Why Australia won’t get rid of the monarchy for another generation BECAUSE the Queen has died, according to a proud republican… despite King Charles ‘talking to plants’ – so do you agree?
- Monarchy has become a ‘permanent part of our governance’ under the Queen
- One Nation MP makes a prediction for how a republic referendum would fare
- The monarchist side will base its campaign around the Queen, Mr Latham said
- And the campaign will work, he said, even though he’s not a fan of King Charles
- Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s passing
Australia is at least a generation away from becoming a republic due to the love shown for the monarchy after the Queen’s death, One Nation NSW leader Mark Latham has claimed.
Mr Latham said the nation had witnessed a ‘phenomenal outpouring of grief and respect for someone who over 70 years seemingly has entrenched the monarchy as a permanent part of our governance arrangements.’
With Prime Minister Anthony Albanese having previously promised a republic referendum if Labor is reelected in 2025 – Mr Latham predicted Queen Elizabeth II would be the ‘No’ campaign’s secret weapon.
‘If you’re running a monarchist campaign on a republic referendum you’d base it on advertising around the Queen.
‘You’d be foolish not to.’
Mr Latham’s comments come despite him not being a big fan of the new king.
One Nation’s Mark Latham said there has been ‘a phenomenal outpouring of grief and respect’ for the Queen (pictured)
‘We don’t really know how Charles is going to shape up. He’s way too woke for me, talking to plants and all this sort of thing.
‘I wonder where his head is at, but if you’re going to run the monarchist campaign in a referendum you’d base it the memory of the Queen,’ he said.
Mr Latham said the outpouring of support for the monarchy won’t fade any time soon, regardless of how King Charles III rules.
‘I think this is a once in a decade experience that people will remember where they were when they heard the news (of the Queen’s death) and how they felt about it.
‘It’s up there with the Moon landing, September 11, Diana’s death, Kennedy’s assassination. These are all landmark events in the age of the mass media.
‘You can add the passing and grieving for Queen Elizabeth II to that list. I don’t think it’s going to be easily forgotten or just fade away into history,’ he said.
‘It’s one of those things that gets embedded in people’s minds. Love and respect for the Queen will obviously have an affect on future debate about the republic.’
Mark Latham (pictured) is not a big fan of King Charles, saying ‘He’s way too woke for me, talking to plants and all this sort of thing’
Mr Latham also had a go at how the republic campaign is run.
‘Could anyone really have any confidence in this republican movement led by Peter FitzSimons, the red pirate,’ he said – referring to the bandana Mr FitzSimons wears.
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He added that the republican movement is ‘fundamentally split’ over what model of electing a president should to be taken to a referendum.
‘The elites who run the republican movement don’t like the direct election model.
‘They said they didn’t want Shane Warne to end up president when he was alive. I suppose they wouldn’t want Nick Kyrgios or someone like that now,’ Mr Latham said.
He said for a vote to have an Australian president as head of state to pass, it must lead to a direct election model, but claimed ‘the elites don’t want to do that.’
‘The elites only ever want to manipulate and control the process – like every state parliament nominating a presidential candidate – but that’s never going to fly.
‘People don’t trust the politicians to do this. People want a direct say,’ he said.
Ultimately, Mr Latham said there are ‘three big factors’ dooming the possibility of an Australian republic for a very long time.
Pictured is a tweet from One Nation MP Mark Latham, saying the republican movement is doomed for a generation at least
Lisa Wilkinson (left) is pictured with her husband Peter FitzSimons, who is the chair of the Australian Republic Movement. Mark Latham calls FitzSimons ‘the red pirate’ due to the distinctive bandana he often wears
‘You’ve got the current period of grieving for the Queen and the incredible high regard in which she’s held.
‘You’ve got FitzSimons there who as a strategist, you wouldn’t feed him.
‘And you’ve got the fundamental division in the republican movement, where they can never hit upon a popular model that’s likely to be successful,’ he said.
Despite his views on the campaign, Mr Latham himself is a republican. ‘I wish we had a republic, but I just don’t see, as a political realist, how it’s going to fly,’ he said.
And for those complaining that there has been too much media coverage of the Queen’s death in Australia, he has a very simple message.
‘It’s saturation coverage, but it’s saturation coverage because of the public sentiment,’ he said.
Peter FitzSimons has been contacted for comment.
King Charles III (left) is pictured with Camilla, Queen Consort on September 13, 2022, during their visit to Northern Ireland
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