Referendum Down Under

James N. Stewart jnstewart at
Tue Nov 9 05:47:23 MST 1999

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Subject: Re: Referendum Down Under

> >Why though did the Republic fail? It is inconceivable that a modern
> >nation like
> >Australia would vote *for* the Windsor family.
>   Not at all. The question was absurd -- stick with the way things are
> now; or have a president that is voted in by the parliament, who can
> be sacked by the PM. What kind of nonsense is that? It takes a great
> deal of political confidence to vote for something so backward and
> stupid; a confidence that most people (about 60%) do not have.

It's the classic example of a conservative reform;  fire the qqueen, but
keep her representatives under a new cover.  As near as I could tell the
proposal was to supply a presidents in the form of the old G. G.

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