Professor Greg Craven, a leading constitutional lawyer, conservative republican and Vice Chancellor of The Australian Catholic University concedes that achieving a republic is “almost impossible,” at least over the next two decades.
Why it would change after two decades is not clear. He was appearing on 1 July 2009 on The Morning Interview with the Margaret Throsby on ABC Classic FM. (The programme will be accessible on the ABC site from 1.30 pm on 1 July and kept there for a short period; follow the link above.)
The chances he said had receded since 1999. I agree with that. In reply to Margaret Throsby, he confirmed that his opinion would not change were the reign to end.
Another glass of champagne?