A republic is back on the Federal parliamentary agenda with parliamentarians signing on to support the newly established bipartisan Parliamentary Friendship Group for an Australian Head of State.
The Group will be co-convened by Labor Senator Katy Gallagher and Liberal Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski MP.
Its membership includes both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
To mark the occasion Falinski, Gallagher and Chair of the Australian Republic Movement Peter FitzSimons, gathered for a media conference in the Mural Hall at Parliament House. (A video of the conference will be available in the membership site).
The establishment of the Group follows Australia Republic Movement (ARM) research in 2016 that found that a majority of parliamentarians in both houses support a republic.
Every state premier and territory chief minister has declared their support.
Recent public polls show the majority of Australians also back the change.
FitzSimons said “we’re united in the view that in the 21st century Australia can do better than find our head of state from a family of English aristocats living in a palace in London.”
“We are an independent country. We are one community. We come together in victory and in grief, in war and in peace, to argue and to make important decisions. We have built one of the most successful nations on the face of this planet, and our Head of State should be one of us” said Mr Falinski.
“The establishment of this group signals that there is a strong bipartisan push from the Federal Parliament to see this important national reform happen” said Senator Gallagher.
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