Why shouldn't Australia become a republic?

Republic instead of monarchyBrexit as an opportunity for Australia

June, 2016: Great Britain leaves the EU. Brexit was a political earthquake, the shock waves could be felt as far as Australia. Since the British decided to give Europe the cold shoulder, more and more Australians want to turn their backs on their former mother country.

Australia is to become a republic with an Australian head of state. Since Brexit, the republic movement has grown in popularity like never before, membership has increased twenty-fold. The head of the Australian Republicans, who thinks journalist and author Peter Fitzsimons: The Queen has done her duty, the Queen can go:

"The monarchy was fine as long as we were a British colony or a fledgling federation - but we are in the 21st century, we can do it alone. Australia is egalitarian, multicultural and secular, but our head of state can only be someone from the elite, British Be the royal family sitting there by the grace of God? It is time for this nonsense to end. "

51 percent of Australians are for republic

According to surveys, 51 percent of the population want Australia to become a republic - 38 percent are against it. The leader of the monarchists is 69-year-old law professor David Flint. Although raised in Australia, his English accent is as thick as the London fog. Flint's critics claim he was born wrapped in a Union Jack. Brexit was a shock for Australia's monarchists, but for David Flint an Australian republic is unthinkable, because what is not broken does not need to be repaired:

"Of the seven oldest democracies in the world, five are constitutional monarchies - and four of them have the Queen of England as their head of state. It may sound strange to many, but a constitutional monarchy is as sophisticated as it is well-established. It works well."

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is in a bind. Eighteen years ago, before going into politics, Turnbull was at the forefront of the Australian Republic movement. The referendum failed 60 to 40 percent at the time - not because the Australians were against a republic, they just couldn't agree on the best way to appoint their own head of state.

Today Malcolm Turnbull is Prime Minister. But as the leader of the Liberals, a conservative party full of loyal monarchists, beating the drum for a Republic of Australia would be political suicide:

"The discussion about whether Australia should become a republic must not be led by a politician, but by a movement supported by the people - as in the last referendum. The next referendum should take place at the earliest when the Queen is no longer in office."

Labor opposition leader calls for referendum

But why wait for the Queen's abdication or death? Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten has promised if he wins the next election that he will have a referendum in the first term of office on whether Australia should become a republic or not:

"A simple" aes "or" no "question to the Australian people. Do you support an Australian republic with an Australian head of state? Yes or no?"

The English royal family has always put British interests before those of Australia - politically, economically or even just in rugby. And even if the local gossip press can't get enough of Prince William, Kate and the Royal Babies: Australia and the Queen are like a married couple that has grown apart over the years.

"Embarrassing to have a foreign head of state"

It is high time for a palace revolution, especially for young and new immigrant Australians:

"It's embarrassing to have a foreign head of state," say two students in Sydney, "we should finally become independent".

"The royal family just doesn't have a place here anymore. We're Australians, not English."

One kingdom for one republic. Brexit is not only a new beginning and a new beginning for the British, but also Australia's chance to grow up. The majority of Australians wouldn’t mind if Great Britain's Australian point fell out of the crown forever. "God save the queen" was yesterday. One finally wants to be responsible for oneself, also constitutionally. And better today than tomorrow.