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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    Tax is latest symptom of the progressing deterioration of the quality of Australia s political system In order to sway the public with a short and simply hip pocket message over and over again the new Opposition leader has made some initial impact largely because the general public find the entire debate confusing But he has to score elsewhere to do well in an election because the Rudd ETS is no more than a necessary minimalist response and a possible compromise with the Greens would soon see this policy go through the Senate However Abbott has said very credible and useful things about federal state relations in recent times That is where his strength lies for the nation and where massive support is achievable even quite quickly Given that he is surrounded by some shadow Ministers who seem to have great problems with economics but do favour long overdue governance reform re direction of principal election policy may be called for very soon The need for debating and improving the quality and structure of governance could in itself lift the debate well above the climate change conundrum something that would be welcomed by the electorate at this juncture Replacing federation with a system of governance that effectively decentralises population away from the major cities can only viewed as a bold reform long overdue The last time that an Australian Government seriously did something about decentralisation was during the three Whitlam years 1972 1975 The election of the Fraser Government put an end to that Why is Australia trying to squeeze all the population growth into the major cities It seems quite ridiculous with so much space and so many interesting country towns around that could double or triple in population within a generation 36 million by 2050 if we continue to grow like now With a birthrate of only 1 9 per woman That means 15 million migrants to be squeezed into the the capital cities apparently Think about it This is a debate we need to have now Federation is also failing Australia in this respect The City centric approach is not working Leave it to the market again Klaas Woldring Post a Comment Share Article Klaas Woldring Post a Comment Share Article Friday Feb 26 2010 Hello world towards a new debate Friday February 26 2010 at 4 56 PM THURSDAY JANUARY 29 2009 AT 7 21 PM Welcome to Wordpress com This is your first post Edit or delete it and start blogging Hi Australians The name of this blog is Republic Now That means it is not an issue that should be delayed any further Regardless of the economic woes that the world and Australia are experiencing there are major system problems with the Australian political system and constitution that need to be tackled To regard the Republic as a second order or second term issue is a Minimalist approach This blog aims to be part of a Maximalist approach to the Republic advocating a strategic

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/?currentPage=6 (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - Section 128 Amendment - Section 128 - Proposed amendment
    to vote for the election of the House of Representatives and verified by the Electoral Commissioner the Governor General shall within three months submit the proposal to referendum Note These bits in bold are the changes we seek The remainder is as it currently appears in our 1901 Constitution By the Parliament A proposed law by the Parliament for the alteration thereof must be passed by an absolute majority of each House of the Parliament and not less than two nor more than six months after its passage through both Houses the proposed law shall be submitted in each State and Territory to the electors qualified to vote for the election of members of the House of Representatives But if either House passes any such proposed law by an absolute majority and the other House rejects or fails to pass it or passes it with any amendment to which the first mentioned House will not agree and if after an interval of three months the first mentioned House in the same or the next session again passes the proposed law by an absolute majority with or without any amendment which has been made or agreed to by the other House and such other House rejects or fails to pass it or passes it with any amendment to which the first mentioned House will not agree the Governor General may submit the proposed law as last proposed by the first mentioned House and either with or without any amendments subsequently agreed to by both Houses to the electors in each State and Territory qualified to vote for the election of the House of Representatives When a proposed law is submitted to the electors the vote shall be taken in such manner as the Parliament prescribes But until the qualification of electors of members of the House of Representatives becomes uniform throughout the Commonwealth only one half the electors voting for and against the proposed law shall be counted in any State in which adult suffrage prevails And if in a majority of the States a majority of the electors voting approve the proposed law and if a majority of all the electors voting also approve the proposed law it shall be presented to the Governor General for the Queen s assent No alteration diminishing the proportionate representation of any State in either House of the Parliament or the minimum number of representatives of a State in the House of Representatives or increasing diminishing or otherwise altering the limits of the State or in any manner affecting the provisions of the Constitution in relation thereto shall become law unless the majority of the electors voting in that State approve the proposed law In this section Territory means any territory referred to in section one hundred and twenty two of this Constitution in respect of which there is in force a law allowing its representation in the House of Representatives ADD YOUR VOICE Petition form We ask the House to submit to the

