It has been ten years since the 1999 Republican referendum failed. Whilst it was ultimately unsuccessful, it has engaged people in a debate that has spanned a decade. Australians seem to want a republic, but there is uncertainty about what kind of republic we want. If we wish to understand the implications and future of republicanism, we need to kw more about it. Choosing the Republic explores how the people in a constitutional monarchy may choose to become a republic, delving into republican philosophy, the history and practicalities of constitutional change, and the politics of popular debate.
Glenn Patmore is a senior lecturer in law at the University of Melbourne and has been admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. A firm supporter of an Australian republic, he is a member of both the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law and the Centre for Comparative Studies.