Peter Consandine: Australian Grassroots Republican
Peter Consandine founded The Republican Party of Australia [RPA] with 4 other Australian colleagues on 10 January, 1982.
He is the mainstay of The Party – the other 4 having either died or moved on to separate challenges, since.
Peter – as The National Executive Director of The RPA – earnestly believes that Australia must have a discernible national identity and that this ideal can only be possible when we have Australians as Heads-of-State. This indubitably means that Australia must dispense with having aristocrats from another country as representative of US.
Peter is a committed republican and is thereby an arch-advocate of his Fellow-Australians being collectively sovereign when the new (British) Head-of-State either dies or abdicates. However, if the present arrangements cannot or will not – for whatever reason – be changed during this, the 10th monarchical reign, then at the latest in the reign to follow (i.e. the 11th since European settlement).
It is more that 20 years since the first Australian Republican Referendum was defeated in a 45%:55% loss. Peter and The RPA campaigned for the ‘YES’ vote in tandem with the Malcolm Turnbull-led Australian Republican Movement [ARM] back then but he was cognisant that the model for the republic on offer had a major flaw in it apropos the dismissal of the Governors-General, the Representatives of the Monarch.
There is no doubting in Peter’s mind that a more-inclusive model – one, whereby eligible Australian voters directly-elected The Presidency – would have fared better than the so-called ‘Parliamentary Appointment’ model on 6 November, 1999. Peter really does believe that there is every reason why a ‘direct-election’ model for the Presidency will succeed next time around. This is why Peter and his political party steadfastly champions a progressive-inclusivist model – The Presidium – for the Australian Republic. This progressive-inclusivist model may be perused on his party’s website: See Here
Peter is the UNpaid CEO of the Democratic Co-Operative which IS The Republican Party of Australia. In more ways than one Peter is the Chief Conductor of The Republican Party Orchestra which comprises nearly 3000 Players/Members, Australia-wide. Peter ensures that The Party operates on professional business bases and he personally maintains the National Secretariat of the Republican Umbrella Group at Castle Hill NSW 2154.
In the current state-of-play, Peter strongly suggests that because various members of the Royal Family are actually leaving the Establishment in London (known as ‘The Firm’) or are in disputation intra-Family, that the time is right for a withdrawal of Australia’s long-term connection to same.
Peter has instigated a purposeful ‘Republic by Default’ campaign. Peter wishes it known that this grassroots initiative is quite separate from any agenda-setting campaign being waged on or by the re-named Australian Republic Movement [ARM] led formerly by the elitist-caballist Peter FitzSimons (“Fitzy”) – Peter C’s Chief Rival in the Oz Republican scheme of things over the 7+ years 2015-2022. However, a potential new era has begun with the appointment of former Captain Socceroo, Craig Foster, as FITZY‘s replacement (confirmed 15 November, 2022). Peter C has already made positive overtures to his new counterpart. Peter C likes that Craig, in his first coupla days in the Chair is exploring joint chair(man)ship and a prominent female Australian as Co-Chair of the Lobby Group.
Peter Consandine can be engaged to speak/lecture/debate at pre-arranged events/venues. Naturally enough, dates and times and [where applicable] rates need to be negotiated which can, usually, be done without too much ado.
Peter Consandine has already – since the passing of monarch Lilibet – been approached to write the definitive history of Oz Grassroots Republicanism since January, 1982 by a North Coast NSW publisher. Peter Consandine therefore, seeks a Ghost Writer to assist him with the challenging task.