Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says a referendum on Australia’s republication is unlikely to be held during his first term.
Discussion of a republic was revived following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last week, when Green Party leader Adam Bandt called for the postponement within hours.
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However, Albanese said it was too early to discuss changing the country’s system of government.
“Now is not the time to talk about our system of government, now is the time to pay tribute to the life of Queen Elizabeth,” he told ABC.
“That’s the system of government that we have, it’s one that as Australian Prime Minister I have to respect.”
The prime minister brushed aside questions about when the right time to start talks about moving the country away from the constitutional monarchy model.
“This is clearly a time of national mourning,” Albanese said.
“Although the Queen was 96 and had lived such a long life, it still came as a shock. I think that says something about how the Queen was perceived as a constant in our lives.”
Instead, he said a referendum to enshrine an indigenous voice in parliament would be a priority during his first term.
“I couldn’t think of any circumstance where we changed our head of state to an Australian head of state but still didn’t recognize Aborigines in our constitution,” he told the ABC.
“Those are our priorities this season. I made that very clear before the election.”
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Green boss struck via tweet
Meanwhile, Bandt’s call was met with widespread criticism just hours after the Queen’s death was announced.
Green Party leader Adam Bandt added an additional message to his condolences posted on Twitter on Friday morning, urging Australia to “move forward”.
“Rest in Peace Queen Elizabeth II,” he wrote.
“Our thoughts are with her family and everyone who loved her.
“Now Australia has to move forward. We need a treaty with the indigenous people and we need to become a republic.”
Among those who felt Bandt’s tweet was distasteful was former Immigration Secretary Alex Hawke, who described his words as “really ruthless and without any decency.”
“Ignore the feelings of hundreds of millions of people around the world today. Just don’t need it,” he wrote.
However, less than half an hour after the Queen’s death, the Australian Republic Movement (ARM) also released a statement on Twitter to pay “due respect” to “the significant contribution” made by the Queen.
“The Queen supported Australians’ right to become a fully independent nation during the 1999 referendum on an Australian republic, saying she had “always made it clear that the future of the monarchy in Australia was a matter for the monarchy Australian people and they alone to decide, by democratic and constitutional means,” it said.
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