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ACM Home arrow Convenor's Column arrow When will the government put a stop to this scandalous waste?

When will the government put a stop to this scandalous waste?
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 16 July 2009

The amount of taxpayer funds which republicans have managed to divert from schools, hospitals, transport, water etc., is never ending.  The amount involved would be millions and millions of dollars. You might have thought the republican politicians would have had the decency to stop this after their landslide 1999 defeat. You would be wrong.

There were five before the referendum. But there have been seven since.  Even the supposedly private Corowa conference was subsidised by the Victorian government.

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And that is not all. Every minute the republican politicians put into this folly on their publicly funded salaries, they have less time to attend to their core functions.  

The republican politicians won’t even tell us what sort of republic and what new flag they have up their sleeves. In fact the republicans want the tax payers to pay to work out the model the republicans are too lazy, or too incompetent or too divided to work out for themselves

So far the taxpayer has paid millions and millions of dollars into this adventure. Add to that the cost of removing Royal Symbols.




...federal exercises to impose a politicians' republic ...





The 12 major votes and inquiries have been: 

  • ·          Republic Advisory Committee, 1993
  • ·          Plebiscite for an Australian Republic Bill, 1997
  • ·          Convention Election, 1997
  • ·          Constitutional Convention, 1998.
  • ·          Referendum, 1999
  • ·          Corowa Conference, 2001
  •            Republic (Consultation of the People) Bill, 2001

  • ·          Senate Inquiry: Road to a Republic Report 2004
  • ·          Plebiscite for an Australian Republic Bill, 2008
  • ·          2020 Summit, 2008
  • ·          Senate Finance and Public Administration Report, 2009
  •            Plebiscite for an Australian Republic Bill, 2010          



Republicans believe Australians have to keep on voting until they get it right. 

In the meantime, they are determined to spend vast and never ending amounts of the taxpayers hard earned funds.

When will the government put a stop to this waste?    

 
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