|Abandon plebiscite, or republic could be finished - leading republican|
|Written by Professor David Flint AM|
|Tuesday, 06 March 2012|
Significant divisions are appearing within the republican movement. An old hand, one who served on the Keating Turnbull Republic Advisory Committee – Dr. John Hirst - has now called for an end to the movement’s curious twelve year old policy of not having a policy.
There was one exception and that was during the 1998 constitutional convention election campaign. The ARM said they might accept direct election. Once the election was over, their minds quickly closed against direct election.
Delivering their last annual lecture, Dr. Hirst told the republican movement that their current policy is not only unwise, it is based on one of the great enemies of republicanism.
The policy, he says, is this: “To achieve the republic, we are going to consult the citizens by plebiscite on whether they want one; then by another plebiscite establish what sort of republic they want; and some schemes include a third plebiscite to discover what the head of state should be called. “
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