I understand discussions around the possibility of an Australian republic divide many. Those who support the continuation of a constitutional monarchy argue that the debate is fundamentally about having an Australian head of state.
As a proud republican, I am excited by this prospect. I believe there are other important reasons why this country should become a republic. Australia is an independent country with distinct values, ideals and aspirations. In essence, I believe that a hereditary monarchy is inconsistent with a modern, multicultural Australia built on the principles of fairness and opportunity.
The Australian Labor Party supports an Australian Republic as stated in our policy platform. I am proud of this and our policy platform sets out a considered, comprehensive plan to transition to a republic.
It’s time our system of government reflects modern Australia.