Upsetting a substantial portion of liberal party faithful when unceremoniously removing Tony Abbott to steal Prime Ministership, Malcolm Turnbull’s second goal to establishing Australia as a republic now would overload his ego driven conquests.
In a public backdown from his republic crusade, Prime Minister Turnbull stated to media;
“Now is not the time for an Australian republic, we must wait until the Queen is no longer on the throne”.
“I’ve led a ‘yes’ case for a republic into a heroic defeat once. I’ve got no desire to do so again”.
When he lost the 1999 referendum, Mr Turnbull said the monarchist PM of the time John Howard had “broken our hearts”.
October 1st 1999 the government issued writs announcing polling day 6 November 1999 for a referendum vote seeking electorate approval;
To alter the Constitution to establish the Commonwealth of Australia as a republic with the Queen and Governor-General being replaced by a President appointed by a two-thirds majority of the members of the Commonwealth Parliament
Not one state voted in favour.
Having established a power base under our current constitution by ignoring that constitution, the two party preferred system of government now wish to rewrite the rules without disclosure and expect your approval to do so.
Section 128 and section 51 of the Constitution specifies that alterations to itself cannot be made without a referendum. A bill containing the amendment must first be passed by both houses of parliament, in certain limited circumstances, by only one house of parliament. If the bill has only been passed in one house, the Governor General, under the ‘deadlock provision’ of section 128, then decide whether or not to submit the referendum to the people. By convention, this is done on the advice of the Prime Minister (who appointed the Governor General). Since the Prime Minister normally controls the House of Representatives, the effect of this convention is to make it virtually impossible for a referendum to be put to the people if approved by the Senate, but not the House.
Interestingly there have been 45 referendums conducted since federation, 7 being carried, 38 not carried indicating a mine field for dictators in parliament with the last referendum being the move to become a republic that was dumped by the people.
Loosing control of their political monopolised media highway of mainstream tabloid, radio and television, the power of Internet information now exposes political spin once accepted as gospel.
The crystal ball of caucus reflects an informed public is no longer comfortable with major parties. This requires damage control to maintain the status-quo duopoly government and the present constitution must go. Welcome the dawning of a well scripted republic constitution by spin doctoring politicians.
From the current coordinated media release of another republic referendum being supported by all states except WA, who are totally content with their untouchable corruption and police state comfort zone. There is no doubt Malcolm Turnbull convened clandestine discussion of a tailored republic echoing concern to the duopoly power base under attack from the flow of party faithful shifting support to alternative government out of their control, cannot establish public support, they do not have the numbers.
Fading public support of Malcolm Turnbull may see the Queen in office well after this Prime Minister has been removed.