Voting Yes for a Republic
This was the front page of this site for the 1999 Referendum on the Republic.
Please note: you can only vote in a referendum if you are over 18 and enrolled to vote. Pick up an application form at any Post Office or for further information call the Australian Electoral Office or check their website at www.aec.gov.au
Voting YES means you agree to:
Establishing Australia as a republic with an Australian citizen as Head of State from 1 January 2001;
Supporting the Bi-partisan Model for selection of the President consisting of:
- a public process in which everyone is able to put forward nominations for the President of the Commonwealth of Australia;
- consideration of the nominations by a Public Nominations Committee of 32 people (half Parliamentarians from all States and Territories and half community members nominated by the Government) who recommend a shortlist to the Prime Minister;
- the Prime Minister consulting with the Leader of the Opposition in the Federal Parliament with one name to be put forward to the Parliament;
- that person being endorsed by a two-thirds majority of a joint sitting of the Federal Parliament;
- the President having the same powers as the current Governor General as well as being Head of State; and,
- the President can be dismissed by the Prime Minister who must then seek the agreement of the House of Representatives (but note, not the Senate) within thirty days.
Why many women support a YES vote for an Australian Republic and this model for selection of the President:
Here is the view of the Australian Republic Movement on a YES vote for the Republic:
What is the situation now?
How will your YES vote change this?
The Constitutional Convention agreed on the bi-partisan model for an Australian Republic.
Your YES vote at the 1999 Referendum this year will mean:
A joint sitting of the House of Representatives and the Senate will then vote to approve the candidate (two-thirds must agree to the Prime Ministers recommended nominee).
What are the advantages of the Bi-Partisan model?
Will anything else change?
No. Australia will still....
What will an Australian Republic mean?
(Text from YES YES YES, Vote YES for an Australian Head of State, a pamphlet published by ARM)
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Last modified: May 11, 2002