Proving they’re not ashamed to play the folksey charm card, the Australian Republican Movement have launched their "Support a Mate for Head of State" day on Saturday 22 January. Details about the various state and territory events (scheduled in every capital city except Darwin) over the fold.

LAUNCH at Sydney Institute – A Mate for Head of State? Why Australia Needs One
Guest speakers: JOHN BELL (BELL Shakespeare), KATHY BAIL (Editor, The Bulletin) & GERARD HENDERSON (Executive Director, The Sydney Institute)
Date: Wednesday 18 January 2006
Time: 5:00 for 5.30pm
Venue: Museum of Sydney Theatrette
Address: Cnr Phillip & Bridge Street, Sydney
RSVPs: Bookings from 4 January 2006 only, via Ph 02 9252 3366 or Fax 02 9252 3360 or email mail@thesydneyinstitute.com.au
Cost: Associates: Free, Associates’ Partners: Free, Students: $5, Others: $10

Mornington Peninsula ~ Lunch at Barrymore Estate, featuring Bluegrass Band ‘Wombat Mountain Boys’
Date: Sunday 22 January 2006
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Venue: Barrymore Estate (Winery)
Address: Tuerong Road, Tuerong, Mornington Peninsula
Cost: $35 adults / $10 children. Includes lunch, free wine tasting and band
RSVP: Graham McBride Phone: 0400 606 904

Perth ~ BBQ breakfast on the Banks of the Swan River
Date: Sunday 22 January 2006
Time: 9-11am
Location: Burswood Picnic area, near BBQs
Further info: Julie 0408 905 302 or Alex 9399 2581

Brisbane ~ Sausage Sizzle at New Farm Park
Date: Sunday 22 January 2006
Time: 9:30am-11:30am
Further info: David 0407 363 368

Canberra ~ Picnic lunch at Commonwealth Place, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin
Date: Sunday 22 January 2006
Time: 12:00 noon
BYO picnic and drinks

Sydney ~ Beachside Brunch & Sausage Sizzle at North Bondi Beach
Date: Sunday 22 January 2006
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Biddigal Reserve, Ramsgate Avenue North Bondi (north end of Bondi Beach)

Hobart ~ Pub celebration
Date: Sunday 22 January 2006
Time: 1pm
Venue: Republic Bar & Café, 299 Elizabeth St North Hobart
Further info: Lisa Singh 0438 380 988

Adelaide ~ Australiana trivia at the pub
Date: Sunday 22 January 2006
Time: 3pm-5pm
Venue: Osmond Room, Arkaba Hotel
Address: 150 Glen Osmond Rd, Fullarton
Further info: Shanon 0434 436 084

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4 Responses to Avarepublicyamug

  1. Sinclair Davidson says:

    Maybe Canberra could be its own republic?

  2. I attended the launch of ‘mate for a head of state’ at the Museum of Sydney/The Sydney Institute on Wednesday 18th January. The speakers, Gerard Henderson, Kathy Bail and John Bell were professional in rallying for the cause.

    On some points of detail asked by questioners, the speakers seems a little caught short. This is because the ARM supports a plebicite where the people choose the republic.

    Preferring a directly-elected, independent but principly ceremonial Head of State, it is likely that a model that replaces the Queen and leaves the Governors as constitutional watchdogs will be preferred. The Honorary President Republican Model is one of several such proposals.

  3. Andrew Leigh says:

    David, this must be is a really hard time for the ARM. Everyone has their own vision for what a good Republic would look like, but it’s pretty clear that the only strategy that will now succeed is one that first gets an in-principle agreement to a Republic.

  4. Andrew, I disagree. The no vote was mainly because people didnt trust Canberra or the professional politicians to tamper with the system. Australians are republican, IIRC it was about 70% for it before the professional politicians got involved. They also want to be involved. I don’t think ARM’s mono-issue pursuit of it is the answer.

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