Shorten’s repub­lic

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

BILL Shorten plans to have a plebiscite to as­cer­tain pub­lic opin­ion whether or not Aus­tralia be­comes a repub­lic, if Bill be­comes PM af­ter the next elec­tion.

Shorten’s pro­posal might get ap­proval from a ma­jor­ity of peo­ple and states. We all need to be con­cerned about this. We are al­ready a di­vided na­tion; a plebiscite could fur­ther di­vide us, just as the Brexit con­tro­versy has di­vided the UK, along the lines of an ide­o­log­i­cal war. Repub­li­cans will split over the style of repub­lic: a pres­i­dent voted by two-thirds ma­jor­ity of Par­lia­ment or di­rectly by the peo­ple.

A Shorten-led Aus­tralia could see us di­vided in many ways.

Let’s hope the Shorten cab­i­net will con­tain many sane and steady minds as he pro­poses to take Aus­tralia into un­charted wa­ters. — Jay Nauss

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