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Whitlam and Fraser, Old Foes, Unite For “YES” Vote

Gough WhitlamGough Whitlam, dismissed as Prime Minister by the Governor-General in 1975 has united with the man who defeated him, former Liberal Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, to support a “YES” vote in Saturday’s referendum.

Whitlam and Fraser are apprearing together in television commercials this week.

At one point, Whitlam turns to Fraser and says: “Malcolm, it’s time.” Fraser responds, “it is”.

With One Week To Go, Republic Looks Doomed

With opinion polls putting support for a “Yes” vote in next Saturday’s referendum no higher than the mid-40s, and as low as the 30s, the republic debate is moving into top gear.

Monarchists today targeted Tasmania, where polls indicate the highest proportion of undecided voters.

On the republican side, former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, has been enlisted to campaign full-time throughout the last 10 days.

It is beginning to appear more likely, however, that the republic will be defeated.

Click here to read a devastating critique by Alan Ramsey from the Sydney Morning Herald that outlines how Howard has killed the republic.

Howard and Costello in Conflict as Republic Referendum Hots Up

The battle between monarchists and republicans has taken a new turn as Howard government ministers adopt increasingly belligerent positions for and against the referendum due on November 6.

The Prime Minister, John Howard, issued a major statement to his Bennelong constituents earlier this week outlining his arguments against a republic.

This was followed by a speech from Treasurer Peter Costello that rebutted Howard’s argument point by point. [Read more…]

John Howard’s Statement in Support of the “NO” Case

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has issued a statement setting out his reasons for opposing next month’s referendum on on a republic.

Statement from the Prime Minister, John Howard.

The Prime MonarchistI have previously indicated my intention to make a considered statement on the referenda to be held on November 6.

Accordingly, I attach a statement of my reasons for voting ‘no’ to the proposed republic as well as a statement in support of the preamble.

I have drawn upon this material to detail my position in a newsletter to my constituents.

27 October 1999


On 6 November Australia will vote on two constitutional proposals – one on a republic and another on a preamble to the constitution. [Read more…]

Taxes More Certain Than A Republic: Howard

Responding to media reports, the Prime Minister, John Howard, has issued the following statement:

I will, in the near future, outline my reasons for supporting the present constitutional system.

I will not, as speculated in one newspaper today, indicate that I think a republic is inevitable. Others may hold that view. I do not.

Benjamin Franklin was right when he said: “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”.

The Republic referendum will be held in 12 days time.

Proposed Wording For Preamble Referendum

This is the proposed wording for the Preamble to the Constitution that will be voted on in a referendum later this year.

Proposed wording of Constitutional Preamble.

With hope in God, the Commonwealth of Australia is constituted as a democracy with a federal system of Government to serve the common good.

We the Australian people commit ourselves to this Constitution [Read more…]

Jeff Kennett Proposes New Wording For Preamble Referendum

The Victorian Premier, Jeff Kennett, has released a proposed preamble to the Constitution.

Kennett’s preamble, or declaration, follows the Howard government’s release of an Initial Bill that contains a draft preamble.

Text of the Kennett Preamble.

We commit ourselves to the Commonwealth of Australia as a sovereignty founded on the values of equality and dignity. [Read more…]

Preamble Referendum: Initial Bill – Explanatory Statement

This is the Explanatory Statement for the Initial Bill for the Constitutional Preamble referendum.

Explanatory Statement – Initial Bill



Constitution Alteration (Preamble) 1999

1. Introduction

2. The main elements of the Constitution Alteration (Preamble) 1999

3. The Constitutional Convention’s recommendations relating to a preamble [Read more…]

John Howard’s Exposure Draft of Proposed New Preamble

This is the text of an exposure draft for the Preamble referendum, released by Prime Minister John Howard.

Preamble referendum, exposure draft from Prime Minister John Howard.

With hope in God, the Commonwealth of Australia is constituted by the equal sovereignty of all its citizens.

The Australian nation is woven together of people from many ancestries and arrivals. Our vast island continent has helped to shape the destiny of our Commonwealth and the spirit of its people. [Read more…]

A.L.P. Releases A Draft Preamble To The Constitution

The Federal Opposition Leader, Kim Beazley, today released the ALP’s draft of a preamble to the Constitution.

Gareth EvansThe preamble was written by the former Attorney-General and Foreign Affairs Minister, Gareth Evans.

Evans reportedly consulted with Aboriginal groups, the Australian Republican Movement, the Constitutional Centenary Foundation and Federal Finance Minister, John Fahey, before releasing the draft preamble.

The referendum on the preamble will be held in November this year, in conjunction with the referendum on the republic. [Read more…]