Repub­li­can cause gains trac­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

SINCE Mal­colm Turn­bull be­came Aus­tralia’s Prime Min­is­ter, mem­ber­ship in the Aus­tralian Repub­lic Move­ment (ARM) has nearly dou­bled.

Mr Turn­bull was a found­ing mem­ber and chair of the or­gan­i­sa­tion in 1993. Be­com­ing a repub­lic would mean Aus­tralia could have its own head of state but still be part of the Com­mon­wealth.

El­iz­a­beth Bor­rello, con­vener of the WA branch, said there were strong ar­gu­ments to have an Aus­tralian head of state.

“The di­verse eth­nic make-up of Aus­tralia’s pop­u­la­tion to­day re­flects that the av­er­age Aus­tralian is of less Bri­tish her­itage and as hav­ing al­most no eth­nic or cul­tural ties to Eng­land,” she said.

“It can also be ar­gued Aus­tralia has moved away from Bri­tain po­lit­i­cally and cul­tur­ally.”

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