I love to go to McDonald’s but we need more burgers and more variety. We should have bigger burgers in Australia because the burgers aren’t better at hungry jacks. We need a America Burger King in Australia. I love burgers and you should to.

  • It needs to b

    America is better and we should be like them, I want a president so that it doesn't change every few months, preferably he would own a lot of chickens to sell and his face would be very arrange and hair would be blond as my mums pineapple plantation. Thank you.

  • Australia needs republic

    I can't believe that Australia is not a republic.

    We'll have a head of state that will put Australia and its interests first in all situations – the Queen or King of England will never be able to represent us properly while we share them with lots of other countries (15 others!)

  • Who wants to be ruled by an old lady....

    100% of our constitution would be Australian, we could have an independent Australian day which celebrates the day Australia became a republic, we could have a head of state who represents australia and we can vote ourselves instead of being told who will represent us. That is why Australia should be a republic.

  • Who wants to be ruled by an old lady?

    We will have a head of state that will put Australians first. We will have an aussie head of state, we will have a 100 present aussie constitutional monarchy. We will be a very big independent contrey, who wants to be ruled by some old lady who doesn't even live in the contrey?

  • Australia should definitely become a republic so we are not run by a British lady

    No one wants to be run by some who isn't even Australian and we already have a prime minister what more do we need 53% of people already agree 3 people in my group agree as well so do you agree?
    I know I do because I am Australian and not English.

  • Australia MUST become a republic.

    I want all Australians to have the privilege to serve as the head of state of Australia. We can only accomplish this through a republic. A republic doesn’t stand for a family, it stands for a nation. It stands for every single Australian, each of whom deserves the right to have a say in who should be their head of state. A head of state who defends Australia’s interests in the world and represents all of us, not just the traditions of royalty. A republic doesn’t disown the concept of royalty, rather it spreads royalty to every Australian, so that each of us has the same right to serve as the Australian head of state.

  • Being a republic has economical benefits.

    Once we become a republic nation, countries that are not on friendly terms with Britain will feel more comfortable trading with us.Like Russia, a survey undertaken by Chatham House asked 2,000 people for their views on countries throughout the world, 56% of participants say they feel especially unfavourable to Russia. So if we leave the monarchy we will be able to open up more trades with Russia. Furthermore, countries that Britain didn’t support will also be able to open up more trades with us. Moreover it would encourage visits from world leaders which will thereby lead to new found friendships. Leaving Britain is worth more than the few trade deals they provide us with. Australia, one team, one dream, to become a republic.
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  • Yes because yes

    There are many good reasons why Australia should become a republic, but the core ones are obvious and important.

    Firstly, an Australian Republic is about having an Australian head of state. Whilst it is true that Australia is a functionally independent nation, and the Governor General acts as a de facto head of state, under our Constitution the British monarch is the font of all legal power in Australia and our formal head of state. Until we break our last Constitutional links to the mother country, our nationhood is incomplete. Now, after 110 years of Federation, Australia must finally join the world of nations as a full equal, unshackled to any other nation.

    Perhaps even more importantly, the British monarchy is inequitable and undemocratic. It goes against commonly accepted Australian values about which we are justifiably proud – such as fairness, equality and egalitarianism – for Australian citizens to be the subjects of a foreign unelected figurehead monarch. Much more so when we consider that this head of state is selected not through merit, but through the principles of hereditary male primogeniture, and with Catholics being specifically ineligible. This is discriminatory and unfair, and wouldn’t be allowed under the anti-discrimination provisions of Australian law, yet is still the method of selection for the Australian head of state.

    What sort of example are we setting for our children when we say that our society is set up to reward hard work and talent, and with diligence and tenacity you can get anywhere in life—anywhere, that is, except for the very top job, which is reserved for the first born male – or, if no males are available, female – non-Catholic individual born into a particular highly privileged English family.

    That we still maintain links to this inequitable and unfair system – and have not asserted our full independence – is an affront to our national dignity. It is something that, irrespective of any fondness we may feel for a particular monarch, we should resolve to correct at the earliest possible time. The current system does not complement a free and fair Australia.

    Let’s have a plebiscite on the question Australians have the knowledge now to answer with confidence: “do you want an Australian Republic with an Australian head of state”. If this is resolved in the affirmative, let’s work to create the best republican Constitution in the world and put it to a referendum against the current system. If successful, we will then be able to move forward into the new millennium as a fully free, united and confident nation.

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  • Yes yes yes

    A republic is the way forward for Australia. Once Australia becomes a republic it will be an independent nation. Do we really want to be thought of as Brittan, having their union jack covering over our flag. Australia doesn't need the queen to make decisions for us because Australians know what's best for Australia, not Brittan.

  • Australia can make the right choice

    Australia can be independent, it can be ruled by someone better, we as Australians must make the right choice. The aboriginals own this land, not the queen of Britain. We might lose support from Great Britain, but we have NATO to support us. We would have more money for more buildings and public areas.

  • Our flag is boring

    I want a new flag that has nothing to do with England we are strong enough to be an independent contrary and who wants to be ruled by an old lady who gets the job just for being born and not actually trying and proving your worth to get the roll.

  • We are who ant

    So we have became a big centre of truism and they see on owe flag that it has the union jack on it and they would think that we still need Britten but that 53% up there knows the we can become a republic but we cant do this as a vote to really mean it we need that other 47% up there have a flag what doesn't have brattish elements in it but it has owe elements in it thank you for reading this and I hope Bothe sides can agree thank you

  • Yah it shood

    Coz it just hasta, I meen whaaah???!!! We live here so we shood get to control our laws because we kno what we kind of laws we need to keep citizens and immigrants safe. I kno im rite but wateva, u r gonna regret not changing Australia to a republic.

  • Do we need the queen on our coins

    Do you really believe that the queen should be controlling Australia? There are better people, that have changed and helped Australia in better ways than the queen has. Just because the queen has the title that she has, does not mean she has to be on the back of the five dollar note and every coin. Nobody wants to look at her face.

  • The Queen too old?

    The Queen too old. I also don't like her. So i think there should be no Queen because she doesn't do nothing for Australia or any of the commonwelth and we would have a president which would cool because there is no Queen and he gets to decide what wars Australia fight.

  • Republic for poll!

    Because we need a republic because we just need it. Please vote yes as well in the poll, i beg you! Please please please pretty please with sugar on top!!!! I beg everyone to vote yes! I will even give you $10,000 please accept this vote i wil love you forever! :)

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  • Cut the umbilical cord

    We have grown enough and developed our own identity. We don't need to hang on to the queen's petticoats any more. We can be civil to the Brits but let us get rid of the Governor General and all the governors who are a huge drain on the taxpayers' money,.

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  • We are Free

    Our current system forbids our children from becoming, or aspiring to become, the head of state of their own country, Australia has been an interdependent nation for over 100 years (115 to be exact), and yet we still don't have our own leader, we are a well thrived country that has concurred many tasks, i my self an Australian would hate to see us be governed by an outside source.

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  • Quickscope those pomms

    I reckon that we should punch those pommy lads in the snob, after all those bloody dog heads obviously cheated in the ruggers test match. As a nation we take pride in our national feats (Gallipoli, Stolen Generation and the Great Emu War), and the British seek to suppress our natural genetic superiority. Also we need to kick the Chinks out of Chatswood.

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  • Australia. FANTASTIC, well built country!

    As a kiwi who has only traveled to the GREAT LAND OF OZ, I believe Australia would make the PERFECT republic. I believe both NZ and Aussie really need to seriously start looking at cutting ties with the royals, to keep out of the UK's struggles and dodge a few bullets. The royals have NO PLACE in a modern society, and a country as big a Australia should be able to see that YES, it has the strength to stand on it's own 2 feet.

  • Save Australia and its People

    So fed up with the antiquated Australian Voting system!

    Australia' two party system, two mass parties competing with each other for government, which is formed by the party that can win the most seats in the house of representatives.
    THE FIRST- PAST- THE- POST ELECTORAL SYSTEM WAS PURPOSE BUILT TO ENSURE THAT THIS SYSTEM PERPETUATES.
    Electoral funding is tied to votes won, this also ensures that the two major parties continue to receive the most funding.
    I don't really have a choice of who I want in charge of my country, it's either Liberal or Labour......... And that depends on the dirty deals made behind closed doors!
    Australians are not heard!
    Why are Politian's entitled to life pensions and other exorbitant allowances? Are not all AUSTRALIANS entitled? It is LEGALISED THEFT that we the people are forced to pay!!!
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    We have not had one person we voted for remain in government!!!!!
    Australia needs to break free of this antiquated, controlling and rigged British ruling system that protects Politian's and the British rule.

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  • We do not reap any benefits from being in the Commonwealth

    For Australia to progress as a nation it needs to be independent. We no longer need to rely on England for protection or security, nor can they offer any. Australia funds monarch visits and trips which is money that can be invested elsewhere.

    Australia should focus on establishing relationships with other countries where both parties benefit rather than relying on the Commonwealth.

  • Yes! But do we have anyone smart enough

    I am all for Australia becoming a republic. My only issue is that we dont have anyone reliable to become president.
    The 2 partys we have a choice of at the moment dont really seem to care too much about environmental issues, future planing (away from old ideas which are obsolete eg; excessive mining, greed, power, dominant control over Australians), keeping assets owned by Australians not overseas corporate companies. These are only a few.
    If we were to elect a president to control our transformation into a republic, including a new constitution and laws. The candidate would have to of high ethical and social stardard compared to the usual business minded prime minister. Until then it is a difficult choice but a risk worth the reward.

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  • Sure why not

    We are a independent country with or without the queen. Why not make our own decisions and our own words rather than just say something and what till Britain says something. So i think yes should we became an independent for once do say yes to becoming a republic. Yay

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  • Independent Australia, Now!

    Will we have no more govenor general's kicking out our Prime Ministers. Nothing needs to change... We just need to get our act together and kick out the Queen and her cronies. No stuck up pommies will tell good old Aussies what to do... And besides, we actually hate tea...

  • Australia is multicultural

    We have always been a multicultural country, we should no longer support a monarchy.Its time we created our own identity as a nation. We have always followed Britain then the US, we need to start leading not following. I have never felt like I was a British subject, have never felt my grandfathers fought for the Union Jack, they fought for Australia and Australians as did the indigenous but unrecognised original inhabitants of this great country.

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  • NOO we shouldnt

    All of the Aussies that died fighting for great Britain shouldn't have died
    fighting for a country that does nothing for us. The Queen struggles to rule her countries let alone Australia, she doesn't care about us at all.
    If we become a republic then we can make our own decisions instead of having to listen to the Queen. We are the ones who have built Australia not Britain. The pommies did nothing while all of the convicts worked their butts off. If there is another world war than more soldiers will die for great Britain who does nothing for us.

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  • Yes, we should become a republic

    We basically act without the crown right now so why not, also the people of Australia want to become a republic and this is a democracy so again why not? We will have more independence and be able to act a country instead of colony other another. So yeah im just getting the word count

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  • Australia should not become a republic

    I do not believe that Australia should become a republic because. The country (Australia) is doing really well. The Queen doesn't even have any power either, except to confirm the appointment of Governor General which is done by the Prime minister. Also most people n Australia are happy with or without republic

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  • Do we even need this discussion

    Why should we change a system if it appears to be working. Yes we could incorporate the aboriginal flag and the colours in our national flag and still be considered a commonwealth country, We spend to much time looking at ways to fix a not even broken system but we don't spend time fixing the true issue in society today.

    Another point I wish to add is a what if question. What if Australia came under attack, it is part of the treaty that is withheld between Australia and Britain that Britain must help us out because we are consider one nation. I know people might argue about the time in World War 2 were Britain left us to fight on our own but that was due to the fact that Britain was being invaded and bombed.

    Before I get of topic I wish to add that while we as a country is progressing further then one can even dream who are we fundamently, are we a nation built upon strength that was given to us by the British or are we a nation willing to abandoned the ties shared to forsake ourselves.

  • An advanced Country being governed by a far away monarchy?

    Why do we need the the royal family. They and the Governor General have no true power and are useless. Let the royal family 'rule' their own country and let us rule ours. Why should we Australians have an British Head of State. We deserve an Australian Head of State, we deserve an Aussie President

  • Australia being a republic

    Australia should be a republic because then one of our own citizens have a chance of being the head of state of Australia and it would give Australia that boost of independence and would make us look like our own nation and not just well what it is now yeah!

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  • We Need Our Own Head Of State!!!

    Australians love the current Queen and royal family, however how can we be sure that the future King/Queen will be as good or as understanding of our cultures and beliefs? She/He is, after all the Commander in Chief of our armed forces, and she also does nothing to make our governing system better, does she?

  • Australia should become a republic

    1) Australia is now a diverse and progressing nation and should have an Australian as head of state.
    2) Australia should be seen as an independent nation on the international stage.
    3. Australian people deserve a say in the future and to develop an unambiguous national identity
    4) The queen, our current prime minister and the majority of premiers in Australia agree with becoming a republic.

  • Independence is a necessity for Australia;

    If we as a nation want a sense of self identity, respect and fluffiness we will not gain it from a royal family with more inbreeding in its genes than any other! The notion that we as a nation need to keep this country a constitutional monarchy on the basis of our heritage perhaps would be more suitable in the United Kingdom. Australia cannot truly gain independence and a sense of self identity if we linger with a royal family with no values, respect for working citizens and stale British ideologies.
    There appears to be a repeated argument that we as a nation would regret our decision in becoming a republic. This is purely fear-mongering rubbish! On what grounds would we regret our decision? Did the United States regret their decision in the latter of the 18th century? Did France regret theirs? Of course not. France would not be the developed nation they are without their republic. The United States would not be the super Power-house they are without their independence. Furthermore the notion that constitutional monarchies are a robust, equal and innovative system of governance is complete rubbish. If England did not have a monarchy that tampered with equality, freedom and tolerance as they did for centuries it would be feasible to say that they would have progressed socially sooner than later.
    The truth is it is religious institutions and century old monarchies that hold back progressive societies. The Catholic Church held onto their sterile views of tradition for centuries before they reformed their views of same-sex marriage and alike.
    If history has taught us anything it is that monarchies and religious institutions hold back a society and civilisation from rebranding into modern, free, equal societies that we enjoy in present day.
    If this is not enough to change the minds of those who prefer sterile monarchies over progression than perhaps this may change their minds; Prince Charles as King of Australia! We would be the pit of all jokes to embrace Charles as king! Charles is nothing more than a ladies man who has dubious tastes to say the least!
    Alas the notion of King Charles is a closer glimpse of reality than we Pro-Republicans can bare to think off. After all he is the successor of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. We can only hope than Australian’s wake up from their monarchy fantasy and realise the royal family is nothing more than tax-dodging socialists who live of work-class citizens.

  • Independence is a necessity for Australia;

    If we as a nation want a sense of self identity, respect and fluffiness we will not gain it from a royal family with more inbreeding in its genes than any other! The notion that we as a nation need to keep this country a constitutional monarchy on the basis of our heritage perhaps would be more suitable in the United Kingdom. Australia cannot truly gain independence and a sense of self identity if we linger with a royal family with no values, respect for working citizens and stale British ideologies.
    There appears to be a repeated argument that we as a nation would regret our decision in becoming a republic. This is purely fear-mongering rubbish! On what grounds would we regret our decision? Did the United States regret their decision in the latter of the 18th century? Did France regret theirs? Of course not. France would not be the developed nation they are without their republic. The United States would not be the super Power-house they are without their independence. Furthermore the notion that constitutional monarchies are a robust, equal and innovative system of governance is complete rubbish. If England did not have a monarchy that tampered with equality, freedom and tolerance as they did for centuries it would be feasible to say that they would have progressed socially sooner than later.
    The truth is it is religious institutions and century old monarchies that hold back progressive societies. The Catholic Church held onto their sterile views of tradition for centuries before they reformed their views of same-sex marriage and alike.
    If history has taught us anything it is that monarchies and religious institutions hold back a society and civilisation from rebranding into modern, free, equal societies that we enjoy in present day.
    If this is not enough to change the minds of those who prefer sterile monarchies over progression than perhaps this may change their minds; Prince Charles as King of Australia! We would be the pit of all jokes to embrace Charles as king! Charles is nothing more than a ladies man who has dubious tastes to say the least!
    Alas the notion of King Charles is a closer glimpse of reality than we Pro-Republicans can bare to think off. After all he is the successor of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. We can only hope than Australian’s wake up from their monarchy fantasy and realise the royal family is nothing more than tax-dodging socialists who live of work-class citizens.

  • Absolutely! Australia needs independence

    Australia has long been part of the British monarchy since its founding as 'Australia'. The extent of whether the Queen has served her role with integrity or not is irrelevant. I will be the first to say that Queen Elizabeth II has done a miraculous job (from a pro-republic perspective). However if we as a nation want to form a sense of self identity then becoming a republic is the answer. No matter what pro-constitutional monarchist say we will never be truly independent if we linger around because of stale British ideologies. Albeit an expensive decision to become republic the benefits would be rewarding. The notion that we would regret becoming a republic is fear mongering rubbish! Did the US regret their decision during the latter of the 18th century? Did France regret their pro-republic move? Australia can not gain a sense of independence, self identity nor can we move onto the world stage as modern, prosperous independent country without being referred back to our long, tiring and overrated royal ties if we continue with a monarchy. What's more disturbing furthermore is the thought of Prince Charles becoming King of Australia! Indeed what a bleak and abhorrent thought of our near future. Prince Charles is nothing more than a ladies man with poor decision making. We would be a laughing stock to embrace Charles as king of Australia! Personally I would rather leave this country my family has called home for 7 generations and pursue life in America than embrace a king who has little integrity.

