Revealed: Labor MP’s plan to dump the royals WITHOUT a referendum – and it could make the Queen our last monarch
- Labor MP Julian Hill is pushing for a plan for Australia to ditch British monarchy
- Mr Hill is proposing for state and federal MPs to vote to change the laws
- If the proposal is accepted the Queen could become Australia’s last monarch
Labor MP Julian Hil (pictured) l is pushing for a plan to get Australia to ditch the British monarchy and become a republic without a referendum
Labor MP Julian Hill is pushing for a plan to get Australia to ditch the British monarchy and become a republic without a referendum.
The Labor backbencher for Bruce, Victoria, is proposing a plan to get state and federal MPs to vote to change royal succession laws.
Mr Hill claims the Australian public should not be responsible for changing the laws but rather it should be up to members of parliament.
If the proposal is accepted parliament could change the law which would see Queen Elizabeth be Australia’s last ever monarch.
‘Like the majority of MPs I believe our nation should have an Australian as our head of state,’ Mr Hill told parliament last week.
‘Our head of state should be a citizen not a foreigner. Our head of state should live here, not in Britain.’
He is pushing for the Governor-General to become Australia’s head of state rather than a member of the royal family such as Prince Charles.
Mr Hill is calling for parliament to change the royal succession laws, which would mean Queen Elizabeth (pictured) would be Australia’s last ever monarch
The plan outlines that the Governor-general would serve just five years in the position before a successor is appointed by the Chief Justice of the High Court.
The Chief Justice of the High Court would take on advice from both sides of parliament with a two-thirds vote, according to Mr Hill’s plan.
‘This parliament should seriously examine a different and an easier way, which may well be legal,’ Mr Hill said.
‘I don’t believe we should have a president; we should stick with the Governor-General … and there should be a constitutional ban on any member of parliament becoming Governor-General, and on a Governor-General ever being elected to a parliament.’
Mr Hill said he is not a fan of the British royal family and said he ‘could not give a hoot about their lives’.
‘If we have to, amend the law to make the Governor-general the Queen, put him in drag if needed, as long as our head of state is an Australia,’ Mr Hill said.
He is pushing for the Governor-General to become Australia’s head of state rather than a member of the royal family such as Prince Charles (pictured)
The Daily Telegraph reported that Mr Hill consulted Professor of Constitutional Law at Monash University Luke Beck.
Mr Beck said there was no reason why the laws could not be changed by Australian parliament and referred to an agreement between 16 countries that said a newborn boy was not to overtake an older sister in the line of succession.
He also said Australia ticked off the abdication of King Edward VIII in parliament in 1936 which proved ‘you can have a different monarch in different realms’.
However in order to change the current line of succession, all Australian states would have to come to an agreement.
‘Like the majority of MPs I believe our nation should have an Australian as our head of state,’ Mr Hill told parliament last week