Howard: Response To Keating’s Republic Proposal

This is Federal Opposition Leader John Howard’s response to Paul Keating’s proposal for an Australian republic by the year 2001.

Broadcast on national television, the speech was in response to the previous day’s announcement by the Prime Minister, Paul Keating, that the government planned to move Australia towards becoming a republic.

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  • Text and audio of Paul Keating’s speech, “An Australian Republic: The Way Forward”

Text of John Howard’s speech to the House of Representatives.

John HowardMr Speaker, the opposition welcomes the statement made last night by the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) about the government’s proposals to put a referendum to the Australian people inviting them to create a federal republic by the year 2001. The outlining of the government’s proposals, in a sense, ends the phoney war stage of the debate about Australia’s constitutional future and presents to the Australian people the option and the model desired by the government.

I want to say first, on behalf of the coalition, that this is an important debate. Although the question of the constitutional structure of Australia is not something that weighs heavily upon Australians as they go about their daily lives, although the question of whether or not Australia becomes a republic will have no bearing on our standard of living and our capacity to economically penetrate the fast growing Asia-Pacific region, nonetheless, the constitutional future of our nation is a matter of great importance. I believe it should be treated in an important, sober and, to the maximum extent possible, non-political fashion. [Read more...]


Keating: An Australian Republic – The Way Forward

by Paul Keating, Prime Minister of Australia

This is the text of the speech Paul Keating, Prime Minister, delivered to the House of Representatives, announcing the government’s commitment to the establishment of an Australian federal republic by 2001.

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Transcript of Paul Keating’s Republic speech in the House of Representatives, June 7, 1995.

It is the Government’s view that Australia’s Head of State should be an Australian and that Australia should become a republic by the year 2001. Tonight I shall describe the means by which we believe this ought to be done. [Read more...]


The Role of Government: John Howard 1995 Headland Speech

The Role of Government is one of a series of “headland speeches” delivered by John Howard, leader of the Liberal Opposition, in 1995.

THE MENZIES RESEARCH CENTRE – 1995 NATIONAL LECTURE SERIES
THE HON JOHN HOWARD MP – LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

John HowardIt gives me a great sense of pleasure and pride to deliver this inaugural Lecture in the Menzies Research Centre’s 1995 National Lecture Series.

This is one of a number of headland speeches I am delivering covering a wide area of government activity. Tonight I want to examine the role of government itself in a modern Australia.

The Liberal tradition has always held that ideas are not political ends in themselves, but the basis for developing practical policies that work for the common good.

The Menzies Research Centre has an important role to play in contributing to that tradition.

It has been established to promote ideas for public policy based on greater individual freedom and dignity, fairer and more competitive enterprise, limited and more accountable government, and a more genuine sense of national community. [Read more...]