  • Lol australia should be republic motherfuckers

    Australia has been under the Queens rule for over a century, however she is only ventures into our country for celebrations. Not for political standings. The Queen is no longer our ruler, as where a Prime Minister is. We have a Governor General, which is the Queen's adviser in our country. We should be able to release ourselves from their holds and become a completely independent country. No longer under the rule of a Queen, but under the rule of a President.

  • We wouldn't lose alot, like people think.

    People say that if Australia becomes a republic there would be lots of things to do plus we'd miss out on important events. Technially this isn't true. Australia would still remain in the Commonwealth Games contrary to peoples belief. There are over 30 republics competing in the Commonweath Games. Australia would still be included.

    Australians also have to pay for the queen, whenever she visits Australia.

    Now about changing the money. It would be a pain in the ass, but having an important Australian figure such as Henry Parks on the back of the coin instead of the queen, who frankly is not an important Australian figure. Britan may have discovered Australia, but the queen has not much to do with Australia besides the occasional visit

    And the flag, I don't mind the flag, but the real Australian colours are green and gold. We should have a flag representing what Australia is, not the English colours of red, white and blue.

    I know Australia is good like it is, but there are more pros then cons for Australia to become a republic. We have not much to lose, but alot to gain.

  • Australia could of been the second Britain

    Did you know back in 1884 we just got our national anthem it is advanced Australian fair and still to this day so i look at what we had before the national anthem and to my surprise WE HAD god save the queen which is Britains national anthem i hope you knew this before thinking that we shouldnt become a republic.

  • Independent Australia not a part of British monarch

    Australia has been a part of British monarch for a long time. It has benefited us in different ways, but we need a independent, individual country for ourselves now! We can't always be following Britain and have Union Jack on our Australian flag! We should be able to stand up for ourselves and have a country that we can change when the people want to.

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  • Republic for the win

    Now people state that it will cost too much many and we have to change our flag, our song, and our currency but if we don’t start then it will never get done. If we start now it will help our future generations to be proud that they are Australian were we are free people. And why do we have the English flag on our flag? That is saying that we need the English when we don’t even need her we can cope by ourselves just fine. As a country we will grow stronger together because “A republic is of the people, for the people”. We will control our own country and make decisions for ourselves not for the greediness of England. We will have a true democratic system with the people determining their leader.

  • Yes, we need to become a republic

    Australia is indeed a son of Great Britain, but the son who proved its competence over time by taking part in world events, yet we act as if we are independent we still live with our parent. The time has come for us to move out and make our own way.

  • Yes it should

    I think Australia should become a republilc because if you had a republic you could have your own flag and add like a kangaroo or a wallaby or even a emu for the flag and grab out the union out of the flag and have your own amazing Australian flag

  • Aussie Aussie Aussie

    If I am not wrong we once voted against being a republic country some years ago. The first thing you’s have to realise is that we want a democratic Republic. We know that North Korea and China are not good examples of this, but they weren’t democratic Republics where their leaders were voted in. I understand Australians and feel sympathy for them about that they are different from some other countries which they were under British monarchy like India. They have many similarities with their famous grandmother and do not feel they have to be an independent republic to feel a full respect and confidence as an Australian citizen. This way Australia could be its own Australia and kick out the union jack and make our own new Australian flag. A country should be run by its own people!!!

  • Aussie Aussie Aussie

    If I am not wrong we once voted against being a republic country some years ago. The first thing you’s have to realise is that we want a democratic Republic. We know that North Korea and China are not good examples of this, but they weren’t democratic Republics where their leaders were voted in. I understand Australians and feel sympathy for them about that they are different from some other countries which they were under British monarchy like India. They have many similarities with their famous grandmother and do not feel they have to be an independent republic to feel a full respect and confidence as an Australian citizen. This way Australia could be its own Australia and kick out the union jack and make our own new Australian flag. A country should be run by its own people!!!

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  • I don't like the way it is

    I am from Canada and I came to Australia for the adventure but now I heard about this debate and I keep thinking that Australia is better off a republic and that if Australia became one it would be able to be ruled by somebody else other than a old lady and I could become president

  • I don't like the way it is

    I am from Canada and I came to Australia for the adventure but now I heard about this debate and I keep thinking that Australia is better off a republic and that if Australia became one it would be able to be ruled by somebody else other than a old lady and I could become president

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  • Why should we stay with the queen

    After 300 years of being under the queens rule what has she done for us? Nothing not a penny to help with education or health care and we serve by their side in wartime we wear their Union Jack on our flag but do they still care? Its time for us to become a republic like Russia or America we will call ourselves "the United States of australia" or " Union of social australian republic

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  • Just for fun

    I am not australian, so I don't care at all... I have to debate about this topic, so that's why I'm team yep... Like, come on guys, why not. Risks are what make you go forwards in life. Be a thug, live life to the fullest, i need 4 more words.

  • Thank you, we'll take it from here

    Historically at the time of Federation, Australia's was formed by a group of colonies coming together telling Britain that whilst our allegiance would remain to the Queen of England that we would govern ourselves. Since then, 105 years have passed and Australia has diverged from the UK and we've clearly done a great job, we have become a strong, innovative and multi-cultural nation. We already have our own accent, currency, immigration, sports, laws, multicultural and geopolitical influences. Becoming a republic is the last step in saying that we are now in full control, both in practice and on paper. One of our own is more than capable of becoming our Head of State, we are now in the 21st Century and we no longer reflect the Britain that we once pledged our allegiance to 105 years ago. It is time that Australians show the world that we have our own identity and no longer require Britain to self-govern. Australia needs to reflect our nation only; not a Southern Cross succumbed to the dominion of the Union Jack.

  • We need it.

    We need it. Pretty much every other contry has it, not us though. I am not very good at this so i am just going to chant as i need to fill this. We need it! We need it! We need it! We need it! We need it! We need it! We need it! We need it! We need it! We need it! We need it! We need it! We need it! We need it! We need it! We need it! We need it! We need it!

  • We should and we will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Australia has been under the Queens rule for over a century, however she is only ventures into our country for celebrations. Not for political standings. The Queen is no longer our ruler, as where a Prime Minister is. We have a Governor General, which is the Queen's adviser in our country. We should be able to release ourselves from their holds and become a completely independent country. No longer under the rule of a Queen, but under the rule of a President.

  • Independent Australia NOW

    It's almost degrading that we suck up to a smaller in my opinion less influential country. 200 years ago, we needed them for support, now we are just some other country to tell their royal news to. This doesn't mean we have to break an alliance, we just don't need the support of the commonwealth anymore

  • We are australian

    We are a proud independent nation, we don't need mummy looking after us any longer, yes we will never forget our history and we are proud of our British heritage, but let's crawl out from under mums apron and do it for ourselves, we are capable you know, we have grown up...

  • See ya UK!

    As an Aussie living in England, I can't stress it enough for Aus to become independent. Over here I'm viewed as a convict or second class citizen. The UK is more than happy to import non English speaking EU citizens to work in healthcare, yet make it quite difficult for Aussies to get in. Why should Aus bother? Australia also doesn't get a mention in Rememberance day over here, so tell me why we are trying to hold on to the Queen???

  • See ya UK

    As an Aussie living in England, I can't stress it enough for Aus to become independent. Over here I'm viewed as a convict or second class citizen. The UK is more than happy to import non English speaking EU citizens to work in healthcare, yet make it quite difficult for Aussies to get in. Why should Aus bother? Australia also doesn't get a mention in Rememberance day over here, so tell me why we are trying to hold on to the Queen??

  • We are part of something good

    Australia and the rest of the British Empire have a history; and we've all heard the recount of darkness and prosperity. But look further back to the tribes of ancient times, and even further back to the solitary lives of the average earthy creature. Haven't we put a lot of time and effort into becoming a group? The successful future of Mankind is a global unity, not a fracturing over petty power struggles. Don't be short-sighted; reach out, join hands and strive for a world of Humanity. We can do it!

  • Definitely a Republic

    Australia claims it is a 'democracy', how can that be when we are represented by someone we might not want to represent us? Also, the Queen doesn't think about Australia, only oh the mighty and fantastic great Britain. Australia can protect itself without the help from Great Britain, we survived the financial disaster while it crippled other countries. We have what it takes to be a republic!

  • The queen has no right to judge a persons' work!!!!!

    If after all of the effort of the House of Representatives' and Senate's on creating the bill and making any amendments throughout the debate to make it improve, the GG or the Queen doesn't sign it, what's the point of having a constitutional monarchy?????? The House of Representatives and Senate's hard work is judged by the Queen who took no effort on making the law, and yet she's the one who signs it. What right does she have to judge and touch other persons' hard work that took months????

  • We Should Kick Out The Queen

    We should kick out the queen because it isn't fair that she is just born into power. Luckily, she isn't a terrible Queen, or we would be stuck with her, but there have been some pretty bad ones. It is good how we can vote our pm's into our country, and then kick them out, but we can't just kick put the queen like that.

  • Common Wealth Doesn't Count

    Britain has forced us to do their dirty work for far to long. They make us their pay taxes and fight their wars. This is stupid because they have their own country yet they are making Australia do it. You know another funny thing is that the queen rules over us. We need our one stable government and not one of another country. Dumb United Kingdom

  • Why can't we be like the big world?

    If we were to become an independent nation we would be able to save thousands, maybe millions of dollars so that we can fix up our own problems other than fixing someone elses. We are sheep, we follow a great power but if we were to become a great power than we could take great strides that could bring forth a prosperous country

  • People need their freedom.

    Everyone has their right to be able to do what they want and people can't tell each other what to do. They can be free and should not become a republic. Australia is fine the way it is and so are all the other countries ( unless they are a republic). Thx

  • Love our straya

    People don't understand that we can be our own thing, instead of being ruled by the big dog in Great Britain. We can be free and enjoy the things we want to, not having strings tied to us and people telling us all the time what we have to do. Let Australia free

  • Need for change

    We need to become a republic because Australia is moving away from a British country. Australia is pushing forward as multicultural country thats why we can't have Britain have control over us anymore because over 20% of the Australian population doesn't have an english background. We do need a change for Australia

  • Republic of australia's freedom

    •Governor general should not have the legal power in Australia and overhead of state. We are not a nation until we break constitutional links to the mother country. Our head of state should be an Australian.

    •The British monarchy is irrelevant to majority of Australian likes the Aboriginal, other Europeans and Asians. Australia is a multicultural country and we have our own identity

  • What do we want, republic when do we want it now

    1. We have Malcome turnbull on our side and he is the prime minister so boo ya.
    2. Who wants to see the boxing kangaroo on or flag or our green and gold colours.
    3. We should do it for trail and error and everybody loves a good experiment so come on Aus join us

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  • Yes Australia Republic!!

    The brittish monarch isn't Australian ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    When the Queen stops ruling we can change. We will need to change our money anyway.


    Vote Yes for the Republic of Australia

  • A foreign head of Government?

    I find it amazing and inexplicable that we have, as head of Australia and its government, a foreigner - an English woman. Surely an Australian should be the head of our government system. It's a simple change - the Governor General would be renamed "President" and nothing more needs to change, except the constitution. It can be done!

  • No man should be born to rule over another.

    Australia should become a republic. We would have better control over the country, we would have more freedom on the regulation of iron prices and whatnot. We wouldn't be obliged to be dragged into British wars like we have been in the past, we would be making major decisions as the people of Australia, being ruled by an Australian! We would have a choice of a type of economy when we become a republic, eg; Socialism, Capitalism, or a mixture to create a perfect, secure system which would fix all the faults we have in our current system. Fixing the faults in our economic system by completely reforming it could help avoid recession. Besides, colonial empires are a thing of the past, Australia needs national pride, prestige, our own flag! We, the people would be free from Britains chain! The time for change is now!

  • Republic is awsome

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  • We have our own national identity, values and character.

    Australia is our home and it is our responsibility to take the future in our hands, as Australians.

    Times have changed, and so have we. Our place in the world is here and we are proud of who we have become, Australian.

    We believe in an Australia that stands tall, with a clear national purpose, our own democratic institutions in our name and doing our best to live up to our values of freedom and the fair go.

    Australia celebrates our diversity and we should be united in allegiance to Australia.

    A republic is for all of us, all Australians. It’s about Australia belonging to all of us, in our name and not in the name of another country’s figurehead. It’s just common sense - and it’s also our great patriotic mission.

    Indeed why should we conclude that our people aren’t capable of producing a new set of institutions that better represent our values in practice as well as theory? We have built a mighty democracy and can make one further improvement to make it all-Australian, owned and operated.

    The republic should be an act of creation, just as Federation was in the late nineteenth century. Back then, Australia was part of the British Empire. Over the last century, we have taken each step in our national journey peacefully, successfully, through democratic debate and discussion.

    We believe in Australia’s future – we make our own luck and we can take control of our own destiny.

  • Independent is important

    The queen just flounces around, partying in all her finery - silk dresses, pearls and diamonds, velvet frill, acting like the queen. Which she is but what is the point of that? Australia just trails after England like a scared puppy, and it's time for Australia to step up and become independent

  • Do you really think that the queen cares about Australia?

    The queen never cares for Australia. She's like a decoration. We need to stick to Powerful Asian economies in order to advance as Australia, not Commonwealth of Australia. Wake up people, the queen doesn't care about Australia. Why would she anyways? The queen just uses us to show her power to other people, other than that, she doesn't care about us.

  • Just for banter, if it ain't broke don't fix it.

    If there isn't a problem, then nothing needs to be fixed. People want change because they don't like the system, then go somewhere else then, we wont miss you. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. I have nothing else to add and am finding it difficult to type the whole 50 words.

  • The False Assumptions of the 'No' vote

    Many of the arguments against republican reform are based in assumptions that are simply not grounded in evidence.
    1) Republicanism is not an aggressive rejection of the current Monarchism and reform would not change a commonwealth membership in any way. India, a recent host of the commonwealth is a republic of growing success and has both a strong sense of nationhood and an appreciation of the accelerated development that came with British imperialism. Nationhood and heritage are not necessarily at odds. On a more practical note, bureaucratic changes in, anthem, flag, currency design etc are just assumptions. The measures are in no way linked to the legitimacy of a new republic and could be changed at a much later date. The republican is fundamentally a democratic process and any significant changes would require a compelling mandate as a starting point. Additionally, while these reforms may not have a dramatic impact on the lives of most Australians, the geopolitical consequences will be both noteworthy and beneficial. An Australian republic would demonstrate Australia's close alignment with the South-East Asian Region and a commitment to being, first and foremost, a constructive partner to the many diverse nations of the region.

    Ultimately a republic will be realised when we develop a stronger sense of a new uniquely Australian identity and accept our geography for the betterment of our sovereignty, diplomacy and economy.

  • Economic growth is possible with an independent Australia

    Us Australians are sending money to other countries because of Britan. Not sending money would increase the value of the economy. Not to mention it would give us an identity that were not just the place where Britan sent convicts. Also giving Australia plenty of opportunities to grow in many ways.

  • Who wants to be ruled by a great grandma?!?!?!?!?

    No one is dumb enough to be allies wit the British since they cannot even solve their own problem thus why do we have any hope of solving ours? Besides we should become free and have better allies such as the US and Asia. After all it would be great to have a feeling of freedom.

  • Australia the head of Australia

    Australia should become a republic because it is unfair that the head of the country is just born in to the job. They haven't worked for it and they are the head of a country. Think about it there are on our money there are on tv and there in magazines but what have they that's right nothing they get all this attention for having a baby. Not for working hard And doing something for the country

  • No more english empire! We need a republic!

    Australia. A place that's almost perfect but we have one flaw, we aren't a republic. Face it, Australia needs to be republic. Our Prime Minister lies about the things that he says he will do of you got him into parliament. If we were a republic then we could have a chance to vote in a new President aka Leader and have second chance at a good country/continent/island! Majority? Pah! I say we vote for what we want and we follow the laws that we voted for! We shouldn't have to follow the majority vote! If we don't like the law and we vote against it, then we shouldn't have to follow that law! If we voted for it then we should follow that law! Majority makes the people who wanted that law happy but what about the others? If we were republic then this issue wouldn't be a problem! So please, if the vote comes up again, please vote for YES, WE NEED A REPUBLIC!!!

  • Australia shouldn't become a republic

    Australia shouldn't become a republic because being allies with Britian helps us a lot. Helps us in general and it helps us in defence. We don't have that big of defence force so we use them to help us fight. If we become a republic we will have a small defence force. That is why Australia shouldn't become a republic. If it wasn't for the British we wouldn't have all these great inventions.

  • Alright It's time for a change!!!

    This is getting stupid, we should be a republic. The queen has done nothing for us and yet she getting all OUR money, she has nothing to so with our ups and downs. We should have a great new and improved flag that will represent ALL of us Australian citizens.

  • Australia should be a republic

    Australia should become a republic because everyone has their own rights like a democracy but instead of majority wins the smaller groups can have their own voice. A republic will put the Australian people first and foremost, with nobody. A republic means having an Australian for our head of state not a monarch inherited from another country.

  • We need to break away! We need to have a choice! We need to become a republic!

