NZ Herald reports:
Bill Shorten has vowed to take steps to make Australia a republic in his first term as prime minister, saying the country’s current head of state “is a foreign power”.
At the Australian Republic Movement’s gala dinner in Melbourne, he pointed to the words “carpe diem” on the ceiling of Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building.
“We must seize the day and become a republic,” he told the cheering crowd.
He promised a Shorten Labor government will take “the first real steps to make Australia a republic in the first term of government”.
That would include putting a “straightforward” ‘yes or no’ question to the Australian people.
Not sure it is as simple as yes or no. You need to know what sort of republic it would be to sensibly vote on it.