Paul Keating's Republicanism In Australia

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Republicanism- Paul Keating Republicanism in Australia dates back to the 1870’s. The Federation of Australia in 1901 although did not make Australia a republic but gave Australia independence from Britain. In the 1930’s the Statute of Westminster 1931 established legislative equality between Australia and the United Kingdom. The issue was first introduced to parliament by Bob Hawke however, it was not until 1991 that Paul Keating became the Prime Minister of Australia and his support for the republic was widely known. Republicanism played pivotal role in Australia's post-war period showing that we are becoming an independent nation and emphasized the doubts Australians had about the monarchy's role in Australia. It was February 1992 when…show more content…
This movement aimed to replace the Queen as head of the Australian state with an Australian ‘president’ by the year 2001. In 1993 Keating formed the Republic Advisory Committee (RAC) to investigate the changes needed to be made for a republic Australia. In October of that year, the RAC issued its report ‘An Australian Republic’ which stated “a republic is achievable without threatening Australia's cherished democratic institutions”. In the wake of the report Keating proposed a referendum on the republic, on the question of replacing the governor-general with a president. The president was to be nominated by the prime minister and appointed by a two-thirds majority in a joint sitting of the Senate and House of Representatives. In 1995, Keating addressed the House of Representatives and using the report issued by the Republic Advisory Committee, 'An Australian Republic', he stated that Australia becoming a republic was inevitable. For those who did not believe in this movement he stated, “The creation of an Australian republic is not an act of rejection. It is one of recognition: in making the change we will recognize that our deepest respect is for our Australian heritage, our deepest affection is for Australia, and our deepest responsibility is to Australia's…show more content…
Many saw that the monarchy was unsuitable for Australia as they lived in a distant country. Numerous Australians also saw that the Queen of England was being less relevant to the Aboriginals, Middle Eastern or Asian Australians. Several Australians had doubt over the control which the monarchy should have over the decisions made in Australia. The monarchy were not living in Australia and barely spend any time in the country, so many Australians saw that the monarchy should have little or no say in what happens in the country. Majority of Australians saw that they should have an Australian as Head of State instead of a British who knew nothing about the land. The issue of republicanism showed the Government the many concerns and doubts that the public had about the monarchy in the post-war period. Republicanism played an immensely influential role in Australia’s post war period. Keating led and continues leading Australia’s struggle towards a republic Australia. It was because of Keating that many Australians today believe in a future republic Australia and the debate will

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