February 8

Australia’s Head of State : Index of articles


The only argument republicans make to advance their cause is that "we need an Australian Head of State". There are a large number of articles on this website discussing who is Australia's Head of State and dealing with republican attempts to deny that Australia's Head of State is the Governor General. Her Majesty The Queen is Australia's Sovereign.

On this page we will keep a summary of articles of interest for the convenience of readers. If you wish to point friends or family to this page please give them the following URL:

More links will be added later. This page was last updated on 8th February 2011.


High Court resolves Head of State debate

A report with some quotations on the decision of the High Court in 1907 describing the Governor General as Head of State.


R v Governor of South Australia [1907] HCA 31; (1907) 4 CLR 1497 (8 August 1907)

The full text of the unanimous judgment of the High Court, delivered by Mr Justice Barton (Australia's first Prime Minister). The Governor-General is declared to be "the constitutional head of the commonwealth".


Quadrant: Head of State debate resolved

Further discussion of the decision in R v South Australia with an account of republican attempts to ignore the overwhelming argument that the Governor-General is Australia's Head of State.



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