The Republic and the End of the States By James Reed
It is interesting how the Australian Republicans are mostly globalists, support the Asianisation of Australia, are crazy about multiculturalism, yet argue that with respect to the republic, well “we” need out own Australian head of state. It is simply inconsistent, since their general globalism, undermines their selective nationalism on this issue. So, there must be a hidden agenda. A recent article by Hal E.P. Colebatch, “How a Republic Would Abolish the States,” Quadrant, January 1, 2019:
https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2019/01-02/how-a-republic-would-abolish-the-states/ gives us some insights.
First, is the centralist philosophy behind the champions of the Republic and state abolition:
“Leftists and radicals hate, or at least oppose, federalism because, like monarchy, it is a block stopping their plans to impose all power and a uniform culture. The same people who wish to abolish the checks and balances of the monarchical system, wish to abolish the checks and balances of federalism—the Senate, which Paul Keating notoriously called “unrepresentative swill”—the states and the High Court in its role as interpreter of the Constitution. They see Australia as a giant “social laboratory”—a place for social engineering on a grand scale. We had something of a foretaste of this with Gough Whitlam, who tried to bypass the states with the Australian Assistance Plan, and to replace the states with “regions” which would be nothing more than the agents of Canberra.”
The problem for Republicans is that the possibility exists that there could be a Commonwealth abolition of the constitutional monarchy, with the states still having the constitutional monarchy survive. Colebatch quotes from the ALP’s F. E. Chamberlain (no, I don’t know who he is either):
“But caution needs to be exercised in considering a republic because the Australian federal system involves sovereign states with ties to the British Monarchy. Thus we could finish up with the confusion of a “Commonwealth” republic made up of states still retaining a Constitutional monarchy under the British Crown. No better argument exists for their abolition. Thus my centralist and republican sentiments form a dichotomy in which both branches complement each other …”
Colebatch goes on to point out that leading republicans have expressed admiration for dictators perhaps because, “something in their psychology makes them yearn to control other people’s lives.” It is true; the globalists are obsessed with planning and central control, whither they are from the Left or the Right. Eliminating the states is a key part of the ALP’s policy agenda. But, be sure the degenerate Libs would go along for the ride. Overall, an excellent paper warning us of the dangers of the republic, something which the ALP will be championing, sooner than we might think.