    We need to break away from our roots! Not everyone is happy with this way of life. Not everyone wants to be ruled over a Queen who doesn't even live in the country she rules over! We need president who will live here in Australia not England and we rule here Australia not England! We need to be a republic. That's the short of it

  • A constitution that reflects our nation

    Australia is a diverse country with a rich history, but it is a history that isn't always proudly remembered. We are a country that was settled by English convicts. A settlement that saw the indigenous population already here, denied their own country. We are now a nation of multicultural diversity, we have become a melting pot of culture and ethnicity. Our constitution should reflect this. We should be able to make legal and constitutional decisions based on who we have become not on what England deemed fit and we have been able to change.

  • Theres no freedom in Australia

    The Australian Government gives no freedom to a common man. Trying to get job is so hard because theres always a license you have to pay for to get it. What if you have no money and can't afford a license?

    Australia must become a republic so any person can be employed and theres freedom and liberty for all. Living under the monarchy traps us because if you can't get a job, you live off the doll, with your parents or on the street.

  • Australia Is too Regulated

    America has become one of the most powerful countries in the world, from breaking away from the monarchy, and people have more freedom to go find a job or do whatever they want without having so much regulations and red tape caused by the Government. I think it is ridiculous that I can't find a job anywhere in Australia because of the requirement of licences and certification for big jobs and little jobs like cleaning. One can't even start a business because the Government regulates that. There is no real free trade and no real freedom, and if there was a Republic Australia would finally flourish and every man would have the opportunity to make his/her own living for themself.

  • People voting against are migrants themselves.

    White people saying "Australia isn't obliged to change its constitution to embrace its immigrants" don't realise that they are the immigrants themselves. Australia didn't naturally have Anglo-Saxon/Celtic citizens. The inhabitants were indigenous and your ancestors invaded their lands and took their properties and lives, so have a sense of humanity and compassion you school-shooting spice-sensitive wits.

  • Australia should become a republic!

    Opinion polls since 1999 have shown continuing strong support for a republic. Many continue to press for change to our constitution because it is at odds with our political and legal independence. They also rail against a system under which Australia's head of state is the hereditary monarch of a foreign nation, chosen under a 1701 English statute that ranks men over women and rules Catholics ineligible. Sexism and religious discrimination are unacceptable tests for any position in modern Australia.







    When the Australian Constitution was being drafted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were excluded from the discussions concerning the creation of a new nation to be situated on their ancestral lands and territories. The Australian Constitution also expressly discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Australian Constitution did not – and still does not – make adequate provision for Australia’s first peoples.

  • The New Republic of Australia.

    Australia should be a republic. Because i believe that people needed to voted for their new head of state and let every Australia have the right to become President of Australia and we will united our multiculturalism society and classless policy to a better economic reform because of the current economy. Australia must become republic and create a Presidential Republic where the President will be Democratically Elected by the people and still keep our compulsory voting and chose the head of state under the people power. Australia should have our own Law, Our Constitution, Our nation, Our history and Our Republic where everyone must raise and become head of state as well as that we are no longer rule of the monarch of United Kingdom and the president must become the representative to the people. And the new republic will be stronger than today Australia and the economy is more powerful than ever before under the new Federative State Republic of Australia. And the new era of Australia Prosperity.

  • The Total independent of Australia

    Australia should have being a Republic in the beginning, because Australia is stronger without the British help and British Controlled. Australia should have the Australian people as a head of state and everyone in Australia can become president of Australia. We will break away from the Commonwealth realm and become a new country and will have our own law, our constitution, our nation, our history and Our Republic, that still manage to put bill of right in action and still process as a democratic nation in the world a became economically powerful than Australia today and we shouldn't rules by a foreigner e.g. the Queen of United Kingdom. But under the Democratically-elected by the people of Australia President of the Entire country and under the new FEDERATIVE STATE REPUBLIC OF AUSTRALIA

  • In my opinion, the country is ready to become a republic.

    The idea of being govern by another is repulsive, to say the least. The Monarch hs done its duty to bringing the country to where she is now. A republic does not mean that the people change their lifestyle or our system of communicating, moving around, or even our British way of life will change. In fact, all these will remain the same as it is now. The only change would be the head of state would no longer be the Governor General or the Queen but a President.
    We are matured enough to decide where we want to go, how we get there and more. We do not have to to seek a permission for that. We will be govern by a head-of-state who is an Australian, who was born and bred here, one who knows the ropes. If we make a mistake, it is we who will change it and not wait to be told by another.
    The sense of patriotism will be strengthened. It is a sign that we have moved forward and learn to build a better society based on our values and not of another.

  • Ditch the Royals

    Its time to remove this relic of the old world and replace it with a democratically elected person who has earned their place not received it by birth-right. A true Australian is appalled by the fact that their highest leader sits on a throne on the other side of the world and that they couldn't care less about us, only our tax money. We need a Australian version of George Washington to unite us and drive the country to a bright new future. I hope some of the Monarchist eventually get educated (as most studies find Monarchists and education don't normally go together) and realise the error of the ways and start loving their country.

  • A corrupt inbred family shouldn't be ruling a free new nation

    The royal family is associated with some of the worse crimes of mankind, from brutally killing indigenous populations to enslaving most of Africa. Lets send these half German inbred swines back to that dump called England. Great nations don't have a foreigner for a leader and to acheive greatness we need to ditch the out-dated backwards way of thinking that is the Monarchy

  • A head of state as one of our own

    Seeing the negative comments to the right just shows you how much we need to become a Republic. The fact that this country has a hereditarily appointed leader which no qualifications, just a rich family is a joke. The only people that want to stay a puppet of the old empire are weak Anglo-centric racists that still want white Australia. I'm of Anglo decent and want to see a truly egalitarian country where leaders earn their roles and aren't born into them.
    Racist ,imperial ,monarchist scum , go back to England if you love it so much and leave this country to rule itself.

  • Stop delaying the inveitable

    At some point in the next couple of hundred years, it is inevitable that Australia will become a republic (as we bloody well should). So let us make the transition now to give us as much time as possible under a superior system. With courage let us all combine to advance Australia fair.

  • Yes let's !

    Because Australia is wasting our taxpaying money on the British and the royals for all of their activities. When Kate and Will came to Australia to visit, who was it that paid for their extravagant trip? Certainly not them! The funds for their trip came straight from the our pockets!

  • Republic or monarchy

    A republic would mean we'll have to change all our coins and notes and every thing with the queen on it ,take the Union Jack off our flag and change the flag altogether.We'll have to change the senate and probable not be able to do anything we like for a wile

  • Governor General (gg)

    The gg can fire our prime minister but i dont think they have a right to do that. Because the citizens voted for him/her and its the citizens choice to vote for that person in the next election. Also the crown have no power over australia so she'll be useless unless she can control it

  • 'We the People', not 'We the Government!'

    Over the years I have lived in Australia I have seen the government swell to an astronomical size and become all too controlling of the people. It has gone so far that Australia has become borderline communist. Even though we still vote for a prime minister, the citizens have very little say so over the big choices the government makes for us. Back in the 90's when the Australian government unarmed the public, I began to notice the increasing control the government has over its citizens. Protest that take place on the city streets have very little to no impact on the governments decisions. Eventually the citizens are forced to accept the changes they disapprove of.

    Over regulation and taxation from the Government in the business sector has reduced profits and sent many Australian jobs overseas.
    In order for a country to become profitable, the control needs to be given to the people. Taxes need to be lowered to increase industry, privatization will bring about competitive industries, create more jobs and improve the wealth of the nation. This coupled with the fact that Australia is a commodity backed economy, there is no reason why we too couldn't become a big player in the world's political and financial markets.

    Another point I would like to make is how ridiculous real estate has become. I understand this is partially due to heavy regulation on building permits so we don't create a housing bubble. But excessive regulation on building has bumped up real-estate so high, most young families will never be able to afford a home. For a country that is almost the size of North Americas lower 48 and a population of 27 million there really is no reason why most Australians can never achieve the dream of owning property and being financially free to pursue happiness.

    The current Australian government is Just another example of the current British system which too keeps its citizens poor. Free us from their political system and make Australia a republic, give the power to the Australian people and not the Government!

  • We are ready

    It's time for us to forge a separate identity in the Commonwealth like India and other countries within the Commonwealth have. We are both Asian & European and we should be part of each world. But it won't happen in my lifetime (I am less than 35 year old). This is the reality at the moment.

    There are more republics in the Commonwealth than not. We do have to pay when the Queen visits (who isn't an Australian citizen nor does she pay taxes in Australia). There is nothing wrong with having a citizen as your head of state (honestly I don't understand why the Queen doesn't have citizenship in each country she supposedly represents).

    The President/Governor General should be elected by us, not appointed by the Prime Minister or approved by the Queen. I also think that the Governor General/President should not be permitted to have any allowance and should be paid the same as any MP. That way the umpire or referee in our democracy (Governor-General/President) remains more impartial (as they are not dependent on political maneuverings or whims).

    More importantly, when the Queen dies, Prince Charles (who offended people (like me) with his comments about Argentina) will become King. I have a low opinion of Prince Charles based on the way he lived his life and I don't want him as my head of state. Now that is my personal opinion, others may not feel that way about him. But I would like any member of my family or friends to become the true representative head of state of Australia not the representative of a non-citizen who does not actually have any allegiance to Australia.

    Now before I get inundated with comments about xenophobia, I supported Vietnamese born German Vice Chancellor Phillip Roesler when he got the job. Equally Tony Abbott (who was born in London) until recently was someone I accepted as Prime Minister. The recent spate of abdications in Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain where the job is passed on or inherited has only fueled my feelings further. This isn't like a CEO passing the job on to his child after building a company. This is like Sol Trujillo giving the job of Telstra boss to a relative (which he can't or shouldn't).

    But I expected Australia to remain a state of UK (which on a technical basis it remains for the Statute of Westminster Adoption Act 1942 doesn't prevent the monarch from rejecting a Governor General if the monarch sees fit to do so) until long after I have died in 55 years time. Thanks again for reading and may God or whatever your beliefs are, bless you all.

  • We are ready

    It's time for us to forge a separate identity in the Commonwealth like India and other countries within the Commonwealth have. We are both Asian & European and we should be part of each world. But it won't happen in my lifetime (I am less than 35 year old). This is the reality at the moment.

    There are more republics in the Commonwealth than not. We do have to pay when the Queen visits (who isn't an Australian citizen nor does she pay taxes in Australia). There is nothing wrong with having a citizen as your head of state (honestly I don't understand why the Queen doesn't have citizenship in each country she supposedly represents).

    The President/Governor General should be elected by us, not appointed by the Prime Minister or approved by the Queen. I also think that the Governor General/President should not be permitted to have any allowance and should be paid the same as any MP. That way the umpire or referee in our democracy (Governor-General/President) remains more impartial (as they are not dependent on political maneuverings or whims).

    More importantly, when the Queen dies, Prince Charles (who offended people (like me) with his comments about Argentina) will become King. I have a low opinion of Prince Charles based on the way he lived his life and I don't want him as my head of state. Now that is my personal opinion, others may not feel that way about him. But I would like any member of my family or friends to become the true representative head of state of Australia not the representative of a non-citizen who does not actually have any allegiance to Australia.

    Now before I get inundated with comments about xenophobia, I supported Vietnamese born German Vice Chancellor Phillip Roesler when he got the job. Equally Tony Abbott (who was born in London) until recently was someone I accepted as Prime Minister. The recent spate of abdications in Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain where the job is passed on or inherited has only fueled my feelings further. This isn't like a CEO passing the job on to his child after building a company. This is like Sol Trujillo giving the job of Telstra boss to a relative (which he can't or shouldn't).

    But I expected Australia to remain a state of UK (which on a technical basis it remains for the Statute of Westminster Adoption Act 1942 doesn't prevent the monarch from rejecting a Governor General if the monarch sees fit to do so) until long after I have died in 55 years time. Thanks again for reading and may God or whatever your beliefs are, bless you all.

  • Let's have our own identity

    Australia should be our own country, and we should have our own identity. Australia is a first world country, it has great living standards and a great economy, so why should we be ruled and symbolized by the British monarchy. Australia ties closer with the Untied States, so why are we tied with England!

  • British Monarchism has no place in 21st Century Australia.

    At the very fundamental level, a human being should not be glorified above another. The British Empire displaced a generation of working class 'criminals' (ironically we have a society with a lower crime rate than the UK) out of there homes and into slave working conditions. Long since then we have progressed to build a society that is sincerely different to the country from whence we came. In Fact, a significant part of the population did not even descend from Britons. We are expected to increase in population size significantly within the next 50-100 years. "May the rose of England never blow, May the Scotch thistle never grow, May the harp of Ireland never play, Till I poor convict greets my liberty, TCA 20 1830."

  • Surely it should

    Why does Australia need a queen or a king, it's only a government "based on inheritance". No one can govern the country unless this person is from the Royal family. I am not from Australia but I know it would be better that way and it would be better for all Commonwealth nations as well.

  • Let's grow up Australia

    1. In Australia, everyone deserves a fair go, and that includes the opportunity to perhaps one day lead our country. The idea of having someone born overseas, living overseas and whose allegiance is to their home country, ruling over OUR country is absurd. Yet - that's exactly what the Australian Constitution outlines - the Queen of England and her heirs are the head of Australia.

    2. This also flies against our value of democracy - people should earn their positions - not be born into them, especially when their position has the power to affect millions. The royals get their position simply for being born at the right time in that particular family. In effect they are much like the Kardashians or Paris Hilton - famous for being famous.

    3. Changing to a Republic is a minimal political change. The GG can remain the same, and future GGs can be selected the same way they are now. If both major parties agree, then by definition the GG will be apolitical. Just remove the foreign Queen from the equation who practically does nothing anyway. Ie. It's just making the constitution reflect the reality of today.

    4. Moving to a Republic is also a minimal change in other respects - it doesn't mean royal watchers can't view the latest royal baby or fashions, neither does it mean we have to leave the Commonwealth.

    5. It's an embarrassment for many Australians that we still aren't a fully independent country. When a foreigner has the constitutional power to deny any/all legislation that passes through the Australian Parliament, then we are anything but free.

  • Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi

    We rule, get that hag out of here! We rule so why are we controlled? Why do we need the British to do everything for us? Why can't we have our own flag, president, national anthyme and much more such as being able to spend our money on our country instead of funding others?

  • Republic Now Australia

    We really don't know how much money is channelled through to the English Monarchy, They have a privilege in that they do not have to disclose certain information. How any Australian can support this dirty privilege is beyond me. The pro monarchists like to write short essays on history and prefer to use the institutional "We". Their arguments do not address many of these so called "privileges" and are generally a waste of reading time.VAP

  • The Royal Family is irrelevant.

    The Royal Family is what remains of a corrupt system that ruled with terror during one of the most violent time periods in human history. Although the current royals may be decent human beings, the fact remains that they are in their current positions of power entirely due to the bloodshed spilt by their ancestors. It is downright insulting for our nation to swear allegiance to an irrelevant relic of our past.

    If Australia were to become independent from any royal influence, perhaps our friends in the UK will also realize how pointless the royals really are.

  • Australia for itself

    We could benefit greatly from this sort of thing opening up a lot diplomatic relations to the east and we would not have to get involved in the affairs of the UK ether. The down side is though that we would have to wait for the right time to become a republic because the change could send us in a downward spiral or an upward spiral.

  • Our "Queen" isn't in Australia

    If we were to become a Republic, our leader would be in Australia. I'm fine with being a Monarchy, but the queen should at least live in the country she "guides." She can't live in several countries at once, so the British Empire should let those countries decide on their own what ruling they want. If they want a monarchy, have one. If they want communism, have it. If they want republicanism, have it. But have the leader in the country

    -Arctic Frost

  • Australia should become a republic

    The world was de-colonised a long time ago, the monarchy is now just a tourist attraction. The monarchy makes no difference in Australia whatsoever. If Australia becomes republic it will still be in the Commonwealth of nations, to show Britain and Australia are like of mind.

    The queen and the governor-general act on the advice of the prime minister. Australia passed laws after federation which stopped Britain from making laws that affect Australia. Australia has its own government and makes its own laws. The monarchy is pointless and has no standing whatsoever. We live in a democracy and the Australian people and the government will not allow one person to abuse power at everyone else's expense.

    Australia will still compete in the Cwth Games because it will be in the Cwth of Nations. Australia will most likely have a public holiday to celebrate independence.

    Australia does not have to change its flag or national anthem if it becomes a republic. There is no law that says this.

    "If it aint broke don't fix it." That is the DUMBEST analogy ever. Think about Australia in the past. The White Australia policy, the stolen generation, plenty of other things. What would Australia be today if we didn't progress and make changes? Britain is a different country to Australia, on the other side of the world. Australia should become a republic and continue to grow its own identity.

  • Are we really free?

    We cannot be a free country under the rule of one unelected person.
    We have to fight the queens wars, we have to do what the queen says and we have to have her image everywhere. So ask yourself are we really a free country are you really a free person.

  • We can govern ourselves

    There are many good reasons why Australia should become a republic, but the core ones are obvious and important.

    Firstly, an Australian Republic is about having an Australian head of state. Whilst it is true that Australia is a functionally independent nation, and the Governor General acts as a de facto head of state, under our Constitution the British monarch is the font of all legal power in Australia and our formal head of state. Until we break our last Constitutional links to the mother country, our nationhood is incomplete. Now, after 110 years of Federation, Australia must finally join the world of nations as a full equal, unshackled to any other nation.

