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Republicans first rapturously applaud John Howard...then turn on him Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 December 2010

Australia's republicans rapturously applauded John Howard in 1998.

This was when he announced that the model preferred by the overwhelming majority of republican delegates at the 1998 Constitutional Convention should be put to the people.  

But when this was defeated in a landslide vote nationally, in all states and 72% of electorates, the republicans turne don him, blaming him for their loss.

Their leader Malcolm Turnbull said that if he were remembered for anything it would be as "the man who broke the heart of the nation."



...John Howard blamed for their failure...



John Howard was blamed for the form of the question, although this was approved  by a Parliament overwehelmingly dominated by ....republicans.

Earlier the republican movement had proposed two words be removed from the question: "president" and...."republic."  Even the republican media ridicule this proposal and it is withdrawn.

Apart from complaining about John Howard, since 1999, the republicans have refused to reveal to the Australian people what changes they are proposing to the Constitution and the Australian Flag. 

Instead they have announced a series of stunts such as the "Mate for a Head of State" campaign. In addition they propose a process whereby the taxpayers will fund the design of some variation of a politicians' republic.

 

 

 

 
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