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.

 

Yes Yes Yes No
McGarvie

    • Minimalist
    • Swap GG for President
Turnbull

      • President appointed by 2/3 of parliament
      • Pros: apolitical, president would be supported by all parties

 

Phil Cleary

    • Direct election
    • Neg: the Exec should be independent, above politics, but an election would ruin that
Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy

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.

 

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