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Australia could secede from the monarchy and become a republic if the queen dies.
On Monday, Albanian Prime Minister Anthony surprised Australia by naming Matt Thistlethwaite ‘Assistant Minister of the Republic’.
Mr Albanian previously spoke of Australia becoming a republic and has said the change was “inevitable”, but he did not express his views on the issue during his six-week election campaign.
Thistlethwaite said in a series of interviews on Thursday that the Queen’s death would be an opportune time to move towards a republic.
“Do we want King Charles or are we mature enough or independent enough to appoint one of us as head of state,” he told Sky News.
In a subsequent interview with ABC radio, Mr Thistlethwaite said: ‘As the Queen comes into the twilight of her reign, we have to respect her for the amazing work she has done, but I think Australians are starting to think about what’s next. next comes for our nation.’
Labor MP Matt Thistlethwaite has revealed plans to separate Australia from the monarchy and appoint a head of state for the country after the Queen’s reign
Mr Thistlethwaite (left with Governor General David Hurley) was recently sworn in as Assistant Minister of the Republic after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese selected him to take on the unusual portfolio, details of which have remained unclear
“It’s time for us to start the serious conversation again… and look for one of us as our head of state, to recognize that independence and maturity in the future.”
The Assistant Minister of the Republic looks set to make a bold move once the Queen’s reign comes to an end.
But to implement the change to a republic, the government would have to call a public referendum so that Australians can vote on the change.
If a majority of Australians, both nationally and in a majority of states, support the move, the constitution could be amended.
Mr Albanian’s move to appoint an assistant minister for the republic has been welcomed by the Australian Republic Movement, which is campaigning for an Australian head of state.
But others called the decision “sad and reckless.”
The prime minister has previously spoken of Australia becoming a republic and has said the change is “inevitable” but has not expressed his views on the issue during his six-week election campaign
The Assistant Minister of the Republic looks set to make a bold move once the Queen’s reign comes to an end. (Pictured with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh)
‘WE ARE ON THE WAY!’ tweeted prominent Republican and author Peter FitzSimons.
“Let the record show that for the first time in Commonwealth history, Australia has a member of government who is particularly dedicated to removing the crown and helping Australia become a republic,” he added.
FitzSimons said the disclosure is the “best news” for the ARM in a quarter of a century.
The Australian Head of State should live here, be a proud Australian and be able to unite our nation in times of celebration or crisis – something the King or Queen of the United Kingdom could never do or be – and this appointment will help make this a reality,” he said.
Over the years, both Labor and Liberal politicians have at times lent their support to Australia becoming a republic.
Australians were given the choice to secede from the Commonwealth in 1999, but 55 percent voted against the referendum.
But the ARM believes support has increased since then and 73 percent of the population is now in favor of the change.
Determined monarchists have criticized the timing of Mr Albanian’s appointment.
Queen Elizabeth II is photographed being greeted by admiring subjects during a visit to Australia in 1981
Nile Gardiner, former assistant to Margaret Thatcher, tweeted: ‘A sad and reckless move by Australia’s new left-wing government. Sends a totally wrong message.’
Jack Barton, of the University of Queensland’s Monarchists League, called it a slap in the face to those loyal to Queen Elizabeth Down Under.
“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous, it’s come at the worst possible time with an utter disrespect for the Queen and the Crown.
“Labor has disdain for all people in Australia who want to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.”
In another shake-up, Mr Albanian has promised a referendum to give Aboriginal people an institutional role in policy making that would be amended in the constitution.