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Support for republic collapses Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 04 September 2008

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[Haka for Their Queen]

 

Support for a republic has collapsed, according to an opinion poll commissioned for a major television station in New Zealand.

Support for a republic has fallen to 28% from 33% six years ago according to a TV ONE News Colmar Brunton poll published on 23 June 2008.

This had escaped my notice until a visiting English colleague drew my attention to it.

Support for the constitutional monarchy has risen from 58% to 66%.

Those drafting the proposed plebiscite in Australia should note one difference between the two polls. The recent one refers to the retention of The Queen of New Zealand as Head of State, which refers to a constitutional difference between Australia and New Zealand.

As in Australia, a number of prominent New Zealand politicians, former politicians and similar elites  want to remove the New Zealand Crown from their constitutional system. 



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[NZ members of the Royal Family]




...meanwhile, in Australia....




Over the same period there has been a significant fall in support for some vague republic in Australia. 

This has been at its most pronounced among our youth, as we have previously reported here.  (“Collapse! Young Australians kill off republic,” 8 May 2008)

It was surprising then to read in the republican newspaper The Age ( “Study shows young Aussies not apathetic,” 27 August, 2008) that research by the Whitlam Institute at the University of Western Sydney has found young people are “strongly engaged with political issues and social causes such as the environment, poverty, health and an Australian republic.”

Being “strongly engaged” with a vague undefined  Australian republic, means either the respondent strongly supported aome vague undefined drepublic or opposed it.

When no details are given, it is hard to say how anyone could express an opinion.

 

But this was not some new poll, it was a “literature review” of research for a project “Young People Imagining a New Democracy.”


The review was of international and Australian research into how young people engage in political life.

    

 

 
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