Australia’s best selling author is Peter Fitzsimons and I have enjoyed reading every one of his books. He is a dynamic public speaker, a talented journalist whose articles enjoy top rating and, in the world of sport, he is renowned as a Wallaby.
Today, we identify him by the Red Bandanna he wears constantly as his trademark, but also as a spectacular way of covering his rapidly balding head.
Now, he is embarking on the crusade of his lifetime that may lead him to become a legend as a nation changer. He has become Chairman of the Australian Republican Movement and undertaken the task of removing all trace of the British Monarchy from our Constitution. Currently, the Queen of England has the final say on who will be our Governor General.
Will he achieve this aim?
Yes. He is a relentless character of powerful influence who has a huge community following and he will never give in on this issue. We have been friends for thirty years and I can affirm that he is unstoppable.
The fact is that two thirds of the Commonwealth of Nations (the old British Colonies) are Republics. The Queen has no legal ties with them and cannot choose a Head of State for any of them. Yet, she is a revered and welcome visitor to their lands.
So, those who say that Australia will be banished from the British Commonwealth if we become a Republic, are simply telling lies in the desperate hope of winning a losing battle to retain a past which has gone forever.
The change should have gone through two decades ago when Malcolm Turnbull lead the charge to remove the ridiculous requirement that Australia can’t elect a Head of State without the British Monarch assenting to it.
Turnbull only lost that vote because the Republicans were a badly divided force. Some wanted Parliament to appoint the Head of State and the others wanted a direct vote of the Australian people. The Monarchists actually got only 21% of the vote, not surprising when those of British descent are now a minority of our population
So, the Red Bandanna strategy is to hold a plebiscite in the next term of Parliament in which we vote on a simple question,
“Do you want Australia to have its own Head of State?’
This will be followed by a binding referendum in the next Parliamentary Term in which we would vote to change the Constitution to remove all British links and decide how we elect our Head of State.
Above all, it will acknowledge that the arrival of the First Fleet two and a quarter centuries ago was an invasion in which 30,000 indigenous people died defending their land. The last links with that colonial arrogance will be removed.
Fitzsimons, the man with the Red Bandanna, has assembled an impressive team to lead the campaign and he is organising them for battle with non stop zeal. No one will stop his revolt.
He has invited me to become his Honorary Fund Raising Adviser and I gladly accepted the role because I am a proud Aussie.
If you want to join the team, go to the website of the Australian Republican Movement and become a financial member today. You will become an active participant in creating the future of a proud independent nation.
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