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New republican model is a creative compromise

John Warhurst
By John Warhurst
January 19 2022 - 6:25pm
The republican movement's proposed referendum model celebrates the virtue of compromise, a virtue so lacking in Australian politics. Picture: Shutterstock

The new republican model launched by the main republican advocacy group, the Australian Republic Movement (ARM), is a creative compromise suited to Australian realities. The "Australian Choice" model offers the election by Australians of a republican head of state from 11 candidates nominated by the nine Australian jurisdictions. Three candidates are nominated by the Commonwealth Parliament, and one each by the six states and two territories.

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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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