Australian republic push has local support

Australia should have its own head of state.

That’s the view of Macarthur MP Michael Freelander.

Dr Freelander and Werriwa MP Anne Stanley recently hosted a Wattle Day barbecue on behalf of the Australian Republic Movement.

Dr Freelander told the Advertiser he believed the time had come for Australians to once again vote on whether or not our country should become a republic. Australia voted against becoming a republic in 1999.

“I believe Australians should have the choice to choose Ausrtalia’s head of state, whose primary allegiance is to our unique, diverse and multicultural people and place,” he said.

“I am a republican and I do believe the time has come to have this conversation again.

“The political movement is picking up again and we’ll start hearing more on this front as it progresses.”

Dr Freelander said there was wide support for Australia to become a republic. His Wattle Day event on September 1 was well attended by local Labor representatives.

Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong, Campbelltown MP Greg Warren, Campbelltown deputy mayor Meg Oates and Campbelltown councillors Rey Manoto and Masood Chowdhury were all in attendance at the event held at Ingleburn Reserve.

“All our local Labor MPs are supportive of the republic,” he said.

“Thank you to all who spent their Saturday afternoon with Anne and I – we hope you enjoyed your democracy sausage, quick game of soccer and the chat.”

Dr Freelander said having an Australian head of state would not necessarily mean the country would have to leave the Commonwealth.

“We could still be a Commonwealth nation, like Canada is,” he said.

Ms Stanley said a republic was the best way for Australia to move forward.

“It would seem only reasonable for a strong democratic country such as ours to be able to choose its own head of state,” she said.