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Australian Republic Speech

October 13, 2019


Senator Storer Thank You chair I rise to speak to this motion This motion ask the Senate to express our loyalty to our most gracious Sovereign, as a passionate advocate for Australia becoming a republic that section of the motion gives me pause for thought it is the same cause I had when on entering this chamber, I was required to swear an oath of allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ii her heirs and successors according to law I Except that this motion follows well established Convention and as such will not be moving in a minute or opposing it I will however take this opportunity to reflect on the disappointment. I feel that in 2018 we do not make these as statements to an Australian head of state As I noted in my first speech it is ironic and telling that to be a member of this chamber You cannot hold British citizenship yet, but you must be British to be our head of state Why should we have lower standards for our head of state than we set for our parliamentarians? for me a homegrown Australian head of state is essential in a nation which defines itself as self determining It is the logical next step for us to take is a proud and independent nation our head of state should be a patriotic democratic person who embodies service to our country and its people Our head of state should be an australian chosen by australians not a foreign monarch who inherits the job It is fundamentally unfair Undemocratic and undignified for Australia’s democracy to be subject to a foreign monarchy I also believe it is an important step towards more meaningful reconciliation with our First Nations people I Have been actively involved in advocating an Australian Republic for over a quarter of a century Highlight of my life is maxed. Others was organizing a Republican referendum lunch with speakers being former prime minister Whitlam and now former Prime Minister Turnbull as we round on the 20th 20-year anniversary of the 1999 referendum it is time to once again for this important question to the Australian people. I Believe as does the Australian Republic movement that in 2020 Australians should be asked two simple questions in the national vote Do you want Australia to have an Australian as our head of state? How do you want Australian’s head of state to be chosen? With these two questions answered a referendum question should be prepared and put to the people in 2022 This would be referendum to change our politics to modernize our constitution to remove alien traditions of hereditary and Prejudice About to have an Australian as our head of state and to become an Australian Republic I hope that in the future these replies made today will be made to an Australian head of state. Thank you

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