Currently, Australia’s head of state is inherited from overseas and is determined by birth rather than merit. But with all three federal political leaders in favour of a republic, and with the state and territory leaders declaring their support, there’s more momentum for a republic than ever before.
A confident Australia does not need to cling to the reigning British monarch as our head of state or wait for the Queen to depart before finally embracing a republic. Australian children born today should have the opportunity to hold this position in the future.
What's the hold-up?
Malcolm Turnbull is currently beholden to the monarchists within his party who support the status quo and has — to date — shied away from articulating a timetable for Australia becoming a republic.
He was the head of the Australian Republican Movement before becoming Prime Minister, so it’s time for him to show leadership on the issue, rather than just abolishing knights and dames.
The last thing we need is a leader who believes one thing and does another — or worse, lacks the courage to do anything at all. The Greens have a vision to move Australia towards a republic that Australians can be proud of.