    Perhaps even more importantly, the British monarchy is inequitable and undemocratic. It goes against commonly accepted Australian values about which we are justifiably proud – such as fairness, equality and egalitarianism – for Australian citizens to be the subjects of a foreign unelected figurehead monarch. Much more so when we consider that this head of state is selected not through merit, but through the principles of hereditary male primogeniture, and with Catholics being specifically ineligible. This is discriminatory and unfair, and wouldn’t be allowed under the anti-discrimination provisions of Australian law, yet is still the method of selection for the Australian head of state.

    What sort of example are we setting for our children when we say that our society is set up to reward hard work and talent, and with diligence and tenacity you can get anywhere in life—anywhere, that is, except for the very top job, which is reserved for the first born male – or, if no males are available, female – non-Catholic individual born into a particular highly privileged English family.

    That we still maintain links to this inequitable and unfair system – and have not asserted our full independence – is an affront to our national dignity. It is something that, irrespective of any fondness we may feel for a particular monarch, we should resolve to correct at the earliest possible time. The current system does not complement a free and fair Australia.

    Let’s have a plebiscite on the question Australians have the knowledge now to answer with confidence: “do you want an Australian Republic with an Australian head of state”. If this is resolved in the affirmative, let’s work to create the best republican Constitution in the world and put it to a referendum against the current system. If successful, we will then be able to move forward into the new millennium as a fully free, united and confident nation.

  • Maybe New Zealand too?

    I would love to see Australia have their very own president and not be under the queens control. I also would love to see New Zealand do the same thing, or to join Australia as a new state ( which probably won't happen ). It is just my general opinion, but if Australia is able to govern itself more freely it might be able to fix the problems that it faces now.

  • To be a member of the Commonwealth we don't need to be tied to England

    There are plenty of countries in the Commonwealth who have broken their ties with Britain, By becoming a republic, it doesn't mean we can't still support and be supported by the Commonwealth countries. We should be free to develop our own identity and not be influenced by those who settled here 200 years ago.

  • We need a republic and have more independence Australia!

    I believe that Australia should spilt ties with the Queen. The Queen was just born into role not vote so I guess that anyone can be Queen. Also USA spilt ties with the Queen and look how successful they are now. Australia needs more independence and become bigger and more powerful. If we don't kick the Queen out sooner rather than later it could be hundreds of year with the Queen in power. What dose the Queen even do in Australia? Dose she help us in any way? Is it true that she is higher than the prime minster of Australia ? Why are we even asking these questions when we voted in 1999 and we decided to keep the monarchy.

  • A australian nation

    I am sick and tierd of hearing support of a country that has committed murders of native people of this land and the treatment of other people around the world. Australia should have their own flag, their own ammendments and rights. Why should we have that "old" union jack, its a disgrace to have it on our flag. We should show pride for our republic and our nations flag.

  • We are a Democracy not a Monarchy.

    Why should we be ruled by a old granny when we are a democracy and have our own Prime minister. We are very capable of ruling ourselves. Great Britain doesn't give a flippin' penny about our well-being. Let us be freed from the burden of having a Queen that does nothing for us, and let us control the future of our country, and not have it in the lacquered hands of a tea sippin' pom who's greatest worry about Australia is the Ashes' scores.

  • Who wants a Pommy to rule us all?

    I strongly believe that it is time for Australia to step up and move on from the constitutional monarchy and become a Republic. Our colonial Constitution displays our British heritage and ignores the other parts of Australian culture — our important Indigenous and ethnic heritage. It is shocking how the only things the attendees at the 1898 constitutional convention all agreed on was the white policy. A republic will help join all of the people of Australia into a single group — Australians.

  • We want Australia , not England ideas

    Why should we accept the queens extravagant servants of totalling 800..And shes going broke. So much waste of money, tell her to run her own water into the bath, how many cars does she really need? What a joke, why do we need a governer general, we don't. Just more waste of our money..

  • A monarchy is at odds with the Australian egalitarian ethos

    A Head of State that "visits" once a decade or so can't have Australia's interests at the top of her agenda. We need a resident for President. Australians all lets declare a republic and celebrate on the 2nd Monday in June so that those whose only objection to ditching the monarchy can still get their long weekend. Those worried about the Commonwealth Games are misinformed as last time I looked a lot of the countries competing are already republics (India, South Africa etc). A republic is a progression from Federation to the Statute of Westminster to the creation of a distinct separate Australian citizenship, the Australia Act to Australia engaging the world as a fully fledged mature nation standing on its own two feet rather than a middle aged colony still living at home with its' mother, with the Union Jack in the corner of the flag and with the unelected British monarch retaining the power to dismiss the government elected by the Australian people. This does not match the egalitarian ethos of the Australia. What do I say to my daughter when an American friends son says that he wants to be President when he grows up. Do I tell her that in Australia she will never have the chance to be the Head of State because no matter how hard she works, the Head of State will always be decided by the fastest swimmer in the loins of a family who attained the role through centuries of inherited privilege.

  • England And Australia are different

    Australia dosent need England or any part of UK and should change their flag to green and gold.Thr Queen even wants us to be a republic nation because she (the queen) Ryan only rule so much countries.Every nation should be republic except UK.So there you have Australia can be independent and a good nation without UK or any stupid british

  • No more england

    We need to break off from the commonwealth. England does nothing for australia and when it does it is in the best interest for england, not for Australia. We should have Aussies as head os the state not someone from england. We should have our own entity.
    If we do so then we obtain better friendships with other countries like USA, China, Japan etc

  • Yes, we should.

    People say Australia has become an independent country, we no longer need to depend on The United Kingdom, we should have an Australian as head of state which is not BORN into royalty. We should be able to choose who we want to run our country.
    Converting for a monarchy to a republic could be constructive and important for the development of Australia’s national identity.

  • The Federal Republic of Australia. We have to have in the 21st Century !

    A Queen of Australia (or any other so called Monarch) ? Who doesn't live here and doesn't contribute anything to this Nation. Australians visiting the UK/GB are treated as 'foreign aliens' . 'Governors' were needed to control the "POM" and the corrupt administrators of their colon(ies)
    of the day. The 'monarchs' legacy includes sending' millions of soldiers, women and children to their death in WWI & WWII and even now, we are fighting 'Clayton's' enemies in countries where
    Australians shouldn't be. The current conflicting constitution(s) of States, Territories and Federation are in desperate need of overhaul.. The Republic of Australia should consist of a Federal Government to control Local Governments with uniform, national laws, rules and regulations as against the currently fragmented and contradicting, local- 'state'- and Federal laws and by-laws.
    Australia should have a new flag, (e,g, Canada) without the colonial 'union jack', an a-political
    President, a Prime Minister/Chancellor with a 4 or 5 year tenure. Members of Parliament
    Must have been voted in via the "FIRST Passed the Post" principal with a minimum of 5% of the
    Total votes counted. (That might stop the current two party monopoly). Let's enter the 21st
    Century and leave the flat-earthed monarchists, the catholic Prime Minister ,( who swears allegiance to a Protestant Queen ) behind !






    Change to fit this democracy.

  • Why do we have to listen to the Queen?

    We are our own country, we are not England we are Australia. The Queen didn't dicover this land, it righfully isn't hers. We chose to be our own country at the start of the 20th century but we were still tied to the British, this needs to end, we are our own country and our own people.

  • Clearly people who argue an Australian Republic would be illegal haven't done their homework!

    What strikes me is that anti republican sentiment seems to stem to the idea that Australia could not become a Republic because of the law and refer to certain specific acts. Yet in a democracy it should be the will of the people in deciding how they want to be governed as the law can be changed, like in Ireland, India, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria to name a few countries, which have all successfully changed to being republics within the Commonwealth so it isn't illegal for Australia to do the same if the people choose to. Yes there is always counter argument that the majority of these countries went through decades of military rule or civil wars, however, this because unlike Australia they didn't have the experience of governing their own system like prior to the formation of the Commonwealth in 1901 and afterwards. So Australia as a mature and experienced democracy would not instantly collapse or fall into turmoil if the people chose an elected Head of State if anything it would bring greater accountability in comparison to the 1970's when the Australian Governor General dismissed a democratically elected government choose by the people, how is that accountability? Another problem people feel is if they change their head of state then they loose a sense of the culture, which i don't understand as our cultures always change in our attitudes towards each other and society values these do not stay the same. If anything i think the Australian people will have just as much affection and special connection to the monarchy regardless of whether their is an elected President or not as Australia will still be a valued member of the Commonwealth but as an equal and sovereign member.

  • Australia is its own country with its own society, culture and government

    The Commonwealth of Australia is its own country, we have everything we need for self sufficiency and if we left the British Commonwealth we would barely feel the change. During WWII the British wouldn't allow us to bring our troops home to defend ourselves so we turned to the USA and ever since we have become closer. Hey we could be the Greatest Country on Earth, free for everyone with laws that only restrict the safety of everyone else.

  • It is time.

    200 years ago boats from Europe (not just England) founded the coasts of Australia..
    In the time between then and now Australia has developed into a strong nation economically, politically and culturally. In the last one hundred years the child has become and teenager under the watchful eye of her majesty and we are now becoming adults on the international stage. Yes we have a lot to thank England for, for colonising and initially giving the nation its building blocks to become what it is, but those days are gone. We have now become a nation of many cultures under one roof and a republic as one identity is our next step. I would like to think that her majesty would be proud to come to her final days as queen and as a person and say one of her highlights in life was watching Australia under her reign become the country that it is. We never forget our heritage or where we come from but we know where we are going. That is the future of Australia.

  • We would be independent

    If we were independent we would have more freedom when it comes to making decisions for the country. We wouldn't need a governor general or a state general if we were a republic. We would be able to pass laws the exact same way but with a better chance than before.

  • We are who we are

    Australia should show who we are. Even if the British are part of our heritage. During the Olympics, many people made the comment that our flag was very similar to those of other countries. Australia is our own beautiful nation, a multicultural nation. We made ourselves who we are, sure the British helped shape us but we created who we as Australians.

  • Australia is ready for its citizens to lead

    Australia should become a republic, I don't think it is fair for someone to be born into power do you?
    The most democratic process would for Australians to vote for an Australian head of state, remember, World War II, Britain and its crown wanted the Australia military to leave our country undefended during the time of the battle of the Coral Sea, really why should we remain with a nation that was ready to sacrifice Australia to the axis in attempt to maintain its power in the world. I would take that as a sign, we don't care for you and you are just rubbish to us. It is time Australia stood up to the plate and showed the world it can lead itself without the help of England and their so called Royal family.

  • Hell yea mr president

    Yes Australia should become a republic. We would own KFC and we could get a better government. The rules don't have to run by heaps of people just the president. EVERYONE AGREE WITH ME. VOTE YES NOT NO PLEASE, IT WILL MAKE AUSTRALIA A BETTER PLACE FOR AUSTRALIANS CITIZEN'S. VOTE YES NOW

  • It would be a good idea

    My name is cj martin and my opinion is that we are like England's baby and we need to like grow up or else we won't be able to survive by ourselves. We need to have a head of state on the actual land instead of having someone in another country

  • Why the hell not

    Well we have been part of the monarchy for to long and we should change we honestly should of changed 20 years ago but people didn't realise the logic behind it. The old ways are gone up with the new ones and down with the queen Vote Australia to be republic

  • Better for our trade

    Just did a debate on this - By becoming a republic, We would have more opportunity to trade with closer continents like Asia instead of sacrificing quality, Time, Resources and money by shipping our produce to the UK which is in the continent that is furthest away from us. Some countries in Asia can offer us better trade deals than the UK can but since they don't support the Union Jack, Don't offer us deals

  • Australia should be a republic

    Australia should become a republic because our country should be free of the british empire and Australia should make there flag something to do with the aboriginals because it is rightfully there land and we should have a republic and should not be controlled by the british and there weak sport they call soccer.

  • We need more independent

    Basically in the position we are in now the "Monarch" (Queen) can tell us what to do and not to do. If she goes to war we will get dragged in to. Plus we claim to be a democracy but the Queen who was born into power still controls us.

  • We are ready

    Every parent expects their child to move toward independence, We love and respect our parent country but its time we move on and establish our own identity. This great nation has fought long and hard for western values, Liberty, Freedom and democracy. From the ANZAC's all the way to our present day veterans have fought for these values and need to be respected as uniquely Australian. Secondly if we are going to be an influence in our region we need to be seen by our neighbors as having independent strength and diplomatic agility. Thirdly to the Monarch's, We republicans don't despise the Monarchy rather as already mentioned respect their Westminster system that has served us so well for so long, But we have out grown this tiny single bed and need to stretch out our limbs to find our own way.

  • f**k the Queen

    All reptilians need to die! I don't understand how she has so much love and support from Australians. . . Their ancestors were convicts that were literally kicked out of England and brought here to serve time. Why support a thieving family that has killed so many people, Taken resources from their land and still to this day sap our money and ENERGY! Before you stick up for that putrid whore. . . Check for yourself why I'm so angry and disgusted. My great grandfather met them. . . I feel violated! YOU ALL WILL SEE SOON!

  • Become a republic

    Australians will receive self determination and an Australian head of state.
    Effectively Australia became a republic when the Privy Council was rejected.
    Australian society is now so diverse and rich, something which a British Monarch can't reflect.
    However, the main obstacle is for Australians to agree on a new constitution and structure to select a new head of state. This will take some work just like achieving Federation did. Complacency will not reward with self determination in the form of a republic.

  • After Queen be republic

    I think Australia should become a republic after Queen Elizabeth II's reign ends. So Elizabeth should be our last monarch and most people should support the republic after the Queen. So I think it's likely that Australia will definitely become a republic after the Queen. So It will be good for our identity.

  • Former colony resident

    As a citizen of a country that was part of the British Empire, reading about how my country achieved independence and ratified its sovereign, secular, democratic constitution brings immense joy to me. I think Australia has achieved all of the above and has no need for a monarchy, even if it's symbolic.

  • Australia should become a republic

    The monarchy does not play any part whatsoever on shaping, changing or benefiting Australia, which means it is pointless to be a part of the monarchy. It's time to break the chains and become a free, independent nation. Besides, I know that Australia is ready to progress further into the future and make Australia an even better nation from EVERYONE'S perspective.

  • Get the Queen's head off our coins

    I think Australia should be a republic for the simple reasons such as getting Queen Elizabeth’s head off our coins, and re-designing our flags to our real Aussie colours – green and gold, instead of our current flag, which has the colours of Europe, red, blue and white. And there is also the problem with money, where we pay tax money to the British Monarchs whenever they visit Australia. If we become a republic, we no longer have to be bossed around by Europe. We could be independent and also have a better relationship with USA and Asia, which is always a good thing.

  • It's time to break away from Britain.

    We are our own country, with our own identity and culture and I believe it's time to become independent. However the issues we have are whether areas of our finance that we handed over to the Commonwealth over the year would be handed back to us or remain under the Commonwealth's responsibility. Could we support ourselves financially without the help of the Commonwealth? Aside from that, I think we should hold another referendum after discussing the topic with the public. The last referendum held on the 6th of November 1999 failed, but only by a small margin. The republic debate arose after the 1975 crisis when Governor General John Kerr dismissed Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. This goes against convention even though the Governor General has Constitutional reserve powers under section 57 to dismiss the Prime Minister, this was the first occurrence and the question of whether a Governor General should possess such powers arose. Hence the republic debate. Personally I would like to see a change, but it is such a huge change that another referendum on the topic might fail again.

  • Yes Australia should become a republic.

    When have we ever really needed the queen. I mean think about. All she does is choose to agree or disagree with laws. Whilst she gets the simple agree or disagree, people are straving to death because of her actions. Is the right? Now you tell me should Australia become a republic

  • Enhance Australis's World Standing

    Being in any way subservient to a country with a history of imperialism, slavery and war second to none in history makes Ausralia look a second-rate
    country. We should belatedly follow America's example and have at last our
    own flag, not one which is a reminder that England exterminated the Tasmanian Aborigines and turned a blind eye to IBM subsidiary Demohag collecting the names of Jews in Germany in preparation for the Holocaust, and to Du Pont supplying the Zyklon B gas used to kill millions of Jews.

  • Yes I support Australia becoming a republic as soon as possible.

    Hello, I am from Canada & I think Australia should just be a republic & get it's final independence. The Australia Act 1986 DOESN'T give Australians full independence. Only when Australia becomes a Republic with an Australian as head of state will then Australia become fully independent, physically & emotionally. Australia is closer to Asia than the U.K., the Asian market is booming. Also, Australia can help Canada to become a Republic, many Canadians want Canada to be a republic, myself very much included. Australia will be happier & stronger as a republic because it will be it's own identified nation & not one tied at the hip with Great Britain & the Royal Family. Thank you :-) As I also stated, some of Australia's closest neighbors are New Zealand & Asia, so for to Australia to break away from the royal crown, they will have their own identity in the business market as well .

  • Who we are.

    Our Identity is completely different to Britain's. We share the language and humour of Britain (and we have their flag ruining the view on our flag) but we do not share any other traits.

    We are a nation of hard working, wandering, travelling, loyal, tough Islanders, white, black, yellow, brown. It doesn't matter because at our core we feel Australian.

    I understand the history we have with the UK, but the empire itself has done nothing for us. It might have formed the majority of the peoples ancestors here, but it in itself is unimportant to us as a modern society. British people, like all people that can contribute positively to our country and way of life are welcome to come here if they're willing to work hard and be a part of our society (don't be a bludger and make sure you come in legally!) , but we're confusing and deluding that part of world that we're just a sunny Britain. Which put simply, we are not.

