Peter FitzSimons declares ‘it’s time’ for Australia to become a republic NOW — just a day after Queen’s Aussie memorial — and his ‘Charles’ reason for why the country simply can’t wait
- Peter FitzSimons has wasted no time in calling for a national republic debate
- Australian Republic Movement began campaigning after Thursday’s memorial
- ARM said rule by birthright ‘has no place in a democratic, egalitarian Australia’
- Politicians have joined the ARM in calling for talks on an Australian republic
- The Queen’s funeral: All the latest Royal Family news and coverage
The Australian Republic Movement has relaunched its campaign following the Queen’s funeral and the national memorial service for the late monarch.
In a statement on Friday, signed off by the movement’s chair Peter FitzSimons, the ARM said ‘just as King Charles III has not delayed for a moment in resuming his duties, we submit that Australia should not delay the discussion about 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 literally born-to-rule English sovereign, has no place in a democratic, egalitarian Australia,’ he said on Friday.
‘The notion is as foreign to Australian values as the monarchy itself. Nor should anyone be forced to pledge allegiance to a foreign king or head of state.’
Federal parliamentarians have allocated Friday for both chambers to offer condolences to the late Queen and pay tribute to King Charles III.
Peter FitzSimons wasted no time in calling for Australia to become a republic following the Queen’s death, and in a new campaign said now is the time to reopen the discussion
‘King Charles III has not delayed for a moment in resuming his duties, we submit that Australia should not delay the discussion about its future under the monarchy any longer. It’s time,’ said FitzSimons (Pictured: King Charles III during the Queen’s State Funeral)
But some have used their speeches to weigh in on the republic debate.
Greens leader Adam Bandt said the death of the Queen and the accession of King Charles III should lead to talks on changing the system of government.
‘Now we have a king. We did not elect this man. Nor did we as a people truly consent to be governed by him. We have, respectfully, unfinished business,’ he told parliament.
Anthony Albanese (pictured with King Charles III in Buckingham Palace, London) has so far met republican discussions with reticence following the death of Queen Elizabeth II
‘The head of state of this country should be chosen by the people, for the people and from the people.
‘We should respect the civility with which Elizabeth Windsor oversaw the drawdown of what was once the British Empire and take the cue to grow up and move out.’
Mr Bandt said people could offer condolences about the monarch and have conversations about whether a constitutional monarchy was right for Australia.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young expressed her condolences to the royal family, but said now was the time to move forward with an Australian head of state.
‘King Charles III is not our choice. The Australian people didn’t get to choose and we should have,’ she told the Senate.
‘Our head of state should be one of us, an Australian.’