- Head of State debate
- The case for a New Zealand republic
- Defending the monarchy
- The facts
- Constitutional review
- The Treaty of Waitangi
- Commonwealth membership
- Common Cause
Australian election and the republic campaign
Today's TVNZ Q+A featured an interview with Peter FitzSimons, covering the Australian election. On the face of it, the election of Tony Abbott - a vehement monarchist who once led Australians for Constitutional Monarchy - as Australia's prime minister is a potential set back to the campaign for an Australian head of State. FitzSimons makes this point:
I passionately believe Tony Abbott will be the last monarchist Prime Minister the country will ever have, because on the Labor side of things, it’s inconceivable that you will have a monarchist as Prime Minister, as leader. On the Liberal side of things, Tony Abbott is a strong monarchist, but around him you have Malcolm Turnbull, who of course once led the republic movement; Joe Hockey, who’s a passionate republican; and even Christopher Pyne from South Australia, who’s known as a deeply conservative man, he’s a republican. So, you know, I think Tony Abbott is the last one before the tide, and I think after him, the progressives will move forward.
The question is, as with the outgoing ALP government of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. whether or not Malcolm Turnbull, Joe Hockey and Christopher Pyne act on their convictions. It's sure going to be an interesting three years!