Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2022. 12:16 pm CST.
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By Aaron Humes: The Daily Express (UK) reports that the anti-monarchy organization Republic has backed the new Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese of the Labor Party, to remove the Queen as its head of state.
Posting on its official Twitter account, it said: “Excellent to see pro-republic Anthony Albanese becoming Australia’s PM. Won’t be a referendum just yet as they’re rightly committed to first recognizing aboriginal people as the original Australians in the constitution. But a republic will happen.”
Labor leads the Liberal-National Coalition by 73 seats to 51 per the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, with several other seats tipped their way. Its party manifesto did not include any plans for a referendum on republicanism, but Albanese has long supported the Republican movement; in 2018, he said the country should hold a national vote on becoming a Republic.
The party is committed to holding a referendum to create an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, which would allow First Nations people a say on policies and laws affecting their communities. At the last election, Labor set aside $160 million for an advisory plebiscite to determine support for a republic, before a referendum on the issue.
Speaking about the two issues, a spokesperson for the party said: “Constitutional recognition and a Voice to Parliament for First Nations people remain Labor’s constitutional reform priority and at this stage, this is the only referendum we are committed to in our first term of government.”
The tide of republicanism among Commonwealth realms appears to continue to rise; following Barbados’s move in November last year to replace the Queen with an elected president, a series of royal visits to other Caribbean countries this year saw signals from those countries’ governments, including Belize and Jamaica, that there will be moves toward them becoming a republic.
Australia’s last vote on becoming a republic in 1999 ended with the monarchy staying by a healthy margin.
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