Report on the Launching of the Campaign for a Queensland State Republic
by Peter Consandine
March, 2016 was the month when the Australian Republic-by-Default Campaign continued in earnest with a cohesive, on-the-ground effort in South East Queensland following on from the ‘Test Runs’ in the Island State of Tasmania in October, 2014, in Victoria in January, 2015 and in Western Australia in March, 2015.
The inaugural Committee Meeting was held in the ‘Eureka’ Room of the Hub Restaurant at Ashgrove (inner-suburban Brisbane) 7 March, 2016 and it signed off – APPROVINGLY – on the following resolutions:
(1) The prepared petitions for (a) A Republic for the State of Queensland and (b) Popular Election of the Queensland State Governor – a complementary petition to the first petition.
(2) The colourful, attention-getting sign: ‘The REPUBLIC of QUEENSLAND – How About It?’
(3) The next Get-Together to be, as far as practicable, in the second half of 2016 at the same venue.
(4) The need to do soundings in the meantime to gain important imprimatur, respectability and entity per Sponsorship.
(5) The need to plump for publicity for The Cause – but ONLY once the petitions [plural] go on-line.
(6) The paramount importance of the Australian Republic-by-Default Campaign carrying on through to – and inclusive of – the next Federal Senate election and (then) beyond.
(7) The Queensland Committeepersons to decide the next steps (the ‘Pathways’, indeed) in this State at the next Committee meeting.
(8) The next Commonwealth Census being set down for 2016 (post Convention #30), that the usual 5-yearly survey of Federal Conservative (Liberals & Nationals) Parliamentarians take place to guage attitudes to the Australian Republic – with the view to the publishing of the findings.
(9) Peter Consandine appointed to extend his involvement in the Queensland State Republic Campaign so far as ‘The Co-Ordinating Secretary’ until, at least, the next Committee meeting later in 2016.
*This pivotal inaugural Queensland Launch got under way at 6.30pm and ended at 8pm just as a ‘police incident’ in the adjoining house [to The Hub restaurant] began. A matter of Good Timing!
**Next Stop: South Australia – in tandem with the 2016 Federal election.