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The only serious argument republicans make to advance their cause is that "we need an Australian as Head of State".

It was argued nine times in the official Yes case sent to all electors in the 1999 referendum. Malcolm Turnbull told the Parliamentary Committee investigating the referendum bill that replacing The Queen with an Australian citizen as Head of State was the most important part of the change.

There is overwhelming evidence that the Governor-General is Head of State. We have posted a large number of articles on this website dealing with this question,  including republican attempts to deny that the Governor General is Head of State.

If you wish to point friends or family to this section, they can  click on the icon "Head of State" in the left hand column of our frontpage at www.norepublic.com.au

A selection of our reports and videos follow. The most relevant outside links are:

   
  • Quadrant: Head of State debate resolved  Further discussion of the decision in R v South Australia with an account of republican attempts to ignore the overwhelming argument that the Governor-General is Australia's Head of State.
 

 

 



Governor-General is Head of State: General Cosgrove Print E-mail
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Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 29 June 2006

Head of State
Governor-General Michael Jeffery, Head of State
According to The Australian of 27 June , 2006, the former defence force chief General Peter Cosgrove has declared that the Governor-General is the Head of State. He said he strongly supported appointing a woman as Australia's next Head of State, and that he had no interest in the position. 

"I think the office of governor-general or president or whatever it becomes in the future is enormously pivotal in our form of democracy." "And I believe that, really, if the next governor-general or president is not a woman, hold a royal commission." On the latter, an  editorial  in the Herald Sun of 29 June, 2006, observed: “…gender should not play a role in who gets the top constitutional job -- the nation deserves the best available man or woman.”

 

 

 
Dispelling the myths:The Head of State...concluded Print E-mail
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Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 11 April 2006
 I recently mentioned the fact that News Weekly, (whose publishing arm, Freedom Publishing, has published two of my books) recently published my review of Sir David’s Smith’s book, Head of State: the Governor-General, the Monarchy, the Republic and the Dismissal, published by Macleay Press.

There have been surprisingly few reviews and the book is not featured in most bookshops as so many books on political matters are. (The book is available from ACM) The review was published News Weekly in the 18 February, 2006 edition, No.275. The text of the review follows:

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Dispelling the myths:the Head of State Print E-mail
Head of State
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Friday, 10 March 2006
 

There have been surprisingly few reviews of the book, Head of State: the Governor-General, the Monarchy, the Republic and the Dismissal written by Sir David Smith and published by. Macleay Press.

The book is not featured in most bookshops as so many books on political matters are.

And yet, there has long been a strong media interest in the subject of this book.

This rises every year on the anniversary of the dismissal of the Whitlam government, culminating in the 30th anniversary in 2005, the time when this book was launched.

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Not lying awake at night wondering who their Head of State is Print E-mail
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Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 25 January 2006
" Australians are not lying awake at night wondering who their head of state is" 

Nick Squires in the London Daily Telegraph, 19 January, 2006, http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/01/19/waust19.xml

 quotes me saying this in “Republicans want 'a mate' to become Australia's head of state”

In the report Anne Henderson, “co-founder of a policy think tank, the Sydney Institute,” and deputy chairman of the republican movement, admitted that the campaign ". may be trivialising the idea to an educated person in Sydney or Melbourne but most people find the constitutional nitty gritty very hard to understand.”

The report say republicans concede that the debate has foundered in recent years, in large part because the prime minister, John Howard, is an avowed monarchist.

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The Dismissal, The Head of State and the Definitive Book Print E-mail
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Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Friday, 11 November 2005

The central element of Remembrance Day ceremonies is the one minute silence.

According to the official website, Melbourne journalist, Edward George Honey, first proposed a period of silence for national remembrance in a letter published in the London Evening News on 8 May 1919.

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