Let the people decide ...but I shall decide on which questions
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Under the heading, It's a very simple thing. Let the people decide as long as I decide when they get to decide, The Australian's Cut & Paste column (21-22/6) sees some contradictions among the  republican politicians about plebiscites.

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Let the people decide. Bob Brown, ABC's 7.30, January 21, 2010:

LET Australians have a say now. It's a very simple thing, a plebiscite, indicative, it doesn't lock governments in, but says, "yes" or "no", to the prospects of Australia becoming a republic.

Or maybe not. Bob Brown on Radio National Breakfast yesterday:

TONY Abbott's call for a plebiscite on a carbon price - is that a good idea? 

Brown: No . . . It's a waste of public money for an indicative plebiscite, which would be binding on no one.

Plebiscite on a carbon tax? Constitutional law expert George Williams in Melbourne newspaper The Age yesterday:

Whatever its political merits, the plebiscite is a bad idea.

Williams in The Weekend Australian, April 19, 2008:

The next step should be a plebiscite held with the next federal election to ask Australians whether they want a republic.