Peter FitzSimons explains ‘it’s time’ for Australia to become a republic NOW – just a day after the Queen’s Aussie memorial – and his ‘Charles’ reason why the country just can’t wait
- Peter FitzSimons wasted no time in calling for a debate on the national republic
- The Australian Republic Movement began campaigning after Thursday’s commemoration
- ARM said rule by birthright has ‘no place in a democratic, egalitarian Australia’
- Politicians have joined the ARM to call for talks on an Australian republic
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The Australian Republic Movement has restarted its campaign following the Queen’s funeral and national memorial service for the late monarch.
In a statement on Friday, signed by the movement’s leader, Peter FitzSimons, the ARM said: “Just like King Charles III. has not hesitated a moment to resume his duties, we demand that Australia should not delay discussing its future under the monarchy any longer. It’s time.’
FitzSimons said the country should no longer delay talks about moving away from the monarchy.
“Rule by birthright, a literal born English sovereign, has no place in a democratic, egalitarian Australia,” he said on Friday.
‘That notion is as foreign to Australian values as the monarchy itself. Nor should anyone be forced to swear allegiance to a foreign king or head of state.’
The Bundestag deputies have reserved Friday for both chambers to express their condolences to the late Queen and King Charles III. to pay tribute.
Peter FitzSimons wasted no time in calling for Australia to become a republic after the Queen’s death and said in a new campaign that now was the time to start the discussion again
“King Charles III. did not hesitate for a moment to resume his duties. We propose that Australia should delay no longer in discussing its future under the monarchy. It’s time,” said FitzSimons (pictured: King Charles III during the Queen’s state funeral)
But some have used their speeches to meddle in the republic debate.
Green Party leader Adam Bandt said the death of the Queen and the accession of King Charles III. should lead to talks about changing the system of government.
“Now we have a king. We didn’t choose this man. Nor have we as a people truly consented to be ruled by him. We respectfully have work to do,” he told Parliament.
Anthony Albanese (pictured with King Charles III at Buckingham Palace, London) has so far been reticent about Republican discussions following the death of Queen Elizabeth II
“The head of state of this country should be elected by the people, for the people and by the people.
“We should respect the courtesy with which Elizabeth Windsor oversaw the decline of the former British Empire and take the cue to grow up and move out.”
Mr Bandt said people could offer their condolences to the monarch and hold talks on whether a constitutional monarchy was right for Australia.
Green Party Senator Sarah Hanson-Young sent her condolences to the royal family but said now is the time to move forward with an Australian head of state.
“King Charles III. is not our choice. The Australian people couldn’t make up their minds and we should have,” she told the Senate.
“Our head of state should be one of us, an Australian.”
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