Lisa Wilkinson’s husband launches new push for republic

Peter FitzSimons stepped up the campaign for a republic during a passionate interview on the Today show this morning.
Peter appeared on the Today show to make his case.

Journalist Peter FitzSimons has launched a new push for Australia to ditch the Queen and become a republic, giving a passionate plea on television this morning.

While Lisa stayed off camera for the interview, Peter spoke with her co-host Sylvia Jeffries and said it’s time for Australia to make a change.

The Australian Republic Movement has a new ad out spruiking the idea, which shows people singing ‘God Save the Queen’.

“The times they have changed. We no longer know those words, we’ve moved on we’re in the 21st century,” said Peter.

The debate over whether or not Australia should become it’s own republic has been popping up quite a lot lately, with both Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten openly stating their support for the idea.

So is it time we waved goodbye to England?

While the idea certainly has its fans, plenty of people still deeply admire the monarchy and are happy to hold onto the royal family as our offical head of state.

“Good on her, no body admires her [Queen Elizabeth] more than the Australia Republic Movement. It’s not about her, it’s about us,” Pete told Sylvia.

Many are already saying Peter’s justification for why we need to make the big switch has changed their minds.

“It would give us a basic sense of dignity and pride,” Peter said. “Australian children can be anything they want in the world, up to an astronaut, but there’s one thing they can’t be because they’re specifically banned from being, they can’t be the Australian head of state.

“Doesn’t it strike you as strange that the position of an Australia head of state is reserved for one English family living on the other side of the world?

“Call us crazy but we think that’s a bit odd for the 21st century!”

How do you feel about this issue?

Do you think we should become a republic? Or should we remain part of the Commonwealth?

  1. Dennis gillespie  

    So right…NZ needs to Front up…and do the same….how long g are we going to live in the past and hang onto Mother England’s Apron Strings

  2. Janice Campbell  

    NO NO NO We don’t want to change. Spend the money (which would be huge) on something we really do need to change.

  3. Elizabeth Johnson  

    Yes yes so true Peter well before time time for Australia to grow up

  4. NO NO NO. there is too much respect for the Queen from so many Australians, why is this you may ask. It is because we can a least look up to the royal family with respect and know that she will feel the same about us. Who have we got to represent Australia, no one. The way things are going here we are a laughing stock, can not even get the country united, so how the hell can you have a republic. Would we stay Australian, there are so many refugees coming in, they make us look foreigners in our own country. Definitely NO to a Republic.

  5. Guy Flavell  

    Australia becoming a republic? Not a hope in hades !!! Wills, Kate, Harry, Fred and Mary have demolished
    the republican movement in this country for generations to come. Plus, the dopey Republican advocates
    haven’t even got the slightest idea on modelling a sensible structure … apart from recommending one of their
    political stooges for ‘El Presidente’.

  6. Phil Akers  

    NO NO NO.
    While our current system isn’t perfect, it is a good system. Every country that has dumped the Monarchy has had problems. One must ask themselves, will I make anymore money if we become a Republic? Answer is no, but it will cost the taxpayers more. I don’t feel any less Australian because of the Monarchy. Labor and the lefties just can’t get over 1975. The other reason why this won’t happen is because the Politicians want the Head Of State to be appointed by them, but the people want to have their say. If it is not broken, then don’t try and fix it. Peter Fitzsimons is a lefty loud mouth who is not in touch with reality. Australia is a great country, and despite a few fools who complain, was built under our current system. This subject is boring and let’s not bring it up again.

  7. davo  

    what would you expect from a broken down footballer was even much good at that..iF he wants it so bad ,let him tell us how it would work.Then don’t complain when it goes pear shape.Typical left wing retard.

  8. Marilyn  

    Instead of worrying about removing the Queen as head of state how about we spend all the money it would take to fix our own political system. A good place to begin would be making much of the system federal instead of different in every state

  9. Roy Bridges  

    What a Joke,waste of time and money go away Peter , !

  10. Diandra  

    No…..leave it as it is. If it ain’t broken don’t fix it. Have to wonder if there is not some hidden agenda with these that push for a republic.

    • vic roby  

      I agree with all the Pro Royalists..WHY do we have to listen to people such as Peter FitzSimons with or without his pathetic bandanna.
      Do we really want to go the way of the USA and have a president or stay like Canada and have a prime minister and a head of state rep?
      We could have a referendum, but that would cost a lot of money which could be spent elsewhere and, any referendum would almost definitely show that the majority of voters (the silent majority) would prefer to stay as we are.

      • vic roby  

        And…Peter FitzSimons says “We no longer know those words (to the God Save The Queen anthem), we’ve moved on we’re in the 21st century,” but honestly…who can recite our Advance Australia Fair anthem??

  11. Ann Urch  

    Being a member of the commonwealth and being a republic are not mutually exclusive. A country can a republic and a member of the commonwealth

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