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Bill Shorten 'sells' constitutional monarchy : Comments

By Stephen Cable, published 15/8/2017

Yes, Bill has a republic you just canít pass up, except you have no idea what it looks like, what itíll do and how itíll operate.

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There is nothing like an open-ended constitution change that brings out all the rent seekers.

This is political gamesmanship no more. The proposed changes need to be part of the question.
Posted by Shadow Minister, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 10:08:57 AM
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Nations with monarchies are generally listed as the most equal and pleasant to live, such as Denmark, Norway, Holland. Whereas republics/ statist countries seem chaotic.
Its actually quite weird that Russia hasn't brought back the Romanovs and the French haven't got the Bourbans considering how many great things they built.
Posted by progressive pat, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 10:18:27 AM
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There is no sensible reason for a republic. I imagine any vote now would be much the same as the last one. Constant nagging is no reason to change our minds.
Posted by ttbn, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 11:11:58 AM
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Shadow,
I agree the proposed changes need to be part of the question. But who are these rent seekers you refer to? I can't think of any issue with less opportunity for profit.
Posted by Aidan, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 1:03:58 PM
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Aidan,

A modification to the Constitution of this magnitude would provide all sorts of interest groups an opportunity to permanently guarantee themselves a say in the future Aus. A prime example is the referendum to recognize aboriginals as the first people that has been derailed by interest groups trying to gain special representation and lots more.
Posted by Shadow Minister, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 3:02:31 PM
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Changing to a republic would entail enormous costs, and there would hordes of people wanting to get their snouts in the trough - rent seekers as AC rightly describes them.
Posted by ttbn, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 3:55:24 PM
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