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    months or 10 years but there will come a time in the next political cycle will there be bipartisan support for a republic he said The ARM has also appointed media and policy expert Tim Mayfield as their new national director and seeking to fill an executive officer position Commentary by Republic Now Can FitzSimons break Australia s vicious circles This could be an excellent appointment as Peter FitzSimons is a Can Do type of person The fact that he is not a constitutional lawyer may well be an advantage However he has declared himself a Minimalist Minimalism has thus far been a failure of the ARM If he said that this would just be a first step toward maximalist solutions and governance reforms in Australia that would be welcomed by a growing section of the voters Australia is caught in the vicious circle of adversarial politics This is the primary cause of a wider vicious circle which includes the endless unproductive debate about the federation and the archaic Constitution Any attempt to bring about reforms and break out of these vicious circles need to include a prior acceptance that these three are intertwined and require a total package approach The absence of this approach to date results in fruitless attempts of partial reforms which then results in the continuation of the vicious circles failure to break any of them It is truly amazing that this is not understood in Australia Reformers don t get further than the piecemeal tinkering in one department When accepting the comprehensive package approach there is a strategic order to address the issue effectively Start with the adversarial nature of politics which has reached toxic proportions in Australia and turned the electorate off as never before a very unhealthy situation in any democracy surely Not

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2015/7/26/peter-fitzsimons-to-lead-australian-republic-movement.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    Federation a group that advocates the replacement of the federal structure and the rewriting of the Australian Constitution This ties up with Republic Now s position that a Minimalist Republic may be a first step toward to a Maximalist Republic The Facebook page of Beyond Federation is www facebook com beyondfederation No doubt the arrival of Human Rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson in Australia author of Dreaming too loud 2012 and The Statute of Liberty 2009 will add thrust to the revival movement 1 http www thecourier com au story 3041367 republican debate to be reignited LABOR for an Australian Republic Group LFAR is holding a debate at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka this weekend The national event titled the Australian Democracy Debate Competition A Republican Vision for Australia will be held on Saturday at 1pm 2n May LFAR said it wanted to reignite the republic campaign with an Australian head of state In a statement LFAR said Australia is a modern democratic nation with an ancient and continuous indigenous culture and it is time we complete our journey of becoming a fully independent nation We as Australians must disenthrall ourselves and think anew and act anew and create our own Republic of Australia with our own Australian head of state Thank you for voting Yes 90 83 No 7 08 Not sure 0 Don t care 2 08 Guest speakers on the day will be Gellibrand MP Tim Watts Joshua Funder and Damien Kingsbury There will be two debates with the first involving eight guest speakers outlining their republican visions or models for Australia while the second will feature people reviewing a set of 19 new Australian flag designs The statement also said the weekend s event was aimed at overcoming three main challenges to becoming a republic

