1999 Republic Referendum
A proposed law: to alter the Constitution to establish the Commonwealth of Australia as a republic with the Queen and Governor-General being replaced by a President appointed by a two-thirds majority of the members of the Commonwealth Parliament.
A majority in no State and an total of 55% against, 45% for.
1983-91 – Hawke, Keating as Treasurer
1991 – Keating takes over
Keating is a very vocal republican (he was a senior adviser in the Whitlam Government, ‘maintain the rage’.
He pushed very strongly for a republican referendum
In 1996, Howard promised to hold a referendum on the issue, although he was a monarchist, since he would have lost many votes if he stopped it. He capitalised on the division in the republican side on how to appoint the president.
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Phil Cleary was so against the Parliament choosing the president that he campaigned for the No side.
Their main argument played on the public’s distrust of politicians.