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Peter FitzSimons used his familiar rapid fire repartee to grab us by the proverbial to join the movement towards the seemingly impossible dream of a Republic of Australia in his speech to the National Press Club. He’s the new chair of the Australian Republican Movement and a good choice to increase the momentum, crash through the impediments and surge towards the objective.
But we are all a bit weary of the convoluted methods of changing what at first seems so simple and logical. Yes of course the majority will want a republic with an Australian head of state but the getting there beat Malcolm Turnbull’s many years of effort as the ARM chair despite all those avowed republicans on the conservative side of politics when John Howard had a different idea.
So what will FitzSimons do to make us assert our ability to separate from the motherland and get on with it asap.
Well don’t get excited because sometime in the next five years the ARM wants to put a proposition to you and me; “do you support replacing the British Monarch with an Australian citizen as the Australian Head of State?”. Five years seems a long time to ask that question. Maybe we could do a double up with the same sex marriage question that we seem unable to come to terms with and get the vote for them both sooner rather than later.
To help his cause and garner the support of journalist colleagues it was the Irish Ambassador Noel White and his wife Nessa Delaney, who on the night before his address to the National Press Club, invited FitzSimons to join them in a convivial soiree of a formidable Press Gallery bunch.
FitzSimons heard from Nessa Delaney about the granny campaign in Ireland where for the referendum on same sex marriage granny got the reassuring call from her grandkids. Yes keep granny in the loop about our republican movement, but I think today’s Australian grannys are way ahead on most issues the politicians dither about. They know what’s fair and sensible.
It will be interesting, especially as the cosy little ‘Friends’ group is established with Joe Hockey and Katy Gallagher as convenors to get the republicans moving their movement along, as the country screams “get a move on”!