Joe Hockey to lead campaign for Australian republic

Joe Hockey to lead campaign for Australian republic

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey and ACT Labor Senator Katy Gallagher will co-convene a new Parliamentary Friendship Group in a revived push for Australia to become a republic.

The announcement was revealed by the newly appointed chair of the Australian Republican Movement, journalist Peter FitzSimons during his address at the National Press Club today.

The cross-party Parliamentary Friendship Group will attempt to generate public debate on the issue, pushing for a plebiscite on the Australian Head of State by 2020.

Despite the republic referendum in 1999 which failed after being put to the nation, Mr FitzSimons said in his speech that he hopes Australia can begin the formal process within the next 5 years.

“We’re getting the band back together, and gearing up to ask the Australian people the question again”

“A republic that we deserve to be, an independent sovereign nation beneath the Southern Cross we stand, a sprig of wattle in our hand.”

The push for a republic in Australia coincides with the New Zealand flag debate, which is calling for their current flag to be changed.

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News Bulletin 3/8/2012

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