    Also. The Monarchy does not represent our values as a society. In Australia where you are born/what class you're part of does not determine if you're important, it's what you do as a person. You can be uncouth and a complete bloody fool but at the end of the day if you're tough enough to pull through and help out and fair enough to give it a go you're Australian.

    The romanticism of the Commonwealth needs to stop. We as a country are our own place now, it's time we showed the rest of the world who we truly are and stopped making it think we're living in the past. When we're not.

  • Time for change

    We profess to live in a democratic society yet our head of state is determined by birth right, nationality and religion. Democracy. What democracy? Time to move into the 21st century please.
    Australian Head elected by the people for the people. My children should have every right to reach the pinnacle of governance based upon desire and hard work.

  • Yes Republicanism soon

    I think Australia should hold a referendum in 2013 asking whether we should become a republic when there is a change of monarch. And it will be very good for the country and everyone as we will have an Australia head of state. So it's Great Labor'z here. And Labor is republican.

  • Australia Should Be a Republic

    Australia should be a Republic because we as an individual nation have our own sense of identity and as such should be ruled by someone who lives in Australia and abides by the laws that govern Australia. We shouldn't have to be under the command of someone who lives on the other side of the world, and who visits maybe once or twice a year

  • Because Australia is becoming very powerful and no longer a developing Country.

    Australia is rapidly growing more powerful and we should become independent. Australia doesn't need or want a queen anymore, as we are becoming a big tourist attraction with the Largest Steel Arch Bridge and a uniquely designed Opera House in Sydney. Our Country is a great nation and we deserve to be independent.

  • Yes. Australia deserves it.

    So many countries are commonwealth countries. Australia is one of them. We deserve to be a republic county. Australia is now powerful. We need to become independent. Becoming a republic doesn't mean that we're going to cut connections with England. We still can be friends and have peace but be a republic and independent county.

  • Time to stand up on our own and spread our wings.

    What a better time to do it but when the Queen of Australia is no longer Queen? Rather than spending our money on having to reprint currency with the next ruler, it would be better to reprint our currency as the Australian Republic. We don't hear much about the issue because really, the Queen of Australia is just that in name only. The Royal family only visits us for ceremonial purposes and we end up having to pay money to have her and her family come here. This is an area where Australia could save money and put it back to good use for Australians. A Republican model would need to be agreed upon as well as a way to dissolve parliament if it was ever necessary. Laws would not have to change greatly as already our legal system stops with the High Court of Australia whereas in the past, legal issues could be referred back to England. Our Constitution is need of a big overhaul, so why not start working towards it now? There really is no benefit for us to remain part of the Commonwealth, we've grown up. Its now time to spread our wings.

  • Australia should become a republic as soon as possible

    First of all, I am from Canada & I would like to see Canada to be a Republic & I wish for that for Australia too. Australia deserves its full independence & its chance to get its full potential very soon. Australia CAN become a Republic AND still be a member of the Commonwealth Nations. South Africa, as you know, is a Republic & is still a country in the Commonwealth Realm/Nations because it wants to be, as well. Ireland is a Republic BUT not a member of the Commonwealth. I know Australia has high love & affection for the Queen & the Royal Family. Canada does too. I THINK Australia really should become a republic as soon as possible, again, to get its full independence & to reach its full potential with having an Australian as Australia's head of state.

  • Australia should become a republic as soon as possible.

    First of all, I am from Canada & I would like to see Canada to be a Republic & I wish for that for Australia too. Australia deserves its full independence & its chance to get its full potential very soon. Australia CAN become a Republic AND still be a member of the Commonwealth Nations. South Africa, as you know, is a Republic & is still a country in the Commonwealth Realm/Nations because it wants to be, as well. Ireland is a Republic BUT not a member of the Commonwealth. I know Australia has high love & affection for the Queen & the Royal Family. Canada does too. I THINK Australia really should become a republic as soon as possible, again, to get its full independence & to reach its full potential with having an Australian as Australia's head of state.

  • Yes. As times change, governments and societies should change with them.

    Australia started out as a part of Britain, but has since changed over time. It seems to me that people have the ability to make their own choices. If Australians wish to become a republic, then they have every right to do so. There will be growing pains, of course, but since when is the threat of problems a reason to not do something great?

  • Monarchy is primitive

    Monarchy is primitive or medical culture. Australia is young and progressive country. It must change to modern system and become republic. This will slowly set it up to US model. The Monarchy system should be in the museums and library. It has no place in modern society. The royal family wastes too much money and delivers nothing. This money can be better used and royals can get down to do some useful work. It will also be democracy principle where all are equal.

  • NO!

    Australia, and in my opinion, all other countries, should stay democratic. The people in Australia are fine with the way the governmental system is at this point. The country is known for its beautiful landscapes and great living amount residents. If all is well, and most of the people are happy, then there is no need for Australia to become a republic.

  • Treason and sedition:

    Somebody asserted that Australia couldn't legally become a Republic and I have to agree.

    Nevertheless, the Australian Republican Movement is like an infectious disease; and the ill-informed followers through 'blind ignorance': -
    (1) changed the National Anthem;
    (2) made attempts to change the National Anthem once again;
    (3) wanted to change the Australian Flag; and
    (4) want to change the Queen's birthday holiday;
    (5) etc.;
    and now they: -
    (6) want to remove the image of the Queen from the back of Australian coins;
    and they all should be made aware that whilst Australia is a part of the Commonwealth their actions represent treason and sedition.

    Incidentally and for the same reason, even the push to make Australia a Republic also involves treason and sedition; and this is compounded by the fact that Australia cannot legally become a Republic anyway.

  • Don't fix it if it isn't broke

    -There is nothing wrong with the current system, our country is safe and free of war
    -Changing to a republic would be betraying our history and British culture and just because we are apparently a "multicultural nation" doesn't mean we let go of our ties to England. Our British heritage is important to our identity and changing this will impact how we see ourselves as a nation
    -Changing our flag, anthem, money and legal system would cost a lot of money that could be used for much more important things
    -What would being "Australian" mean?
    -So many things could go wrong if we were to change to a republic
    -The only people that want australia to become a republic are those who do not identify with the british, people who have migrated here or boat people
    -I think it is absolutely disgusting that people who have migrated here for safety and political stability are the ones who want to change our civil and fair system
    -Absolute chaos if we changed now, Muslims taking over, war, many citizens (such as myself and my family) would probably move to London if Australia was to become a republic
    -I don't know why anyone would want Australia to ever become a republic, to me it is the stupidest most devastating thing that could happen to this country!

  • Presidents are expensive

    Australians only pay for the queen when she is in Australia. Great Britain pays for her trips abroad; even her travel to Australia when she visits, whereas Australians would be paying for a president all of the time. A constitutional monarchy works very well, look at Sweden or Holland for an example. Some would say that someone who is 'elected' would have more support of the people, but look at recent events in Germany where the president was recently sacked for corruption. Would Australians want another corrupt politician yielding even more pointless power?

  • Republics are boring!

    Most of Australia loves the queen. About 12 months ago the queen visited Australia as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. During the time she was in Australia over 65 percent of Australians watched part of her tour on TV.

    If Australia were to become a republic they would not be able to participate in the commonwealth games. In 2010 Australia topped the medal tally, which means that the athletes become more confident and we win more sporting events. Also when Australia holds the commonwealth games that attracts more tourists to Australia. More tourists means more money for Australia which means we can start growing as a country.

    Another plus for Australia keeping the queen as our head of state is the queens birthday long weekend. The last long weekend was perfectly timed as it was just after exam week. Even if it was just after a normal week I know I would defiantly take the opportunity to have a bit of a longer rest and you would all probably agree.

    Most of Australia love the queen. About 12 months ago the queen visited Australia as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. During the time she was in Australia over 65 percent of Australians watched part of her tour on TV.

    Lastly what difference would us becoming a republic make. Apart from NOT being able to compete in the commonwealth games, NOT getting a long weekend, and NOT being able to get excited about her visiting us. So ask yourself why do we need to become a republic.

  • An australian republic is illegal

    I am a self-confessed Monarchist. However, regardless of my personal views Australia can't legally become a Republic anyway and it makes me wonder whether any of those supporting the push to make Australia a Republic have taken the time to review and try to understand the provisions of the current Constitution anyway. Because the current Constitution not only makes it clear that such a move would be illegal, but that as such the Monarch would have a mandatory obligation to annul such a move under the provisions of Section 59 of the Constitution; and I had my related petition tabled in the Australian Senate in 2012, viz:
    http://www.Petitionbuzz.Com/petitions/australianrepublic

  • No its working

    The people are not calling for it so why make them. Australia is a developed free country with substantial protections to the rights of its people. Unless the people rise up in what can be a nonviolent revolution there is no need to change the form of government they live under.

  • If It's Not Broke, Don't Fix It

    I do not believe that Australia should become a republic. The country is doing just fine at the moment so I do not see a reason why a change is needed. They should stay the course they. Changes could lead to harsh consequences that could be difficult to recover from.

  • We do not need to be a republic

    Australia is perfect as it is. Switching to a republic would man we have to change our coins, Notes, Flag and anthem. This will take a load of time and effort. To change the coins and notes, We will need factories and they produce which worsen global warming. Being a republic will effect a lot of things

  • We don't need become a republic.

    Either way people are going to be upset and what is the point of becoming a republic we are happy the way we are and don't need to change, so I think we should not be a republic. NO REPUBLIC and go watch the dinosaur train now it is the best show.

  • Australia should not be republic.

    Not only does the Queen and family represent Australian values to a T, becoming a republic would waste a ridiculous amount of money. Surely there is a better way to spend Australian money than on plebiscites, re-election, changing the flag, and changing all the public service (police, paramedics and fire services) badges just to name a few. Becoming a republic country will not fix unemployment, homelessness or health care issues. Why waste money on something that is already supporting Australian values.

  • This is a load of bollocks

    Many people are saying that yes, Australia should be a republic and that it's common sense and all of this nonsense. But in reality, being apart of the Commonwealth helps our own Citizens to feel safe and secure. Just imagine if we were to become a republic! We would be placing each and every single Australian at risk of death or injury, what if we were to go to war no longer allies with our supporting countries due to this idiotic decision. You can not justify the lives of OUR OWN CITIZENS just because we wanted to become a republic, it is just not acceptable

  • It´s fine as it is.

    Australia already is a sovereign nation. The Queen is not British as she doesn´t have a nationality, she it´s wrong to say " British Queen". Breaking away from an institution that has given many countries in the world stability. At least you know the person who wears the crown as this person is specifically trained for that purpose. Having a Republic enables people like Donald Trump to become president. The Crown blocks such people from such capabilities.

  • It should stay constitutional monarchy.

    Australia is running fine just the way it is as a constitutional monarchy. Even though Australia's head of government is the Queen, the United Kingdom's government never involves itself in Australia's government. If Australia became a republic it would become so corrupt. The Queen has done a great job so far ruling over our country and for the most of it completely allows us to run our own country. Most of Australians love the Queen anyway and there is no reason to ditch the monarchy. Looking at the way our past government has been, we can barely keep a Prime Minister in for longer than 2 years, corruption is inevitable if we become a republic.

  • No It should be a constitutional monarchy

    Australia will come corrupt if we become a republic. We should stay with the Queen, we are happy as a constitutional monarch, we would have to do so much to change to republic. We are already independent getting rid of the queen would only make it more complicated. ALWAYS CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCH

  • I think not

    Why fix what shouldn't be broken. Nevertheless, the Australian Republican Movement is like an infectious disease; and the ill-informed followers through 'blind ignorance': -
    (1) changed the National Anthem;
    (2) made attempts to change the National Anthem once again;
    (3) wanted to change the Australian Flag; and
    (4) want to change the Queen's birthday holiday;
    (5) etc.;
    and now they: -
    (6) want to remove the image of the Queen from the back of Australian coins;
    and they all should be made aware that whilst Australia is a part of the Commonwealth their actions represent treason and sedition.

  • An unnecessary use of time and money...

    To change a system, which has been in place for over a hundred years, requires a monumental amount of time, effort and money. A fundamental hiccup in the movement for an Australian republic, is that we legally can't become a Republic which is made clear current Constitution. A breach of the constitution of this proportion would create a world of issues for Australia and the Monarch. Even so, It would still take a strenuous measure of years to put this plan into action, involving a number of plebiscites and referendums to take place. Furthermore, there are many expenses involved in changing to are a republic, which are redundant to say the least. Using tax payer's dollars to reconstruct our national flag, anthem, money and legal system, really shouldn't be up there in our nation's list of priorities.
    This movement is an unreasonable use of money, and overall waste of time especially if the outcome is hardly a benefit for Australian citizens.

  • Keep with tradition!

    All this hate for the monarchy is misplaced. Why replace her when our current system works fine? People say she is unelected and we should choose the monarch, and that she has no real power. Well, the president wouldn't either then, so why change?

    We have more pressing issues than this at the moment anyway; the younger generations of Australia actually hold the least support for a republic. They will grow up and vote no in a referendum, so if you want a republic, have a referendum now! As long as Prime Minister Turnbull goes out of office before the Queen passes, Australia might not become a republic.

    The only time I would support Australia becoming a republic is if the President had to be an indigenous Australian.

  • Why Australia should not become a Republic.

    Australial should not become a Republic for the following reasons.
    Argument 1
    We have a perfectly fine and well working Government system so why change
    Britain, Canada and Britain are all democracies and are some of the best Government systems in the world
    The Australian democracy represents local’s as they run Governments within themselves. Becoming a republic would make local’s lose their jobs as it would take away their small Government.
    The Queen and King are only small symbols, they do not make the rules.
    We could be considered a Crowned Republic.
    We are a Constitutional Monarchy.
    Australia has been a democracy since 1901 so changing would be denting and changing history.


    Argument 2
    The Australian system actually has an extra layer of protection.
    This is because we have the Queen and the Governor General.
    The Queen has the ability to fire the Governor General.
    The Governor General has the ability to fire the Prime Minister.
    So if any of them decide to go bad they can get fired.


    Argument 3
    Changing to a Republic would cost a lot of money.
    It would cost a ton of money.
    They would have to re-right the Constitution.
    The flag would have to be changed.
    Pretty much everything in Parliament house would have to be changed.
    Our Anthem would have to be changed.
    What could be spending this money on?????
    We could be improving the health care systems, public transport, homelessness. The list would go on forever.
    It would also take time.
    Some Australians would not be happy with the decision and there would outrage within the country.
    Would need a Referendum which would cost a ton of money and time.

  • Why became an America , Russia , China ,middle east ,Africa and all the other unstable Republics

    Staying in the umbrella of a constitutional monarchy or Commonwealth creates political stability , the last thing we need is politicians getting more power , the way things are going with migration we could end up with a president no one want , so if we want the instability of America Russia China and co ,stay with what we've got

  • A republic would cost money!

    Making a republic would cost a heap of money! First we'd have to hold a referendum, then, we'd have to pay for the government! We only pay for the Queen when she is in our country, where as if we got rid of her, we'd have to pay for our government full time like England do for Elizabeth!

  • Please no republic!

    I think that we should definitely NOT become a republic. Not only would we be kicked out of the commonwealth games, (which is the only sporting event we are really good at) but you never know what sort of leader might be elected. In the past there has been some bad governments that ruled Australia, now imagine if they were given the power of a monarch! Our queen is good and so is her family. Why would we want to get rid of them? We don't want to become like America do we!

  • That is not da wae!

    Bro, why the bother, not much will change without her, what will change? Becoming a Republic would mean we don't have war allies, changing our flag and anthem. Ain't no body got time for that, what exactly do you want from that? Just look at America, man... PLEASE NO, STOP!

  • NO it should not

    No. I do not believe that the people of Australia, in general, feel that they need to form a republic. I haven't heard one compelling argument for this yet. The people of Australia are in general happy with what they have as a commonwealth, from what I can tell. If they are interested in becoming a republic, there will surely be more noise in the local arena for it. They do have a bit of a mock-federal government as it is.

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  • We should not

    I believe that becoming a republic is a waste of time, due to the fact that we are doing so well being in the commonwealth. Also England then would not have to help us in war or whenever we need their help. We should not become a republic due to this.

  • Have a look

    Look at the way that republics are going right now. Such as America. They have white supremacists and Neo-Nazis raging attacks across the country. They have had multiple war threats and are currently engaged in the biggest nuclear arms race since the Cold War. Even the Secretary of State called Donald Trump an @#$%@$# idiot after wanting to create more nuclear weapons after already having enough to destroy the world ten times over.

  • Our backup plan

    Australia is fortunate to have a powerful, moral and family oriented role model to look up to when the politicians just aren't cutting it. Politics comes and goes but the monarch is forever steadfast. They are there to protect us when the leader isn't the right fit for every Australian.

  • Time And Cost For Change

    We shouldn't be a republic because many things would have to change and this would take heaps of time and money, almost $2.5 billion.

    1) Passports must change.
    2) Currency must change for both Australia and the rest of the Commonwealth.
    3) Sporting events like Commonwealth games must change.
    4) Our national anthem must change.
    5) Flags must remove the Union Jack.

  • Because of no

    It would be a waste of time because if we were to change to a republic it would waste time designing our own flag our own coins our own national anthem and change the queens birthday holiday. It would be a waste of time and money. Btw presidents are expensive when the queen comes to Australia great Britain pays for her to come here. But if we had a president we would be paying for him all the time.

