John Howard’s 2UE Radio Interview with John Laws

This is the text of Prime Minister John Howard’s interview with John Laws on radio 2UE.

Howard discusses the referendum on an Australian republic at some length and outlines the reasons for his opposition.

Transcript of John Howard’s interview with John Laws on radio 2UE.

LAWS:

Prime Minister good morning and welcome.

PRIME MINISTER:

Good morning John. Good to be on your program.

LAWS:

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Howard Accuses Carr of Undercutting Beazley

Prime Minister John Howard has accused NSW Labor Premier, Bob Carr, of undercutting Federal Opposition Leader, Kim Beazley. Carr yesterday said that he would prefer the existing constitutional arrangements in preference to a directly-elected president.

Carr said: “I would rather live with all the disadvantages of the Queen as head of state than insert into our Constitution all the instability and uncertainty that would flow from an elected presidency that becomes, over time, an executive presidency.”

Kim Beazley has indicated that he would be prepared to consider in government another referendum on directly electing a republican president.

In his statement today, Howard said:

“The New South Wales Labor Premier Bob Carr has completely undercut Kim Beazley’s promise to hold a second referendum for a directly elected president if the Yes vote wins next Saturday.

“Mr Carr, the most senior and successful Labor leader in the country, has flatly opposed any suggestion of a directly elected presidency.

“In the process he has exposed Mr Beazley’s humbug.

“His strong opposition reinforces the point that if the Yes vote wins on Saturday there will be no second bite of the republican cherry. The parliamentary appointment model will be there for good.

“Mr Beazley’s panicky opportunism has been starkly revealed by the NSW Premier’s stance.

“The promise of “Yes and more” injected into the debate at the eleventh hour is a complete illusion. If the Yes vote wins on Saturday there will be overwhelming opposition within all political parties to any move toward a directly elected president.

“Bob Carr has had the courage to call it as it is.”


Republic Referendum Campaign In Final Days

The referendum on the Republic is now in its final days.

The referendum on the preamble has been all but forgotten in the debate over the republic, but Prime Minister Howard and Democrat Senator Aden Ridgeway today held a joint press conference to campaign for a “Yes” vote on the premable.


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

Introduction

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