Poll king hits republic: call for Flag change
Written by Professor David Flint AM
Wednesday, 01 September 2010
Under the heading “THEY SAID” the Sun Herald (29/8) splashed the following comments with photographs alongside the report on the poll which shows more Australians are now opposed than support an undefined vague republic.
In particular, Greens Leader Dr. Bob Brown, now the leading republican in Parliament, confirms that flag change is also on the republican agenda. This was just before National Flag Day to be celebrated on 3 September.
PATRICK McGORRY Australian of the YearBOB BROWN Greens leader
"Australia's adolescence has lasted more than 100 years … It is time for Australia to pass the test of maturity and emerge from its prolonged adolescence into the full flower of independent adulthood as the republic of Australia.'
'JULIA GILLARD Prime Minister
''The appropriate time to be a republic is when we see the monarch change. Obviously, I'm hoping for Queen Elizabeth that she lives a long and happy life, and having watched her mother I think there's every chance she will.''
TONY ABBOTT Opposition Leader
''I think that our existing constitutional arrangements have worked well in the past. I see no reason whatsoever why they can't continue to work well in the future.''
[ Tony Abbott at Oxford Universty ]
''It is high time we replaced the Union Jack with a dinkum Australian symbol on our flag. There can be no reason to delay at least holding a plebiscite on whether or not Australia wants to become a republic.''
[ The Boxers: Staatliche Antikensammlungen ]
MALCOLM TURNBULL Former leader of republic movement
''The best prospect and time for debate is probably after the end of the Queen's reign. This is recognising how hard it is to change the constitution. To have it amended you need almost no opposition.''
DAVID FLINT Australians for Constitutional Monarchy
''We are one of the world's oldest and stable democracies, and we have a constitution which has been extraordinarily and unusually successful.''
JOHN WARHURST Deputy chairman Australian Republican Movement''Even if we believe we should wait until the Queen dies, we should be making preparations beforehand because this is a process that will take several years at least.''