Canberra [AAP & other sources]
The head of the Australian Republican Movement believes there is widespread support for a republic, calling on prime minister Malcolm Turnbull to ‘seize this moment’.
‘We could actually do this now,’ Peter FitzSimons told ABC TV on Monday.
It comes after seven out of eight state and territory leaders signed a declaration calling for an Australian head of state.
Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a supporting statement, ‘I firmly believe Australia is ready to have an Australian as our head of state. We lead the world in so many areas, it’s about time our country is led by one of our own.’
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Adam Giles said, ‘There is a lot to be said for tradition, but there is even more to be said for progress.
‘Isn’t it time we said to Indigenous Australians “we’re proud of you” in the Constitution? Isn’t it time we said to Territorians “yes, you live in your own State”?
‘Isn’t it time we say to our children “yes, you could be President of Australia when you grow up?”’
The petition in favour of a republic is at https://goo.gl/jVwReA