Reblogging because it’s a conversation we need to have.
Perceptions are always important in politics. In fact, sometimes perceptions are more important than reality. As a previous article on this site explained, one of the major political problems with the model put forward for an Australian republic in 1999 was that it sought to give the federal parliament the power to appoint the Head of State. That proposal played right into the hands of those who were orchestrating the campaign against a republic. It enabled the monarchists to launch one of the greatest scare campaigns in the history of Australian politics. It allowed them to create the lie of the ‘politician’s republic’. The monarchists continue to disseminate this lie to this day. The great irony here however is that the monarchists have been able to distract most observers from realising that Australia is in fact a ‘politician’s monarchy’.
It is clear that the Australian people will never accept any…
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