  • No republic, no changing our rights no getting rid of australias constitution:

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    And say no more changing our way of life to accomodate foreigners ,who hate western society as it is
    we need to keep the constitution safe ,.That is our australian right,.Be proud and keep australias constitution safe in our hand the people of australia.

  • If it isn't broken do not try to fix it

    The Queen is our Head of State and does not have a political point of view in government which is essential to the success of Australia. Do we really want a overpowering person to contradict the government and change everything that has been working so well for 116 years? We have progressed so much from 1901 and multiculuralism is nationally accepted and apart of our daily lives already, regardless of becoming a Republic. It would cost so much money for the government, increasing taxes and decreasing funds on public health and education. A Republic is not the way!

  • Stay a Monarchy

    Britain has our back in wars against other countries. We get money from them and they get money from us. We have a direct trade with them since we are connected. They provide us with the commonwealth games for entertainment for all of the many lovely Australian People. Stay a Monarchy!

  • Cost a LOT OF MONEY

    It will cost a lot of money because you will need to change the flag and change all of the coins and notes. The estimated amount of money to do all of this is 2.5 billion. NO REPUBLIC :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

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  • Big Cost, We can't take it anymore.

    Australia is in debt. There is no debate about it. So what Australia doesn't need is a lot more money going to changing everything to make it not in the Commonwealth. It would take years to change! Imagine what else it could be spent on, Jobs, Education, Health, Defence, AID, this could go on and on. I think they need more attention than A countries' status update!

  • This isn't Independence, it's Selfiness

    If Australia decided to become a republic we'd need to change our National Anthem, The currency (we'd have to take the Queen off the back of our Australian coin), and we'd definitely need to change the Australian flag.

    Also has anybody else seen some Republics that are around our world and how poor they are in economy and how little money they've got, I mean most of them might as well be 3rd world countries.

    So just think if Australia decided to become Republic. Australia go from 1st world to 3rd and would need a new head of state a new Anthem, Flag, and currency and Australia doesn't have enough money to do that nor does it need it.

    I'm not afraid of change its not what we need right now we should busy using our money for good cause not for selfish decisions.

  • Australia should stay a constitutional monarchy

    Australia should stay a constitutional monarchy because it has worked so well for so long. If we did become a republic there would be many costs to doing so. We could not compete in the commonwealth games or eurovision. We have troops to back us up if there is a 3rd world war.

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  • Save Australia and its People

    I haven't heard one compelling argument for this yet. The people of Australia are in general happy with what they have as a commonwealth, from what I can tell. If they are interested in becoming a republic, there will surely be more noise in the local arena for it. They do have a bit of a mock-federal government as it is.

  • Save Australia and its People

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  • No! Other countries are other countries

    I haven't heard one compelling argument for this yet. The people of Australia are in general happy with what they have as a commonwealth, from what I can tell. If they are interested in becoming a republic, there will surely be more noise in the local arena for it. They do have a bit of a mock-federal government as it is.

  • We would have to change the constitution

    I have decided to have a focus on the Constitution. If Australia was made a republic we would have to change the Constitution and the Constitution was designed to be hard to change. All Australians would have to vote in a referendum, which would be extremely expensive. We would have to make at least 70 changes to our Constitution. So not only do we have the cost of the referendum; we have the cost of changing the Constitution as well. By changing the Constitution, we would be changing the government we slowly built over many years. According to the Australian electoral commission the results of the 1999 Australian referendum showed that the majority of Australians not become a republic. Plus only 8 out of 43 referendums in Australia since 1999 have been approved by majority of the voters.

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  • If it's not broken don't fix it

    The queen has been doing this job since 195. So why let her go now, whats the difference. The queen has been doing an amazing job. There's a quote ' If its not broken, don't fix it' Theres no problems / nothing is wrong with Australia so why try fix it?

  • Australia > America

    Do we really want ONE person in charge of the WHOLE country. If we turn to republic, then voting in people in will turn into a big popularity contest. Do we really want someone like as radical and racsist as Donald Trump at risk of running the country? Didn't think so....

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  • No thank you!

    Seriously, why is this even a question? What good would becoming a republic do? Australia is completely independent and the monarchy doesn't affect us negatively in any way. I'm an immigrant, and not British, but I value the heritage of Australia. If Australians had declared independence back in the day, like the Americans did, and created a new nation from under the tyranny of Britain... That would have made sense and been a historically heroic moment to be proud of. But now, when Britain has nothing to do with how we run Australia? It would just be petty and silly.

    Changing things now would and cause a whole new set of headaches that just don't exist now. Presidents cost a whole lot of money. Changing up government would cost a whole lot of money. Changing the flag? Would cost a whole lot of money (plus would take the attention of the nation away from things that ACTUALLY matter). Can we just take a moment and look at the insanity of presidential elections in the US? Do we really want to make that a part of our future?

    And, being united and a team, working and standing together... Those are the things that matter in the crazy world we live in. Those are the things we should be focussing on... And not asserting our independence like some moody teenager.

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  • We will loose troops

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  • Australia should stay as is

    We have all the benefits, without the problems. It would cost so much just to do the referendum, Australia is risking a lot cutting ties with Britain so we should just stay the same. Why change something that is obviously working? The Australia act says that we are independent. See the Australia act for more info

  • Do we even need this discussion

    Why should we change a system if it appears to be working. Yes we could incorporate the aboriginal flag and the colours in our national flag and still be considered a commonwealth country, We spend to much time looking at ways to fix a not even broken system but we don't spend time fixing the true issue in society today.

    Another point I wish to add is a what if question. What if Australia came under attack, it is part of the treaty that is withheld between Australia and Britain that Britain must help us out because we are consider one nation. I know people might argue about the time in World War 2 were Britain left us to fight on our own but that was due to the fact that Britain was being invaded and bombed.

    Before I get of topic I wish to add that while we as a country is progressing further then one can even dream who are we fundamently, are we a nation built upon strength that was given to us by the British or are we a nation willing to abandoned the ties shared to forsake ourselves.

  • No to a republic

    Australia was found by Great Britain and it would be breaking a great tradition to become a republic. Becoming a republic would crush undiscovered aussie history. Anyway how would we choose the president and if they were safe we already no the monarchy are good people and whats wrong with a good old prime minister

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  • We do not need to change

    We have some historical link that may be jeopardised in the process of becoming a republic. Changing to a republic would be betraying our history and British culture and is an important part of Australia’s history and identity as a country. Britain basically colonised Australia, and if they didn't they most of us wouldn't even be here.

  • We should not become a republic

    The monarchy is an efficient system for the governance of Australia, which we would be stupid to overlook and change our representative system. Our Constitutional Monarchy form of government has worked for years, and is proven as an effective way to govern the country. It would be too risky to potentially harm our government

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    Poo is great, and i love older women The Queen doesn't even have any power either, except to confirm the appointment of Governor General which is done by the Prime Minister. The monarchs are simply irrelevant to our democracy since the powers the Queen has in the United Kingdom she does not have in Australia. The Governor General is the umpire or referee in our democracy, along with the High Court of Australia

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    No because i said no it is bad o our country and it ruin all of us and it is a lot of money for this to happen and we would have to change the flag and the national anthem lots of people wont like this at all. It is a bad choise

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  • Australia Becoming a republic NO WAY

    If Australia becomes a republic it would require a president and presidents are very expensive with the queen the government only have to pay for her to come to Australia if we had a president it would require the government to put our money towards them going on trips to different places and not as much money would go towards things we need.

  • Australia is ugly

    Ew Australia is ugly and will be ugly even if it is a republic. An ugly country such as a Australia should not be fixed if it is not broken. Why do we need a president, its not going to make our country any prettier. A president will make our country even uglier especially if they look like Donald Trump's taupe.

  • First-hand experience? No!

    Australia has had NO first hand experience with presidency! Sure, America became a republic, but that was long ago when EVERYONE knew about power! We would have to sack the governor , who by the way is one of the few people that know how to run a country, let alone a republic.

  • Highly economically impacting

    Eligibility for our Australian athletes to compete at the Commonwealth games would be diminished which would create a destructive chain reaction in our Australian society, all caused by the people uneducated about the risks of becoming a republic. When Australia hosts the games (which is often), a huge wave of thousands of tourists visit, purely for the event. Just think of all the income Australia makes and how that goes toward the bettering of our country! This money would create new jobs and tourist attractions which would all go toward growing this country, so why remove this just for the title of a republican?

  • Australia should not be a republic.

    Australia should not become a republic, because of the damage that it will do to the Australian community, how we do not want to break our ties with Britain, the queen also has the power to change our community if it is either damaged or corrupt, we need a larger force assisting us.

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  • Cultural and Historical Significance, Along With Aid

    Back in WWI, we supported other countries and yes, we did sacrifice for them. Yes, we did give our lives for a greater cause. Yet the day may come where we depend on those countries, the commonwealth, to supply aid to us. We will depend on them for help, to lead us to victory. Even though we are independent, the day may come where we proudly accept offers of support from the commonwealth. We are already independent, and recent votes show that Australia does not WANT to be a Republic. We choose to reach out, accepting and giving, rather than becoming a shell of a nation.

  • We would lose money!!

    1) The queen currently owns 1,900 million acres of land in Australia, land which we would most likely have to pay back.
    2) We would need to change the flag (which most people will hate) and then vote on which flag we wanted, a lengthy and expensive process which New Zealand are currently going through.
    3) The national anthem will most likely be changed as well (which most people will hate).
    4) We would lose the Queens birthday weekend holiday as well as any other events such as the Commonwealth Games.
    5) We would have to call Malcolm Turnbull the first President of Australia.
    6) The Queen has no actual power over Australia! She's a joke in her own country for god's sake!
    7) We could lose actual allies internationally which could damage trade.
    8) Their are no benefits to this other than an ego boost and people wanting change for changes sake.

  • Australia should not become a republic.

    Australia has had many complaints to become a republic but is that what we really want? Look at America, they are a republic country and all they do is pay money to their president. A lot of money goes into being republic. You have to pay for new flags, money, etc.
    What difference would being a republic make? Honestly we are doing fine in democracy! Would we have more independence? No because the Queen already gives us much opportunity to be independent.
    An affirmative debater has said that it would be an advantage for war because we wouldn't have to give our people away to other countries. Although I bet they didn't think about the advantage of having Britain on our sides did they?
    So in conclusion Australia should not become a republic country because we are fine with what we are now.

  • The Governor-General Offers a non-partisan check on the Executive

    Republicans tend to carry on over the absurd claim that the Governor-General holds too much power and typically use Gough Whitlam's dismissal as an example. As unfortunate as it is, I acknowledge that it was largely a misjudgment of politics by Governor-General John Kerr and that it was quite un-just; despite Kerr having his reasons. However, this has been the only instance where the Governor-General has interfered with Australian politics. While this may be reason to oust the monarchy, not a single Governor-General since has acted similar to Kerr, and we can only imagine the fiascos that would've occured if we were a republic. One example does not make an argument; imagine how crippled our society would be if we used this same logic on everything. Throughout our 116 years of democracy, this has only taken place once. The humorous reality of all of this is that the monarchy holds reserve powers and guarantees stability and our freedom; despite the fact that monarchies have typically been seen as tyrannical, yet today it affirms and secures our right to liberty from being curtailed by a rogue executive, as the Governor-General allows the dismissal of a rogue at no extra cost and makes elections free and fair which contrasts to republican systems; and it could be perceived that republican elitists are making a discrete power grab.

  • Guys we get a Public holiday

    Why should we get rid of the queen when we all get a public holiday when its her birthday? Also Australia is perfect how it is! Why do we need to change it? I just don't think its worth debating over whether or not to become a republic because the queen is part of Australia's history! - Fellinthemudnub (sub me on youtube)

  • The money should be better spent

    If Australia was to become a republic then it would cost over $2.5 billion and this money should be better spent on our health, schooling or the poor. IT would have to go through a referendum and who knows how long it would take, our flag would need to be changed (lots of money) our national anthem should be changed (another lot of money) and our crowned land needs to be dealt with.

  • We will pay more taxes!

    The queen only visits Australia occasionally so we only have to pay small taxes for the queen once in a while. I a president is elected, we will have to pay large, constant taxes or him/her to keep him/her in charge. Obama already cost 1.4 billion dollars to keep him president. Since Australia has a smaller population, we will have to pay more constant, larger taxes the US!

  • Australia should not become a republic

    Australia should not become a republic because of our British culture and our current system is just fine there is nothing wrong with it and we cannot just betray our British culture and start again and if we become a republic then we are going to need a new national anthem.

  • Just keep it the way it is

    About 12 months ago the queen visited Australia as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. During the time she was in Australia over 65 percent of Australians watched part of her tour on TV.

    What difference would us becoming a republic make. Apart from NOT being able to compete in the commonwealth games, NOT getting a long weekend, and NOT being able to get excited about her visiting us. So ask yourself why do we need to become a republic.

  • It cost money to become a republic!

    Becoming a republic would have massive cost issues, what with changing the flag the national anthem and the currency we currently have.
    To change to a republic it would cost around 2.5 billion dollars, money that would be better spent on education or medicine. Australia only pays for the Queen when she is in Australia if we have our own President then we would be paying for them all the time. When ever they want to travel abroad or around the country.

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  • What about our history?

    Our country consists of a variety of cultures, we can't ignore the history of Australia's federation, even immigrants respect our national journey,history, and traditions. Many have admiration for the monarchy because constitutional monarchies are the most democratic nations in the world and have among the highest human development in the world

  • A fresh start to Australia would mean a fresh start which would mean losing things and money.

    Well to be a republic, we would need to employ different people and many people would loose their jobs. Our flag would need to be changed as well as our money. Our flag is part of our history, and so is The Queen, Princes and Princesses. They play a big part in our history so why change it now?

  • An Australian Republic is the paradise of fools.

    How much will the change cost? It's not just the system itself but the cost of everything that must be then labelled Republic of Australia, from government buildings to letterheads to the sudden 'need' for new fleets of cars, ad infinitum. Billions of dollars of waste from the out dated stocks of Commonwealth based items and billions more for the new designs of stamps, coins, signage etc. Who benefits from this part of the fiasco, a few dealers in scrap, one or two designers (possibly from another country) but most of all the legal teams contracted to create the new constitution and its multiple unreadable parts and the politicians and bureaucrats who force it into being, confident, as well they might be, that they will suffer no status reduction from the change and indeed may well benefit greatly as the leaders of the new republic.
    And what will be the benefit to the average Australian? Will they suddenly have more job prospects? Will they be able to miraculously produce more goods or to give greater service? Will their pay packet abruptly be more able to supply their needs? Perhaps their patriotism will burst forth so that these things become immaterial? No, these things will not occur. For the great majority of people, a change to a republic will not simply not do anything of note but may well be the insult after the injury when they are told to tighten their belts to pay for the fantasy they are given.
    My basic point in conclusion is that there is no PRACTICAL reason for the change only a, frankly dubious, emotional need on the part of those who seem given to ignore the state of the country as it is let alone how it will be thereafter.

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  • If it isn't broken don't fix it

    We have built an amazing nation under the queen. We should be proud of it and wear this as a badge of honor. We are independent as we are to manage our own affairs.
    They're are plenty of dysfunctional republics out there... Why bother the whole nation and stretch out tight budget to fix something that's not broken??

  • Political fat cats

    We all know what the greedy pollie whants, And thats a greater share than thay allrdy have . We are a country that has a 42 billion surplus like no other country can for its population per year , So too argue for more money bye not helping other poor country,s is just sad and cruel, All australians no matter what colour came from another country too get here wheather it was the first migration of the tasmanian aboriginal too the last migration of the mainland aboriginal and yes only the bass stopped the mainland aboriginal from wiping out the tasmanian first migration aboriginal as history shows , so i still believe that australia actually needs a parent too keep safe in this region of the world and too be honest asia is a threat still too us. So we need powerful friend s on our side, Like how britain helped the falkland island . I know i felt the queens warmth

  • Effect on government and other things!!!!!!

    As u can c we r under the queen we follow the British government and does anybody have a problem? No!!!!( well all the people I know of ) so by changing Australia to a republic means we need to change our style/ British style of government. Plus if we do turn into Republic it would be hard to have support if we go to war etc.
    also I'm pretty sure we have had a lot of help and support from the British empire by becoming a republic we might neglect this, which is unfair. We would also need to change a lot of things we have in Australia since a lot of our things are bases on the British style.

  • We don't need it

    Our current system provides us with a beneficial amount of independence. What would it grant us, in fact it would severe our ties with the commonwealth and its loyal allegiance with our country. So why change when we don't need change. Lets keep calm and carry on.
    This is obvious proof to support my case

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  • No thanks republic!

    We have a good life under the queen why change it now? We have done many great things under the rule of the the queen and you want to abandon them? Doing this would create many money problems and other problems like it, so why would we bother becoming a republic?

  • We dont need to

    We have been fine so far, so why bother changing it now. Its just an unnecessary struggle and a lot of work for australia when we arent gaining anything in particular. We should just chill out and stay the same becauase thats the best thing to do, so let keep our country strong and stable.

  • The Queen Dies!

