THE REPUBLIC DEBATE By: Carlie , Clara and Larissa 9D
What is the republic debate?
Australia has a system of government called a constitutional monarchy. This means that the Queen is technically the head of state, but we have our own constitution which limits her power to a minimal and ceremonial role. Within Australia, the Queen is represented by the governor general, who is appointed by the prime minister.
What republic does Australia want to be?
They want to become independent and have democratic freedom,have their own president of the country.
What is a Monarchy?
A form of government that is ruled by the royal family.
Will a republic make Australia more democratic?
Yes: Australia should perfect its democracy by becoming a republic. The only question regards whether people think it is a problem that Australia's process for selecting its head of state is undemocratic.
Is a republic important to Australian independence from Britain?:
No, Australians can vote to exit the commonwealth, but have chosen to remain. Australians have chosen to remain within the commonwealth. Therefore, they have not been denied independence in any way.
Is a republic more functional? Or does the monarchy "work just fine"?
That Australia's monarchy works does not make it democratic nor right. When something is wrong, it matters not that it works; it must be changed.
Will a republic make Australia more democratic? Is this important?
This is about Republican elitist politicians wanting to increase their power by eliminating checks on them from the monarchy.
Would a republic help stabilize Australian politics or is it the reverse?
Many Australians distrust the Australian political classes and believe the provision of executive powers to a local politician would result in an undesirably partisan head of state, and subsequent instability.