If you are interested in reading more about
the Republic, here are a few suggestions:
- The Chameleon Crown, Anne Twomey, The Federation Press, 2006. This book sets out the history of Australia's relationship with the United Kingdom and the Crown. It uncovers the secret negotiations between the States, the Commonwealth, the British Government and the palace about ending the colonial links between the States and the UK in 1986 when the Australia Act was passed.
- An Australian Republic, Anna Krawec-Wheaton and Greg Barns, Scribe Short
Suggestions for a practical approach to becoming a Republic in the current Australian political environment. Draws on Anna Krawec-Wheaton's research for her 2003 PhD thesis at the University of
Tasmania: "The Republican Push"; Greg Barns was chair of the Australian Republican Movement from 2000 to 2002 and Campaign Director for the YES Committee in the lead-up to the 1999 Referendum.
- The Great Republic of the Southern Seas: Republicans in
Nineteenth-Century Australia, Audrey Oldfield, Hale and Iremonger, 1999.
Read about republican and artist, "slight, dark-haired and
fiercely independent" Adelaide Ironside d 1867, a disciple of John Dunmore Lang
and who knew, and reputedly loved - Daniel Henry Deniehy, two of our greatest 19th century
republicans (see below for further references). Ironside Street in Weston ACT is
named after her (see also Jill Poulton's "Adelaide Ironside, the Pilgrim of
Art"). And also about Louisa Lawson active towards the end of the century.
- This Country, A Reconciled Republic? Mark McKenna,
UNSW Press, 2004. Puts forward the view that the two great symbolic issues of
Australian politics in the 1990s - the republic and reconciliation - are inextricably
- Australian Republicanism, A Reader: Mark McKenna and
Wayne Hudson, Melbourne University Press, 2003. Contains a history of Australian
republicanism from 1788 to 1999 from original sources, mostly newspapers and very little
contributed by women - one notable inclusion being a 1987 statement by Franca Arena,
former NSW Minister and Member of the Legislative Council, with reasons for her support
for an Australian republic.
- A New Constitution for Australia: Bede Harris,
Cavendish Publishing, 2002. A constititutional lawyer's take on the republican
constitution; the author was one of the Corowa Four - see December 2001 in News Update for more details
- The People's Protest: Kerry Jones, ACM Publishing,
2000. An account of the 1999 referendum campaign by the Executive Director of
Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy.
- Fighting for the Republic, Malcolm
Turnbull, Hardie Grant Books, 1999
- The Case for YES edited by John Uhr,
Federation Press 1999 - contains papers given at the National Convention of Republicans in
February 1999 including those of Kate Carnell, Amanda Vanstone, Natasha Stott Despoja,
Marise Payne, Dorothy McRae McMahon, Marilyn Lake and Marian Sawer. For papers given by
women from Young Australians for a Republic, refer to the YAR website.
- Why I want to be King of Australia, Edward
de Bono, Penguin 1999 - and he has no objections to having a Queen of Australia, or
Boomaroo; some lateral thinking on the subject of the new Australian head of state - and
it's got big print.
- Two Weeks in Lilliput, Bear-baiting and Backbiting
at the Constitutional Convention, Steve Vizard, Penguin 1998
(useful booklist p.373 -375) - an entertaining read providing good background to current
issues and the referendum.
- Queens, Kings and Presidents, bringing womens
perspectives to the Constitutional Convention, YWCA of Australia, 1997 (may be
out of print) - a brief summary of the issues, very well presented and contains many
references to books, newspaper and journal articles all by women.
- "The Strategic Politics of Organisation" by Misha
Schubert in Talking Up,Young Womens Take on Feminism, Rosamund
Else-Mitchell and Naomi Flutter (ed), Spinifex, 1998
- A Womans Constitution? Gender and History in
the Australian Commonwealth, Helen Irving (ed), Hale and Ironmonger, 1996
- Australian Women and the Vote ,Audrey
Oldfield, Cambridge University Press, 1994
- The Captive Republic: A History of Republicanism in
Australia 1788 - 1996, Mark McKenna, Cambridge University Press, 1997
- The Reluctant Republic, Malcolm Turnbull
- The Report of the Republic Advisory Committee 1993
- A Republic of Australia, Malcolm Booker
- Republican Australia? Geoffrey Dutton
- The Australian Republic Al Grassby 1993
- Crown or Country - the Traditions of Australian
Republicanism, Headon, Warden, Gammage (Eds) 1994
- A Republican Manifesto, John Hirst 1994
- The Coming Republic, Donald Horne 1993
- The Republicanism Debate, Hudson and Carter
- Our Republic, Thomas Keneally 1993
- Monarchy to Republic, George Winterton 1986
- We, the People, George Winterton (ed)
- Our First Republicans: Lang, Harpur, Denihy.
Selected Writings 1840-60, David Headon and Elizabeth Perkins (ed) 1999
- The Minimal Monarchy and why it still makes sense
for Australia, Tony Abbott, Wakefield Press, 1995 - a useful summary of the
background to the current action on the Republic mostly sourced from newspapers and
presented from an opposing point of view.
With thanks to Elizabeth Nugent, a member of ACT
Australian Republican Movement who compiled the list of 1993 and 1994 texts.
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