    For Australia to become a republic you need to kill the queen. If you want the queen to die then you are a killer and you may as well live the rest of your life in prison. You would kill someone important to a family :( So Sad.
    BY Chantelle

  • The queen dies

    For Australia to become a republic the queen of British needs to die. If you want the queen to die you should be sent to prison, because no one has the right to kill / murder someone. You will live the rest of your life in quilt.
    By Chantelle Wilcox

  • We're only helping the government and the politicians

    Sure, being a republic could be helpful but if you think about it logically we're not helping ourselves, we're just helping the government and the politicians. If you think Australia should be a republic I respect your opinion but it is illegal to actually go through with this idea. But then again, who would listen to a 12 year old girl right?

  • No. Completely unnecessary.

    Australia is already an independent country and becoming a republic will not improve the fundamental processes involved in governance. I think we have already had a taste of what it would be like to have a president in the form of Tony Abbott. He governed as a president, not as a Prime Minister. As the current PM Malcolm Turnbull said, we need someone to govern as 'the first among EQUALS.' I cannot see any pros to becoming a republic, though I can see a few cons. Primarily, how much would it cost? We would have to change our flag, our currency, etc. So much money and effort for so little reward.

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  • No, Australia should remain a monarchy

    I don't think Australia should become a republic. Australians have many other issues to focus on rather than electing a ceremonial head of state. The Queen should be retained as monarch, there's no need to change her anytime soon. That would only serve as a distraction from serious governance issues.

  • What would happen to the names?

    Queensland, Victoria and NSW are all related and or have been named about the queen or have some thing to do about England. What would happen to these names? Would they change, or would it be another reminder for the children of how our selfishness led to our republic? There is no need to become a republic because once we were a republic, we would have to go through all the fuss of almost everything to reshape Australia

  • Australia Is fine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    All Australia needs is a strong and better government, who cares about the entire nation rich, poor, gay, straight, Bi or Tans. Black, white, the sick, the dying, the healthy, nature ect...
    If Australia was to become a "republic" could you imagine what America would be like if it went broke? Take Greece for an example and think of the these questions: why are they bankrupt? Why is Italy struggling with there economy? Do you have an idea how expensive it is to have a president instead of a prime minister? If so what are the repercussions later down the track? Would we want our homes possibly taxed instead of rates on the land? Would you really think Australia is much better off idolizing the United States? Or the United Kingdom? Don't fix what isn't broken, fix the government not the system!!! AUSTRALIA IS THE GREENER GRASS ON THE OTHER SIDE. WAKE UP PEOPLE USE YOUR COMMEN LOGIC SENCE.

  • This is important

    In my opinion don’t think that Australia should be a republic because this country was founded by the British so if Australia is a republic it we will get rid of our traditional flag from the Union Jack and we have to make our own flag instead. If one year the British royal family won’t come to Australia because it is a republic country, they don’t want to royal family anymore and the public will be angry for not to see them at all. If that happens the national Anthem will change as well and it would really bad and uncomfortable to sing because we got use t the song and no one will like it.
    When the queen comes to Australia we is should only pay when she comes here but the UK pays for her trips we not losing a lot of money to come to Australia and the queen rarely comes to Australia anyways so we don’t really have to pay for her. Changing to a republic would be betraying our history and British culture and just because we are a multicultural country doesn't mean we have to let go to England and the rest of the royal family won’t like changing to become a republic and won’t come to Australia ever again and everyone won’t like it.
    Our British heritage is important to our identity and changing this will impact how we see ourselves as a country. If Australia is republic we won’t be apart in the commonwealth games and we don’t host the games for example the next one in Gold Coast and we won’t get enough tourists to our country to see the games and we won’t be a successful country to visit.
    Australia is a multicultural country and we share with the British and the other British countries. Australia is only what it is today because of the British, if it were not for them this country would not be the great nation it is today. I think that Australia doesn’t need to become a republic. If we were, it would take a lot of time, effort and money to call yet another referendum to do so.
    An average Australian who is pro-republic has been brainwashed and 99% of them can't even explain how a republic will benefit Australia. Britain is far more powerful than Australia, if a war does occur we will be supported by the British and we can help them and other countries but if we don’t we have to take care of ourselves, but will won’t be a great success.
    If Australia is a republic we have to change all of our currency, removing the queen on all of the coins and cash, melt it and get our own country currency. If that happens we don’t have any support and we will fail the money and then Australia will have a huge issue.

  • No way mate

    Australians will love to see the cute new Prince George one day be our head of state so I say Australia vote no for a new generation of monarchs. Australia don't listen to each instead they focus on politics and we don't need to change it because our constitution is the best in the world we don't need to change the system of power however I do agree with aboriginal rights to be displayed in our constitution this is another trap that we all have fallen in over the years. VOTE NO TO A REPUBLIC!

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  • Just for banter, if it ain't broke don't fix it.

    If there isn't a problem, then nothing needs to be fixed. People want change because they don't like the system, then go somewhere else then, we wont miss you. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. I have nothing else to add and am finding it difficult to type the whole 50 words.

  • There is no need.

    Why become a republic when our system has delivered us one of the most stable countries in the world.... Its bad enough that mps and senators put their reelection before the good of the country we dont need an executive that has to play the popularity game too.... Constitutional monarchies kill parliament corruption.

  • WHY!! Should we?

    We are fine the way we are and I love the Queen very, very much. As do many of my friends. Come on just imagine that poor person who would have to change the constitution it would take forever. If anything would have come out of that it would be that they would learn how to spell president pretty quickly.

  • Australia should not

    In my opinion I think that Australia shouldn't become a republic, all other countries, should stay democratic. The people in Australia are fine with the way the governmental system is at this point. The country is known for its beautiful landscapes and great living amount residents. If all is well, and most of the people are happy, then there is no need for Australia to become a republic.

  • No it shouldnt

    I haven't heard one compelling argument for this yet. The people of Australia are in general happy with what they have as a commonwealth, from what I can tell. If they are interested in becoming a republic, there will surely be more noise in the local arena for it. They do have a bit of a mock-federal government as it is.

  • Everything is Perfect as it is

    I believe that Australia should not become a republic. I think that there would be no point in becoming a republic, because we live without the intervention of the Queen at the moment, so becoming a republic would achieve nothing. If we were to become a republic, we would lose the support of England in times of war, famine or other disaster. I think that becoming a republic would achieve nothing, lose our links with England and waste the parliament's time when they should be concerned with more important issues if we were to become a republic, the governor general would be replaced by a president who would have the same powers and responsibilities as our Governor General, so only the name and the person holding the position would change, wasting important parliament time and achieving absolutely nothing.

  • No war help

    If we are to go under war we are no longer allies with Britain which will make war harder as we are a continent with no neighbouring countries.
    Changing our flag, anthem, money and legal system would cost a lot of money that could be used for much more important things

  • Australia is not broken,Don't try to fix what is not broken.

    The 1999 referendum had a majority of no. The future referendum may not change as the parents who voted no will probably pass down their future generation and the results will stay the same with the exception of the change in population. We should also respect the British who founded the country therefore I say no to a Republic.

  • The american campaign is so expensive!

    If Australia goes independent , and we follow the American system of voting for a President, the candidates require lot's of one to campaign on TV advertisements, newspaper etc, also they persuade/campaign for 12 months! It is unfair to more intelligent people who may be on a financial budget than someone who is a millionaire but not that intellectual. Also, there are not a huge amount of rich people in Australia anyway. I may be young, but I know my facts.

  • It would be an abomination to become republic

    Australia still relies on Great Britain for support and guidance. If a war were to break out we would have no support from them. That, and Prince William, Princess Kate and George are amazing. In addition to this, there are a number of events such as the Commonwealth games, which when hosted by Australia, provides a great amount of money generated by the tourism, which, happens to be Australia's primary industry. In addition to this, the affirmative side of this debate does not really seem to provide any real reasons and our links to British rule are our only culture. We forsake that and we forsake our country. And don't anybody say that the Aboriginal culture is our culture, because do you really look around and see its embrace? No. We loose our tie with our motherland, and we will have nothing.

    Loyalty will get you far.

  • Why do something so idiotic

    While being under a constitutional monarchy we are provided with privileges that support not just us but for every other country under the commonwealth . If we go to war England and any other country is under a oath to help and same goes to us . If we become a republic we don't have as many allies and we don't get to have one of the super powers who has won majority of their battles. We become an outsider defending our selves with no help and honestly that is harder also it coast money to have a president and for a queen but you only pay for the queen when she is on the land..

  • Don´t cut off your nose to spite your face

    In a world full of turmoil, it certainly is best to stay with what you know. Australia has been connected to Britain throughout all of its history and to cut complete ties is like saying " well, I will forget my childhood" it just simply isn´t possible. The Queen and her heirs are not bound to politics, as they are above it. There are no valid reasons to become a republic. Is simply just can´t be.

  • Australia is stronger within the commonwealth

    The commonwealth provides us with support from other commonwealth nations such as Canada and India.There is no need to leave the commonwealth, as we already have a strong national identity in our sport and our holiday destinations and we have great landmarks such as the Sydney Harbor Bridge. The idea that the UK runs Australia is false as all important decisions are made by an Australian parliament not in Westminster. Those who think the Queen controls Australia are also disillusioned as the Queen can not even make comments on political issue in the UK let alone in Australia. That is why i believe we are stronger in the UK and there is no need for Australia to become a republic.

  • The commonwealth games

    If we are not a part of the commonwealth athletes have less opportunities to compete in their sport. We will have more support if we have another war, on the other hand if we are not a democracy we won't have the commonwealth on our side to fend for us. Also if we are a republic the younger generation of athletes dreams will be crushed because they won't be allowed to compete. As a result today's athletes will not have as much experience as the others do in the commonwealth, this could effect their results in causing them not to be as good as the other competitors.

  • The stupidest move made in Australia's history

    If Australia were to become a republic, the government systems would be a lot less democratic. The question put forward in the referendum of 1999 was whether Australia should become a republic with the governor-general and monarch would be replaced by one office, the President of the Commonwealth of Australia, the occupant elected by a two-thirds majority of the Australian Parliament for a fixed term. This meant it would be up to the Parliament, not the population, to elect our President. It seems like more of a tyranny than a democracy.
    Our country wouldn’t be nearly as democratic without our queen, even if she is useless, famous and born to the crown. She doesn't impact our lives significantly, but she keeps our Prime Minister and other important government systems in play, systems that keep our country a lot more democratic. If Australia became a republic, the President would have the power to throw our entire country upside down, and no one would have the power to throw the president out of Parliament until the end of the fixed term.
    To keep our country democratic it is up to us to make sure we forever remain a constitutional monarchy.

  • We need our queen

    No. I do not believe that the people of Australia, in general, feel that they need to form a republic. I haven't heard one compelling argument for this yet. The people of Australia are in general happy with what they have as a commonwealth, from what I can tell. If they are interested in becoming a republic, there will surely be more noise in the local arena for it. They do have a bit of a mock-federal government as it is.

  • Allies in the world

    While the commonwealth doesn't legally bind the other countries to help us it gives us a similar culture. You say that we rely on England but if we did become a republic we would rely heavily on America as an ally. And that is no better then being part of the commonwealth except if we stay we a kickass culture. And what's so good about a president? We switch a person in another country with no power, with a person in this country that would have power you wouldn't want a head of state to have.

  • Presidents are expensive

    Presidents are expensive Australians only pay for the queen when she is in Australia. Great Britain pays for her trips abroad; even her travel to Australia when she visits, whereas Australians would be paying for a president all of the time. A constitutional monarchy works very well, look at Sweden or Holland for an example. Some would say that someone who is 'elected' would have more support of the people, but look at recent events in Germany where the president was recently sacked for corruption. Would Australians want another corrupt politician yielding even more pointless power?

  • We don' t need to be a republic

    Australia has more advantages of not being a republic, because the Commonwealth gives so many advantages for example you can get a British passport which lets you go anywhere in Europe. You could go to France, Spain, Germany etc. That's why Australians, living as a republic, we all have the chance to have a British passport.

  • If It Ain't Broke ...

    Australia would become rudderless if it becomes a republic, I am an American, but I can see that Australia would be playing a dangerous game if it became a republic. I think it would not have a real identity, I also think racial and cultural tensions in Australia would increase.

  • Why should we

    I don't understand why we should become a republic, I mean if we did who knows where we would be and the Queen needs us just like we need the Queen. If we didn't have her than we could all be living on the streets or not being able to go to school.

  • Fine the way we are

    Everyone is happy now so why do we need to change it? Australia could be destroyed if we try to make a major change like that, because not all people will want it to happen and there could be riots and strikes making the economy drop and then the country just keeps going downhill.

  • I believe that Australia should not be a republic because of the reasons below

    I think a republic would be too expensive by changing the coins and flags and that could make the debt that we already have even worse!! It will also be a fuss to elect a new leader (president). I don't care we are being ruled by someone we haven't voted for because if we want to be a democracy she can't do much anyway.

  • USA is a republic and they are a mess

    Who wants to follow the USA? They are a mess! They are definitely not an example of a positive republic! So who wants to follow their lead! Also there would be such an extreme cost in changing to a republic everything would need to be changed such as the currency, flag , constitution etc etc. Money that would be better spent on health and education.

  • Can Australia continue to stand on its two feet?

    The high Australian Dollar has lead to implications such as job losses scheduled to occur in the near future, the number of blue-collar job opportunities falling and hence, slimming opportunities for "hands-on" workers.

    The fact that China has been buying less of Australia's raw material and resources reflects significantly on our economy; imagine if the mining boom ended!

    Australia isn't fit to be a republic - not yet, anyway.

  • No long weekend

    One extra day people have to spend at work or school. It also falls on a monday, and no one likes mondays. Cannot participate in the commonwealth games and things like the national flag and anthem will have to be changed. The queen is cool and republics suck. So no

  • Australia should not become a republic

    Question; have you noticed how we in Australia are preoccupied with progress? Our coat of arms consists of a kangaroo and an emu. Both animals can only move forward, symbolising Australia’s want for advancement, hence in our National Anthem we sing “Advance Australia Fair”. This line says it all. Even our Prime Ministers of past and present focus on, and I quote, “moving forward”, and we all know how that worked for her. With all this talk of progress, it is natural for some to think that Australia becoming a republic is another step forward. We, the negative, wholeheartedly disagree with this, and see that becoming a republic is a step backwards. This goes against the fundamental essence of what it is to be Australia.

  • Australia should not become a republic!!

    Australia should not become a republic for many reasons. One is that the expense would be huge! We would have to change our flag, currency, coins, signs, stationery, souvenirs, etc. Another point is that what is the point?! We are doing pretty well for a country and there is no need to change who we are and who we have been for so long!!

  • God save the queen

    The Australian government have been in full control since federation and the queen is only our figurehead and the governor general main job is to make sure that the prime minster makes the right decisions for the nation therefore only steps in if he/ she thinks that the decision will harm the nation. When I join the Royal Australian Navy I will serve and die for the Queen and Australia. I will not die for the prime minster or president. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN and LONG REIGN THE QUEEN

  • Don't fix it if it ain't broke

    Cutting ties with the UK will most certainly diminish our influence in the world. Why would we want to have a weaker relationship with any country? How would becoming a republic improve Australia's diplomacy with any nation? By maintaining the relationship with the UK, we can maintain a greater level of relevance and friendship with the whole of Europe and USA.

  • WE will lose a free Holiday

    I quite enjoy having that nice "Queen's Birthday" holiday to relax. If Australia were to become a republic then we would lose that holiday and that would really suck. I would answer the same if someone asked me if I wanted to get rid of Anzac day. Again I would say no and simply say "why get rid of a free holiday?"

  • Current Australian Constitution:

    The statement: -

    “...........Have agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.......”

    within the current Australian Constitution was the reason for, and the basis of, the Constitution; and it's impossible for me to understand how others can't comprehend the legally enforceable implications of this somewhat simple english statement.

    But then it's probable that those behind the push to make Australia a Republic simple don't want to understand this statement or anything else that would destroy their fantasy.

  • The Monarchy is an Institution that promotes stability

    The Monarchy has been in Australia since it´s founding and even before federation and has done nothing but good for Australia. There is no reason for Australia to become a republic. The Queen is a part of Australia too. Tradition is an important part of national identity and rejecting our history for political correctness is just wrong.

  • We have to many monarch connections

    If australia were to become a republic we would have a huge shock with how self reliant we would have to be. If a republic were to form many allies and laws could easily be changed. We would also lose a very close ally and we would also have less support in funding issues

  • Um, no way!

    Australia shouldn't become a Republic. Australia is such a brilliant country, one of the best in the world. Its safe, beautiful and is fine the way it is. We should be AUSTRALIA, and not try to become like America, that would turn badly. Our flag is beautiful, and the anthem explains Australia in the best way possible. The queen, where do I start, is the most loving, kind soul in the world. She doesn't exactly rule us, and she represents our country nicely. And, who doesn't love the royal family, especially the new baby?

  • There's no need

    By the way sorry for spelling mistakes I'm on my phone xD. Australia is not ruled by Great Britain and technically is ruled by the queen of Australia, this term is not often used but technically the British crown, Canadian crown and Australian crown (etc) are different but are worn by te same person, it is a reminder of Australia's history. It also allows for a close relationship with other commonwealth countries around the globe with political support from these different countries also changing the constitution would be effort.

