Is it time to do a Megxit? Peter FitzSimons says Australia must follow in the footsteps of Harry and Meghan and break away from the British monarchy
- Australian Republican Movement is launching a new push for independence
- Will spend the next 18-to-24 months developing a model for independence
- Chairman Peter FitzSimons said it was ‘long overdue’
- Wants the new model to be put directly to a national vote
The Australian Republican Movement is launching a new campaign for a homegrown head of state more than two decades since the 1999 referendum.
‘It’s now time we draw a line under the differences of the past and work together to build consensus around a proposal for change,’ ARM chairman Peter FitzSimons said on Tuesday.
The organisation will take the next 18-to-24 months developing a model for independence.
Lisa Wilkinson with husband Peter who is leading a push for Australia to become a republic
Meghan, 38, spent seven years living in Toronto while filming US legal drama Suits before moving to the UK to be with Prince Harry, 35, and the couple could now make the city their Canadian home. Pictured, Harry and Meghan at Canada House, London, earlier this month
The lobby group will then campaign for the model to be put directly to a national vote.
‘This is long overdue. This is a decision that we as Australians must make for ourselves. Do we want to be independent? Then let’s work together to make it happen,’ said Mr FitzSimons, the husband of The Project host Lisa Wilkinson.
‘People are sick and tired of seeing our national leaders fight rather than sitting down and working constructively towards an agreement that benefits everyone.’
Mr Fitzgibbon said substantial common ground already existed between supporters of a republic.
There was near unanimous agreement an Australian head of state should be ceremonial, without executive power, and should not have a role in setting national policy, he said.
They should be independent and swear exclusive allegiance to Australia and its interests, Mr FitzSimons said.