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To be or not to be? This seems to be the ques­tion that has re­cently shuf­fled its way back into the nar­ra­tive of our harsh, dry land.

It was not all that long ago that an his­toric ref­er­en­dum m di­vided this coun­try. Back then, 1999 felt very dif­fer­ent nt to the song an­other Prince e had served us. We were headed towards the turn of the cen­tury. A new be­gin­ning as a na­tion. Y2K was loom­ing. Dial-up was king. One had to won­der to one­self, would the monar­chy pre­vail or, as the Pur­ple One sang, would it be party over, oops out of time?

I voted for the re­pub­lic back then. It seemed sen­si­ble. Like grow­ing up and leav­ing home, which I had done that decade. cade. I won­dered how ex­cit­ing it would be if we did the same. me.

Still, de­spite our sup­posed sed de­sire to leave the Wind­sors ors be­hind, we de­cided to give e the Com­mon­wealth an­other her shot, though the re­sult was tight. ht. Cut to 2018 and the re­pub­lic move­ment was back. And gain­ing mo­men­tum. This time it was track­ing bet­ter than ever b be­fore. I was less pas­sion­ate about it as I’d been as a young man. Inst In­stead of a pow­er­ful de­sire to strike o out, I was more in­clined t to think, “Yeah, nah, ye yeah, why not?” Li Lit­tle did Peter Fitz Fitzsi­mons’s redb ban­dana led move­ment know at the time that we w would be at­tacked. In In­fil­trated. Dis­armed to the point of gidd giddy weak­ness. It was the “yoy­als”. They got bet­ter. Younger. Cute Cuter. There was no hope for us. Sure Kate and Wills were nice, but then they brought that lit­tle Ge­orge down her here with his adorable bilb bilby-lov­ing face. Give him a sis­ter? Amaz­ing! Let h her be sassy to the med me­dia at a wed­ding? We want to adopt her. By the time Harry a and his new bride Meghan ar­rived in Aus­tralia last month on their first of­fi­cial tour as a mar­ried cou­ple, I’ll ad­mit it, I was weak. Then they told us they were hav­ing a baby. Viva la Com­mon­wealth!

Now I couldn’t care less about the re­pub­lic. I mean look… it’s Roy­als 2.0. I have to see how this turns out. I want them to be a part of our lives. Don’t you? It works for Canada and they have that cool guy in charge who seems very In­sta­grammable.

Harry for Gov­er­nor- Gen­eral? Sure! Why not? Wills for Min­is­ter of He­li­copters? Go on. Give Meghan her own tele­vi­sion show again? Now we’re cook­ing.

Sorry, Pete. Maybe next time. David co-hosts To­day Ex­tra, 9am week­days, on the Nine Net­work.

“Viva la Com­mon­wealth! It works for Canada and they have that cool guy in charge who seems very In­sta­grammable”

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