Swan calls for conversation on republic

Swan calls for conversation on republic

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has called for Australia to have another national conversation about becoming a republic.

In an opinion piece written to coincide with Australia Day, Mr Swan says the republican movement has fallen from the Australian agenda over the past decade.

But he’s reiterated the Gillard government has no immediate plans to hold a referendum on the issue.

He says he feels Australia’s national conversation is sold short when it doesn’t involve discussing the relationship with the Crown.

Former leader of the Australian Republican Movement, Malcolm Turnbull, says he agrees its always a good time for Australia to talk about becoming a republic.

But he says any referndum on the issue will not be successful until after the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

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