November 13

Why do republicans exaggerate?


Why do republicans exaggerate?   We have just sent this letter to the Sun Herald:

13 November 2011

Dear Editor,

 In his column (13/11) Peter Fitzsimons makes the statement “ is it is also a known fact that broadly half of Australians want a republic.”


This is not so. 


According to a detailed survey prepared by Roy Morgan Research, support for a vague  undefined republic is around one third, not one half . Support among the young is lower than in the general population: see


Mr. Fitzsimons should also be aware that voting in a referendum is invariably lower than polling would indicate.

He complains about $5000 being spent on the Diamond Jubilee – about half a billion has been spent so far in trying to foist his politicians' republic on a reluctant nation.




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