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Full speed backwards!
Australian monarchists want the Queen to start choosing the Governor-General, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. They want this change because they think it would "weed out" republicans, because republicans must be kept from any and all public offices.
This would be funny if these guys weren't so serious. Unsurprisingly, the petition for the change is being put forward by Professor David Flint of the Australians for Constitutional Monarchy. Oddly Professor Flint has a suggestion for who the next Governor-General should be, yet doesn't want Australians to choose at all.
That is the way forward for the Governor-General's role. They are basically our head of State in all but name - but first, a process to elect the governor-general could be put in place. Regardless of whether you're a republican or monarchist, that would be a good idea. But it would also make the transition to an Australian head of State all the more easier.