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2015/4/28/april-2015-revival-in-interest-in-australian-republic.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    Coalition ideologically busily engaged in turning the clock back in many very critical public policy areas That faction does not reflect more than 35 of the voters Why then did the Coalition win the election Because the voters had to choose for either the one or the other major party and both had real problems They had to vote for the one package or the other for the one leader or the other But that choice is just far too limited The opinion polls tell us next to nothing about that kind reality Our major parties refuse to introduce real system reforms as they believe that the existing system benefits them grossly However that does not take away from the plain truth that the party list systems are inherently more democratic simple cost effective result in diverse representation and most importantly produce a non adversarial political culture In 2009 there was what was presented by the ALP as a major inquiry into electoral reform However in reality it was just concerned with correcting measures about funding disclosures introduced under the Howard Government Indeed the terms of reference clearly avoided system reform So where will the push for change come from One would have thought from the Greens but alas although some Greens are well aware of the need for change in this respect and it is in fact in their platform they just don t seem to be able to get going on this issue We can forget about the political science academics if they are familiar with other systems at all because very few of them are activists Most engage in studies and research that deal with issues within the existing system not with the problems of the systems themselves Perhaps some political journalists would have woken up to the gross inadequacies of Australia s electoral systems A few probably have but will they write about it Rarely but if per chance they are so inclined their editors may not be interested for whatever reason Or they don t understand themselves how it could and should be changed one of these issues that remain in the too hard basket Anthony Green who seems to have a monopoly on electoral commentary shies away from innovation as well Wake up Australia The adversarial two party system has become a major problem It has also been hi jacked by corrupt influences it pretends that there are only two sides of politics a view rarely questioned by the media or scholar But this situation has basically also stopped updating the Constitution for decades already so that it is one additional reason why we have a frozen Constitution What is the system that would be a major improvement Here it comes P R always based on multiple member electoral districts has great advantages but the type used in Australia The Hare Clark system originated in the UK prior to the modern party system Is not suitable for large assemblies It relies heavily on preferencing

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2014/5/15/electoral-system-revolution-about-time.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    love and marry whom they choose and where perhaps my friends one day one young girl or boy may even grow up to be our nation s first Head of State Greens leader Christine Milne congratulated Ms Bryce for strong advocacy of marriage equality a republic and an ethic of care Real leadership Former Liberal Party Minister Amanda Vanstone now an ABC commentator criticised the Governor General for speaking her

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2013/12/8/governor-general-supports-australia-becoming-a-republic.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - Republic Debate Mark 2?
    subtle support for the Republic Both their statements are still premised on the concept of the Minimalist Republic Replace the Queen by an Australian Head of State that would be it But Australians are asking increasingly and wisely What kind of a Republic before they will commit themselves to that Minimalist change A Referendum on a Republic without major additional changes conceivably a complete rewrite of the Constitution would produce the same result as in 1999 Also why should Australians have to wait until the Queen abdicates simply because the frozen Constitution blocks change Could the Government start a debate on why and how the Constitution could be renewed Apart from the very obvious shortcoming that it can hardly be amended and then only on the initiative of the politicians the federal structure of the state adds another major barrier Federation is a costly hindrance to effective Government altogether Right now the Government is even struggling to get consensus on the overdue Gonski reforms Australia s Afghanistan involvement was possible because the PM decided without a mandate without parliamentary majority of even debate without a referendum or plebiscite to join the US in yet another dubious military venture The PM is not even mentioned in that Constitution What has happened to the reformt spirit of the ALP so obvious in the Whitlam days An Abbott Government cannot be expected to initiate any significant system change at all For the moment that looks to be a likely outcome of the Federal Election on 14th September The Murdoch press with 70 of Australia s newspaper circulation instead of using its considerable influence for the benefit of Australia by opening up the debate about the urgent need for system change has annointed Mr Abbott as the next Prime Minister Again Mr Murdoch seems

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2013/6/4/republic-debate-mark-2.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    quality of the parliamentary debate has become the focus of attention though Most people don t like the combative style that is on display on a daily basis when Parliament is in session Voters have turned away from this spectacle and politics generally especially the young Letter writers have condemned it in droves Journalists have tried to describe and understand it Only rarely are the pertinent questions asked Why is it so and What can be done about it The Hung Parliament of the last three years has added a new dimension to the system The need for the ALP government to make partnership agreements with the only Green MHR and three Independents has delivered benefits However now the major parties have insisted on governing in their own right again Would it not be better to move forward to meaningful reforms The main thesis of this small eBook is that the need for much greater diversity democracy fairness and cooperation between parties in the Parliament is not served by a continuation of the current two party system Hence the reader will find strong advocacy here for an electoral system that would provide for the achievement of such objectives and much

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2013/10/23/australia-reconstructed-bold-steps-to-improve-voter-represen.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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