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…]