PM Anthony Albanese shuts down ‘disgraceful’ calls for an Australian republic

Sep 12, 2022
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said there will not be a referendum anytime soon. Source: Getty

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has shut down “disgraceful” and “disrespectful” calls for Australia to become a republic following Queen Elizabeth II’s death on September 8.

Despite being a supporter of the nation becoming a republic, having appointed Matt Thistlethwaite as Assistant Minister for the Republic, Albanese told Sky News now is not the time for a discussion on the referendum.

The Prime Minister reiterated that now is a time for mourning and to show “deep respect and admiration” for the Queen’s service to the country.

“Her Majesty was the only reigning monarch to ever visit Australia and it was clear from her first trip that she had a special place in our hearts,” Albanese said in a statement.

“Over the coming weeks, Australia will continue to commemorate our late Queen.

“I encourage all Australians, wherever you may be, to take time to pause and reflect on Her Majesty’s extraordinary life of service.”

Greens Leader Adam Bandt wasted no time in leading the calls for Australia to leave the Commonwealth, taking to Twitter on September 9, the morning after the Monarch’s death, to call for the country to “move forward”.

Bandt was met with immediate backlash, with even supporters of his cause slamming him for his “insensitive” call.

Chair of the Australian Republic Movement (ARM) Peter FitzSimons reiterated the fact that now is the time for a “respectful silence”.

The ARM released an official statement on the passing of the Queen, noting her “reign was unrivalled”.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Queen Elizabeth’s passing and express deep gratitude and thanks for her service to the Commonwealth,” FitzSimons said.

“During her reign, Australia has grown into a mature and independent nation. It is unlikely we will ever see a Monarch as respected or admired by the Australian people again.”

Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

 

 

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