On the important eve of Australia Day, the national holiday when people in the nation reportedly observe the advent of the first fleet of the ships from the UK way back in 1788, political heads in Oz have reportedly indicated that they desire a Republic.
Even as it is considered as a symbolic role, Queen Elizabeth II & the British royal family find wide acceptance in Oz, and when a referendum was conducted in 1999 the people of Australia voted 55% to 45% against a Republic.
But, at present, 7 of the 8 State chiefs have reportedly inked a statement calling for an Australian head of state to substitute the Queen. Colin Barnett, Western Premier, did not put his signature of the e paper, declaring that though he supports a Republic, he does not believe it is the correct time for the purpose.
Several people in Down Under think that when the Queen dies, she will be 90 this year; it could be a rather good time for a change. Still, the Australian Republican Movement (ARM) crusades for change sooner than later.
But, there is proof that most Australians do not support change. The last countrywide poll in 2014 discovered that only 42% are in the support of the concept of a Republic. Numerous also believe bypassing the Queen would be rude in a year when she becomes 90 years old.
But those who support the change claim that more and more people understand that in the 21st century it is preposterous for the nation to discover Australian heads of state from one family of un-voted English aristocrats residing in a palace in the UK capital, London.
Still, it is also claimed that there is no extensive public support for substituting the monarchy even as a petition for change collected only more than 4,000 signatures and so does not have robust public backing. Further, Australia day should be a day of national celebration, not splitting up. Politicians are in favor of a republic so that they get to enjoy extra power and weight.
In the meantime, the talk of the town is doubtful to be about the Queen as a large number of the nationals have a day off and rejoice--whether they are conscious of it or not, the day the nation became a monarchy.
There will be beach tours, barbeques, fairs, fiesta and citizenship rituals where the nation’s newest citizens guarantee their loyalty to a nation they have decided to reside and do a job in. It is also a day when the nationals are motivated to commemorate the unique diversity of a country where nearly 50% of the country were born out-of-the-country.
Talking of the Australia Day and the likely celebrations on the occasion, over 16,000 persons from 154 different nations acquired the citizenship of the country at roughly 400 citizenship ceremonies all over the county to observe the Australia Day.
On the occasion, Peter Dutton, the in-office Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), congratulated the newest nationals as they allegedly vowed their allegiance and commitment to Australia.
Dutton stated that Australia Day proffers the chance for every Australian to honestly think what it really denotes to be Australian. The minister also applauded every new citizen and pointed-out that the observances bring societies together in regional and metropolitan Australian and unites them with one link.
He added that the Australians publicly and respectfully express their national pride, observe their shared values and recommit their resolve to make the country an even better place for the coming generations. He further that the Australia Day is an opportunity to come together, stand united in the Australian democratic beliefs and values, and recognize the value of what it denotes to acquire the citizenship of Australia.
Significantly, the newest citizens join over five million others who have decided to acquire the nation’s citizenship since the first service organized way back in 1949.