Friday, September 19, 2014

As Scotland votes in independence referendum, it’s time to ask: should Australia become a republic?

We are young and free... Time to claim our independence too?
We are young and free... Time to claim our independence too? Source: News Limited
 
SCOTS go to the polls today to vote on one simple question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” 

Opinion polls suggest the referendum’s outcome will be tight.

RELATED: Emotions run high as Scots prepare to vote

If the “yes” case succeeds, it will be the first time Scotland has claimed its independence in more than 300 years.

Whatever the outcome, the push for Scottish independence has prompted many to wonder whether Australia ​will ever claim its own independence by becoming a republic.

Should Australia become a republic?
Time to go? Australians are torn about whether to ditch ties to the monarchy. Source: AFP
 
Voters rejected a proposal for Australia to become a republic in a 1999 referendum, largely because the question tied the issue to a prescribed model for the election of a ​p​resident.

news.com.au 18 Sep 2014

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