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The Honorary President model is one of the most comprehensive
in the public arena, but there is more work to do. The author is
working with others in the Copernican Group, who have reached similar
conclusions about the best republican model.
The Honorary President Model is one of several others using the Copernican
Paradigm, which holds to a directly-elected President repacing the Queen in her Australian role.
The above site includes a range of articles about the Paradigm and others models. The site has
a comprehensive comments and discussion forum.
This is very similar to the Honorary President Model,
except for the title of Head of State, who is called the Sovereign.
There is a simple reason for this: the Queen is the Sovereign and
the author conveys the idea that an Australian could also be Sovereign,
without changing our parliamentary democracy. Watch out for the
There is more to be developed, but the model generally
follows the Honorary President and Sovereignty models, except that
the states have a greater influence over the administration of the
of the office through a commission. The title of the Head of State
is the President of Australia, with emphasis on how he or she is also the
constitutional head of each state.
Model X by Professor John Power
This model follows the Honorary President model in
a general way, except that the President is the principle actor
in an elected constitutional council. Under this model, decisions
are made by the council, instead of the President directly.
This models says "we keep the system as it is, Governor General
and all, and elect an Australian to act as the Queen of Australia."
To keep it egalitarian, it has the unusual provision of selecting
presidential candidates from the population at random.
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
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