Kevin Rudd, in his first official visit to Britain since becoming Prime Minister in November, said: “Once a Republican, always a Republican.”
Mr Rudd, who was speaking at Downing Street where he met UK PM Gordon Brown, said that a referendum on the monarchy was not a priority. But he added: “I’m a life-long republican. It’s absolutely clear in the Australian Labour Party platform that’s where we intend to go.”
I also honour the commitments I made before the last election when asked this – I said for us it is not a top order question. We have other fish to fry right now in terms of priorities back home,” he said at the joint press conference with Mr Brown at Downing Street.
He said the relationship between the two countries was in “first class working order” and he believed the nations could be a “force for good” in the world.
Buckingham Palace, while publicly relaxed about Mr Rudd’s comments, is already concerned that the relevance of the Queen, as Australia’s head of state, is diminishing among the younger generations.
While public sentiment towards her is still strong, opinion polls suggest the majority of Australians would support the establishment of a republic. In 2000 the Queen acknowledged the debate and said that it was up to Australians to decide on the future of the monarchy.
Personally, I think this will be a good thing. I know for many Born And Bread Aussies being independent from the UK and its monarchy will be seen as a good thing to.
Australia is a very independent country, as are it’s people and I think it’s about time that they are treated as such.
Our links to the UK are an historical one, Australia is finally recognising the errors of its ways in the treatment of Australia’s Aboriginal founders, It’s probably about time the link back to the ‘mother country’ is finally cut to?
Just my $0.02 anyway 8)