Shorten has royals on notice
THE man favoured to be Australia’s next prime minister has reignited the republic debate, saying the royals were “lovely people”, but he did not believe they should be in charge of our country.
Fresh on the heels of Harry and Meghan’s visit, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Australians were “open to the case being made” for a republic. He committed a future Labor Government to a plebiscite which would pose the question – “Do you support an Australian republic with an Australian head of state?”
“They [royals] are lovely people. I met them [Harry and Meghan]. I liked them. I like Charles. I like lots of people from overseas. I like the Pope. It doesn’t mean I want the Pope to be in charge [of Australia],’’ he said.
“230 years after European settlement of Australia, I think the rest of the world needs to see that Australians are comfortable in their own skin.
“Having an Australian head of state says to people in our region and the rest of the world that there is a distinct, Australian identity.
“We no longer need to borrow someone else’s King or Queen. I think Australians are open to the case being made,” Mr Shorten said.