Albanese's words on republic run hollow
The prime minister has stated that the Voice was his sole priority, rather than a referendum on a republic and that timetables for that change were “not on his agenda”.
If this is so, then why has Mr Albanese designated an Assistant Minister for the Republic in his first ministry and why has he initiated a ‘national consultation tour’ reported to be to ‘shape a future campaign to cut ties with the monarchy’.
We are afraid that his words run hollow when it is also reported that the round of ‘consultation’ talks will occur over the first half of 2023 and be run by the Attorney-General’s Department and funded by the taxpayer, ostensibly to the tune of several million dollars, with key findings and trends to be collated to help the government’s approach to holding a referendum on a republic.
If a republic ‘was not on Mr Albanese’s agenda’ then surely he would not have committed public resources to a republic until it was on his agenda’ which he stated during the campaign would not occur until the second term of his government.
The fact is that whilst the Voice is the priority, the Albanese government is working assiduously preparing the ground for an onslaught on the constitution and the monarchy.
All we can say is that he must have a lot of chutzpah when he and team fly to London in May to attend the coronation of the very King he is seeking to topple.
That said, the Australian Monarchist League, whose campaign team is headed by former Senator Eric Abetz, is ready and prepared to face whatever the government and its Assistant Minister for the Republic does to promote a republic. Whilst the government is unfairly funded by the taxpayer whereas we are solely reliant on the financial support of our members, we have something the government doesn’t have and that is our belief that we are fighting for the right, and, as former Labor prime minister and monarchist, Ben Chifley, said” truth and justice will prevail”.
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