Australian and commonwealth republicanism

Ritchie, Jonathan and Markwell, Don 2006, Australian and commonwealth republicanism, The round table, vol. 95, no. 387, pp. 727-737, doi: 10.1080/00358530601046976.

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Title Australian and commonwealth republicanism
Author(s) Ritchie, JonathanORCID iD for Ritchie, Jonathan
Markwell, Don
Journal name The round table
Volume number 95
Issue number 387
Start page 727
End page 737
Total pages 11
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2006-10
ISSN 0035-8533
Keyword(s) Republic
New Zealand
Summary When republics, beginning with India in 1949, were first admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations, Australia remained strongly attached to the Crown and the King’s (later the Queen’s) role as Head of the Commonwealth. Indeed, many Australians had seen a shared Crown as axiomatic, and a symbol of Commonwealth unity. Despite bursts of republicanism in Australia during the 19th and 20th centuries, it was not until the 1990s that a republic appeared likely. One historic driver of anti-British Australian republicanism has been the Irish heritage of many Australians. As republicanism grew, it was important that Australia could remain in the Commonwealth as a republic. The past decade has seen a stronger sentiment in Australia than in the other ‘old Dominions’—New Zealand and Canada—that national independence and identity require the symbol of a home-grown head of state, rather than one seen as British. The growth of republicanism in such countries, and in Britain itself, would be likely to encourage republicanism in Australia. Australia’s republican majority has been frustrated by its inability to agree on a model for parliamentary selection or direct election of the president. No Commonwealth country provides a model which Australians find compelling.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00358530601046976
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Taylor & Francis
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