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The following Internet sites provide valuable information
for any person wishing to discover more about our constitution
and the Republican Movement in Australia and worldwide
Australian Republican Movement
The ARM is the leading republican movement in Australia and
has been instrumental in putting the issue on the national agenda. They
were most successful at the 1998 Constitutional Convention and were able
to get the bi-partisan appointment model to referendum in 1999.
Senate Republican Inquiry
During 2004, the Legal and Constitutional Committee of the Australian
Senate have been taking submissions and holding hearings on the republic issue.
They have had a close look at the Honorary President Model and a few others,
but the main focus is the process – how to find the right model that would be
successful at a referendum.
The McGarvie model is the ancestor of the Honorary
President Model which incorporates the crucial McGarvie mechanisms.
The McGarvie model made it to second-place at the
1998 Constitutional Convention. All serious model development since
has made use of the McGarvie dismissal mechanism to avoid a
deadlock between the Prime Minister and Governor General.
This model is very worthwhile to look at because the
powers of the executive are spread across a number of constitutional
actors and entities. It accepts that the Queen cannot be simply deleted
from the constitution and that the conventions between the Governor-General
and the Prime Minister cannot be codified in a single vaguely written
John Pyke's Australian Constitutional Information
John is a leading academic and constitutional lawyer based in
Queensland. He explains why an Australian republic must provide for a Directly Elected
Head of State and also supports Approval Voting.
Explains in detail the method of electing
the Honorary President and the benefits of adopting a fairer, simpler and less
expensive voting system.