June 14

Why republican politicans have put off a referendum


The Foreign Minister, Mr Kevin Rudd, has told the BBC in London that while The Queen is always very welcome in Australia, the government is committed to making Australia a republic.

"We've not stipulated a timeline for doing that. We are sensitive to the other priorities we've got as a nation and in the world, but in time the country will head in that direction,” he added.

Mr. Rudd’s explanation of the government’s decision to put off any action on a republic during this reign is somewhat disingenuous.

It is not about stipulating a timeline. The reason is that the Prime Minister knows – as does Mr Turnbull – that polling  trends have indicated for years that not only is a referendum on any republican model doomed to an even greater loss than in 1999. 

So is a plebiscite, no matter how well it has crafted by the highest paid spin doctors the politicians can find.   In other words the Australian people are not interested in a politicians’ republic.  


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