The next battle in the fight for an Australian head of state

John Warhurst
Updated July 2 2021 - 2:20am, first published December 5 2019 - 12:00am

The struggle for Australia to have an Australian as head of state instead of the British monarch has already been a long one. It has been 20 years since the 1999 republic referendum, and nearly 30 years since the creation of the Australian Republican Movement as a vehicle to achieve the goal. But republicanism in Australia has a much longer history that that, and even the modern republican movement is at least 50 years old, dating back to individuals such as Geoffrey Dutton, Max Harris and Donald Horne.

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John Warhurst

John Warhurst

Canberra Times columnist

John Warhurst is an emeritus professor of political science at the Australian National University and a regular columnist for The Canberra Times.

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