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Related Models

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.

Copernican Republic Forum

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.

Sovereignty Model by David O'Brien

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 bee-sting provision.

Three Tier Model by Peter Carden

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.

Egalitarian Republic by Robert Vogler

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.

Constitutional Council Model by Peter Crayson

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 sub-section.

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