    So in conclusion, the royalty is a relic from colonial times but symbolise all that was good from this time such as integrity, loyalty, comradeship, honour and friendship :) also in an ever changing world it's good to be reminded that you have allies bound in past brotherhood, thank you for your time. :D

  • Money (national funds)

    Because it would cost a lot of money, for example you might change the money (pictures), the Australian flag and the constitution rules (rule of law), especially if the 'new' prime minister wants to make new rules or change the old ones. This would not be very sustainable becuse the money being used is the nations funds and could put our country into poverty

  • The pro-republic voters are failing in their reasoning. I still haven't heard one reason how becoming a republic will truly benefit the average Australian person.

    Britain don't make the decisions. Australia already primarily acts as a republic, we make the decisions. The Queen is just figuratively the head of state, more for , historical, symbolic and ceremonial purposes. There is literally no benefit to becoming a republic except to give more power to the government and politicians (like the USA has done). This is something that we as the general public want to avoid, we don't want over-powered, over-bloated and over-spending governments. We already have one of the best balanced government structures in the world.

  • No it won't benefit the average Australian. It'll only provide more power to the government, to the politicians and the political system will become over-bloated.

    There is literally no benefit to Australia becoming a republic. The queen is a historical and ceremonial figure. We still essentially already act as a republic today, however, the one true benefit of still having a queen is that it prevents the Australian parliament from becoming too bloated. If Australia becomes a republic we will therefore require a president. And from judging how the last election campaign ran, we will most likely start mimicking the US political system over time. Which is something we want to avoid. The US political system is far too over-powered, far too bloated and wastes far too much money. Keeping the Queen, which we don't have to pay for (only when she comes on rare visits) keeps our parliament in check. It provides a balance from the politicians and the general public. It's no wonder why many politicians are pro-republic, they only want more power. The average Australian who is pro-republic has been brainwashed and 99% of them can't even explain how a republic will benefit Australia? They just say 'because Australia deserve it' and other faulty social reasons. It's because essentially it won't benefit the average Australian, it'll only provide more power to the politicians and government. This is why so many politicians are constantly challenging the system.

  • No, it is pointless and will lead to an over-empowered and over-bloated political system.

    There is literally no benefit to Australia becoming a republic. The queen is a historical and ceremonial figure. We still essentially already act as a republic today, however, the one true benefit of still having a queen is that it prevents the Australian parliament from becoming too bloated. If Australia becomes a republic we will therefore require a president. And from judging how the last election campaign ran, we will most likely start mimicking the US political system over time. Which is something we want to avoid. The US political system is far too over-powered, far too bloated and wastes far too much money. Keeping the Queen, which we don't have to pay for (only when she comes on rare visits) keeps our parliament in check. It provides a balance from the politicians and the general public. It's no wonder why many politicians are pro-republic, they only want more power. The average Australia who is pro-republic has been brainwashed and 99% of them can't even explain how a republic will benefit Australia? It's because essentially it won't benefit the average Australian, only the politicians.

  • Why risk it?

    The Queen of Australia is as Australian as any other Aussie.
    She acts as a protector of the Constitution, a neutral safeguard, adding a layer of non-partisan checks and balances.
    She provides stability and continuity to Australian democracy in a world that changes fast.
    She is an anchor of our age.

  • There are no benefits in becoming a republic

    Australia is doing fine with the current system we have right now why change it? We will lose our alliance with Britain which ensures that if we come into any trouble such as wars and terrorism Britain has to help us. We will also have to spend huge amounts of money to change our flag currency, etc. When I read many comments that want Australia to become a republic they are talking about Australia becoming independent and free well in my perspective that is a pretty pathetic reason when if Australia did become a republic we would lose so much but if we stay with the queen we have so many benefits.

  • Why lose something of this value?

    If the reason that we should become a Republic is because we are more free that is a load of rubbish. There is not one single idea that actually will make our democracy better, it only hinders it. If Australia was to become a Republic, the country will be too expensive to run and honestly we are not in the best financial shape to do so.

  • Pride in Tradition and Loyalty

    There is simply no overwhelming reason to become a republic. We have something very special here, a connection that not all other countries share. When in Australia has there been civil war or tyranny by the government... Never. Our political system (The Westminster System) (ie British), has proven to be one of the most stable systems in existence. How many republics have come into power, not only to either corrupt, corrupted or overthrown...So, so many. We have checks and balances to make sure no one has too much dominance over control; and guess what, its worked flawlessly since Federation. We cannot truthfully deny are British-ness because we are, in so many ways; and why should we, we should be proud of it.
    God Save the Queen

  • Simple Question, Why?

    What would we gain? Short answer nothing.
    Cost tax payers $$$ - need to focus on subjects that matter, could potentially lose a relationship with a strong country, not ready, Men fought and died for this land, this flag, it is internationally recognisable, changing it is disrespectful for those who paid the ultimate price, A President will cost a LOT more: Bush cost $1.6 Billion a YEAR, Obama is reportedly costing $1.4 Billion a year, Another plus for Australia keeping the queen as our head of state is the queens birthday long weekend,
    War: If we do not become a republic, we will still have our ties with Britain. This is incredibly important due to increasing occurrences of terrorism and the threat of another war. Britain is far more powerful than Australia, and if a war does occur, we will be supported by the British. Australia's too young and too inexperienced to become a republic. Who would become our president? No one in Australia so far has the experience in that matter. Becoming a Republic is just a waste of money. We would have to change our currency, our flags and so forth. Sure the Queen doesn't do much except agree/disagree to our new rules and laws, but isn't that a good thing? She doesn't interfere much with us, but we have full support from such a powerful country if we need help one day. Currency, flags and a need for the Queen to agree with our changing laws is a very small price to pay when we gain loyalty from a powerful country.
    If Australia were to become a republic they would not be able to participate in the commonwealth games. In 2010 Australia topped the medal tally, which means that the athletes become more confident and we win more sporting events. Also when Australia holds the commonwealth games that attracts more tourists to Australia. More tourists means more money for Australia which means we can start growing as a country.

  • Great system now

    Our system now has great checks and balances and is one of the best in the world with no wars of independence or anything. The monarchy serves us well and unites the commonwealth above politics. We should respect the history and wrongs done to indigenous Australians but a republic is not going to do this.

  • It's not necessary

    It would take time and be costly.
    We may lose our friendship with a powerful country.
    It wouldn't change much.
    Seriously we don't need to worry about our "identity", its fine don't worry, no one thinks we are just some British colony.
    The Queen doesn't even do much anyway.
    So overall it would be pretty much pointless at this time to become a republic.

  • Why change something that has been around so long?

    There is arguably barely any problems with staying the way Australia is, and the conversion will be very costly. Furthermore, ties to our past create stronger relationships with the UK. What problem could be had there?

    Men fought and died for this land, this flag, it is internationally recognisable, changing it is disrespectful for those who paid the ultimate price.

  • What would we gain?

    Short answer nothing. Currently the Prime Minister fills all the positions that the President of the United States does. That's another thing, if we were to become a Republic which model would we follow? The American which is basically the same as ours, the German where the House of Representatives elects the President, or another model. There are dozens to chose from. Who is to say that any will suit Australia, a country of vast land and sparse population, where groups are already being misrepresented. We should focus on solving our current issues before changing our Governmental system that could make the problems worse.

  • Australia should stay as a Commonwealth

    I believe Australia should not become a Republic because the British came and settled in Australia. We also have the Union Jack on our flag and our government system is based on the British's system. Australia and Britain even go by the same measurement system, the metric system. They are our mother country, who paved Australia's way to becoming the country it is today.

  • What happens if there's a war?

    If we do not become a republic, we will still have our ties with Britain. This is incredibly important due to increasing occurrences of terrorism and the threat of another war. Britain is far more powerful than Australia, and if a war does occur, we will be supported by the British. Australia's too young and too inexperienced to become a republic. Who would become our president? No one in Australia so far has the experience in that matter. Becoming a Republic is just a waste of money. We would have to change our currency, our flags and so forth. Sure the Queen doesn't do much except agree/disagree to our new rules and laws, but isn't that a good thing? She doesn't interfere much with us, but we have full support from such a powerful country if we need help one day. Currency, flags and a need for the Queen to agree with our changing laws is a very small price to pay when we gain loyalty from a powerful country.

  • Pragmatic monarchism; and we are already independent.

    Australia is not dependent on any country. Australia's head of state is the Queen of Australia and in no way is the United Kingdom's government involved with Australia's government. I am a pragmatic monarchist, not because of any allegiance or admiration for the monarchy but because constitutional monarchies are the most democratic nations in the world and have among the highest human development (especially inequality adjusted) in the world. The Queen doesn't even have any power either, except to confirm the appointment of Governor General which is done by the Prime Minister. The monarchs are simply irrelevant to our democracy since the powers the Queen has in the United Kingdom she does not have in Australia. The Governor General is the umpire or referee in our democracy, along with the High Court of Australia.

  • No. I do not believe that the people of Australia, in general, feel that they need to form a republic.

    I haven't heard one compelling argument for this yet. The people of Australia are in general happy with what they have as a commonwealth, from what I can tell. If they are interested in becoming a republic, there will surely be more noise in the local arena for it. They do have a bit of a mock-federal government as it is.

  • There's no good reason to

    I believe that there is no reason for Australia to become a republic. The Queen is a far better alternative to an elected head of state. She does not have much real power, but can remove a PM that has violated the Constitution or has increased their own power too much. This means that, while the monarch does not have have the power to, say, become all powerful like (an extreme, I know) Hitler or Mussolini, he/she can prevent one from arising. This system we have is not broken, so why fix it?

  • Australia will fall to its knees

    No Australia should stay as a Commonwealth realm to the queen. If Australia was a republic not a constitutional monarchy, we will not participate in the commonwealth games, government will change and the economy and others will fall apart. The queen is one of our heads of state including the governor-general.

  • Would it make a difference?

    I believe that Australia need not become a republic. If we were, it would take time, effort and money to call yet another referendum to do so. Also, how will this significantly benefit Australia-- will it make much of a difference as to what we have now? Much of the Australian population does not like the idea of “change”. We also will not have the support of the British monarchy. Even if we change to becoming a republic the Queen does not even intervene as much anyway. Maybe in the next 20 years we shall become a republic. As for now? No Australians are just not ready for such a big change. I believe that Australia need not become a republic. If we were, it would take time, effort and money to call yet another referendum to do so. Also, how will this significantly benefit Australia-- will it make much of

  • Don't fix it if it ain't broke

    Now, I might be a Brit living in Australia, but I don't think I'm too biased. There simply is no point to Australia becoming a republic, yes everyone feels a little bit more independent, but that's it. As for the whole national identity thing, it's not like people look at Australia and say "ooh, they're a British colony", no, they say "oh look it's Australia". The fact is that people don't look at Australia as a British colony, they look at Australia as Australia. Everyone else on here has already pointed out the immense cost a republican Australia would involve so, what is the point of republic?

  • Too much to do

    If we change to a republic, that means we have to change the money from the queen's face, to, I don't know - Kevin Rudd?

    Do we seriously want him on the back of the coin? On the notes?

    Sure, he's a nice guy - but he is really annoying as a politician.

    Secondly - being a republic means that we're not in the commonwealth anymore... And that goes to the Commonwealth Games. It's the only thing we do well in sport.

    I think Australia is perfect as it is, and it would take too much time, effort, and money to change everything.

  • It will not be better! Don't fix it if it ain't broke.

    Allies:
    - We only have one friendly neighbour - New Zealand.
    - We and NZ both have a VERY small population (22 and 4.3 million) compared with our not so friendly neighbours - Indonesia (248.6 million), Vietnam (91.5 million), China (1.34 Billion).
    - Why push our powerful UK ally away? In 1982 the UK retook the Falkland Islands from invasion by Argentina, travelling 13,000kms for an island of less than 2,000 inhabitants. Australia is under 14,000kms away and is a much more important ally for the UK.

    A President will cost a LOT more:
    - Bush cost $1.6 Billion a YEAR, Obama is reportedly costing $1.4 Billion a year.
    - The cost to consult, plan, implement, etc to convert to a republic isn't going to be anything near a small figure either.
    - We only pay for the Queen whilst she is in Australia. Note: We also pay for other visiting dignitaries from other nations (including those that are not members of the commonwealth).

    We will not be happy with a President:
    - No matter what the method of election is, do you really think you're going to be happy with them?
    - They're not going to have the experience and delicacy the position requires
    - Presidency gives more room for corruption and power abusive politicians

    Flags, anthem and other generally unwanted changes.
    - The Union Jack in our flags will no longer be appropriate and they will all need changing.
    - A lot of republicans want the anthem changed as well, why? What does it have to do with the republic issue?

    Other points that are often brought up:
    - Technically we already have an Australian Head of State 99% of the time - the Governor-General.

    - At her Coronation on 2 June 1953, The Queen swore an oath to govern the peoples of Australia and her other realms "according to their respective laws and customs."

    - Although Australia is an independent nation, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain is also formally Queen of Australia. The Queen appoints a Governor-General (on the advice of the elected Australian Government) to represent her. The Governor-General has wide powers, but by convention acts only on the advice of ministers on virtually all matters.

    - Australia obviously has a deep history with the UK and although there are differences we are very similar cultures and share the same values.

  • NO the royal family holds us together

    Right now the Australian government is in shambles. The Prime Minister has been taken down by her own party and replaced by the person that she took down in the first place. The royal family however offers stability to our nation. Not to mention that the foundations of our country are built from English traditions such as numerous laws that are executed in Australia. The royal family in no way harms our country and it adds and extra dimension to our leadership so why become a republic when they work so well now.

  • Australia and the united kingdom have strong historic and current ties.

    Australia becoming a republic would be disastrous. The special relationship between the united kingdom and Australia would be severely damaged and the huge amount of British tourists visiting Australia would fall dramatically. Great Britain and Australia both fly under the flags of the great Queen Elizabeth II. Every British person you speak to would say they love Australia and if Australia became a republic it would be very very bad for that special friendship. Also, Australia is only what it is today because of the British , if it were not for them Australia would not be the great nation it is today. When people say that they don't want to be ruled by Britain , Australia isn't ruled by the UK, we just share the same great queen. Oh and please stop calling great Britain England, the UK has 4 countries in it, England, Scotland, wales, northern Ireland and all of its territories and crown dependencies, so please call it Britain, UK or Great Britain because its really offensive to the other nations in the UK, thanks. Also, 99% of Australians are of British origin, the recent prime minister Julia Gillard was born in south wales, wales, UK and she moved to Australia when she was young. Please don't let Australia become a republic, it will damage our reputation of being a great nation .LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!

  • Strong and united relations

    ⁃ Hold strong relations with the United Kingdom (a powerful, Rich and influential country). This not only promises for strong military support in most cases but also allows us to utilise them in creating deals with their allies (To all those people who say the USA can protect us they have shafted us when we went to war with Indonesia the first time and when we almost went to war the second time with them as recently as 1999, You can’t trust them). Also this makes it easier to trade with them and travelling and obtaining work in the UK is easier than what many other countries have to go through.

    ⁃ Assists with international relations with other countries as well. This occurs because someone who symbolises/ embodies the country can assist with negotiations without dictating if what the government did was alright. It is going to be hard to build diplomatic bridges if you are the ones who bombed the country previously for example and a monarch can be very useful in assisting in this area.

    ⁃ They also represent the country and politicians at several occasions especially to do with speaking with the average person and opening several sites and speaking with foreign nationals what not. They actually do this almost everyday and this allows other politicians to continue their work.

    ⁃ Without the monarchy the commonwealth might cease to exist as they were largely a part of founding it not to mention still have an on going role in the heads of government meeting between the commonwealth countries. Once again proving that the queen has a large influence and assists with global diplomacy

  • We don't need to become a republic!

    We are fine with our system of government as it is and everyone in our country over 18 has some sort of say weather it be from voting for the prime minister to electing suburb candidates. This is why Australians are fine with our government at this point in time. Our country is an equal country with people that are happy. Our communities are happy and our neighbourhoods are fine. This is why I believe that our society MUST stay democratic.

  • No no no

    We are doing just fine with the queen as our head of state. She has helped us out when our own parliament couldn't decide on what to change for the better of the Australian people. So I vote no to having a president and turning into a republic. Thank you.

  • Australia owes everything it has today to the Crown and the monarchy

    Australia should never become a republic since it is Australia's duty and obligation to protect and serve the crown with great dignity and utmost respect. Australia owes it's democracy and system of government to the British empire and the crown. Australia would have been colonised by the dutch or french if it wasn't for Britain. Britain brought modern infrastructure, Medicine, Technology and a civilised way of life to Australia. Australia is the most democratic country in the world because of Britain and the crown. What type of government would Australia have in the future if we were a republic. A communist state? A national socialist state one, That is influenced by nazi party and governed by neo-nazis? How much power would the head of state for the republic have and would he abuse this power by making life difficult for the public?

  • Why do we need to be a republic?

    We have such a safe country. If we want to become a republic then we might have to go into war. If we become a republic the we might no be part of the commonwealth any more this will lead to not being in the commonwealth games and our currency might change. This will be many expensive changes that Australia cannot afford. This will also start to cause our ties with Great Britain. This could mean if our country needs anything we could only go to america and if we are fighting with america England might not want to help us.

  • No Republic for Australia

    I say we need to get rid of the two party preferred system, What with China buying up farms and water rights I am shore the current Government has not have its best interest in the people of Australia, Being controlled by the United Nations the people are not in favour of this at all a world Government not good, We fought wars with most of the Countrys in the United Nations know they are going to control us not good, I would like it to be none to the people of Australia that I would not be good to become a Republic at all we don't even like the two party prefe