Among other things leadership is about commitment without counting the personal cost and leadership is very definitely about people and their hopes and dreams…
Our national identity and the fulfillment of the hopes and dreams of many Australians are surely worth some effort. We shouldn’t be a society that focuses only on the bottom line. If Australia is going to aspire to be a greater cause for good in the world we should pay attention to our identity and how we are perceived; we should look to the future; we should identify Australian solutions to Australian issues; we shouldn’t be afraid to be Australian. If there are some contentious issues to be addressed to enable us to become a republic surely we have the talented people in Australia to produce effective options. The Australian people are certainly capable of choosing between sensible options.
So what’s stopping us?
…All we need are leaders prepared to commit to a process of consultation with the people in accordance with an agreed timeline. Positive and unifying discussion will lead to the selection of the preferred alternatives. It’s not that hard!
An Australian republic is absolutely desirable but not inevitable without some committed leadership.
Mike Keating is chair of the Australian Republican Movement
You have not even acknowledged reasonable alternatives such as the Copernican Models. The republican movement certainly is aware of this approach, but they have been utterly unwilling to make these models public through the media as part of honest discussion of alternatives. How can we take you at your word that this is only about selecting the most popular options in plebiscites when you will not even acknowledge reasonable alternatives.
PR Management is not Leadership.