The Courier-Mail

Republic proponents ignore many models and huge cost of change

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IT’S concerning to hear so many prominent politician­s and others calling for Australia to become a republic when they haven’t mentioned what sort of republic they want.

Do they want an American type where the president is elected regardless of which political party has a majority and how much money he can drum up? Or do they want one where the country is run by a prime minister and the presi- dent is similar to the governorge­neral we currently have? Then there are the so-called “democratic republics” such as North Korea.

It would help if they stopped squawking “republic”•like trained parrots and came clean. And while they’re at it, put up a case for spending hundreds millions of dollars to scrap a system of government that already works well. I REFER to Brian Roche’s comment on drug habits (Letters, Aug 28). I can speak from experience when I say the pathway to heavier drugs may well be marijuana, but the pathway to marijuana is invariably alcohol. Having a society that regards alcohol as a rite of passage doesn’t help either. Roche’s flippancy regarding alcohol abuse is absurd when you consider the horrendous damage this drug wreaks in our society. Alcohol may be as old as time, but so are poppy seeds.

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