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