Inquiry into an Australian Republic
Report - Tabled 31 August 2004
On 26 June 2003, the Senate referred the Inquiry into an Australian
Republic to the Senate
Legal and Constitutional References Committee.
The Committee has determined to report by
the end of August 2004.
(a) the most appropriate process for moving towards the establishment
of an Australian republic with an Australian Head of State; and
(b) alternative models for an Australian republic, with specific
(i) the functions and powers of the Head of State
(ii) the method of selection and removal of the Head of State,
(iii) the relationship of the Head of State with the executive,
the parliament and the judiciary.
The committee is also required to facilitate wide community participation
in this inquiry by conducting public hearings throughout Australia, including
in rural and regional areas.
The closing date for lodgement of submissions with the
Committee is 31 March 2004. Submissions become Committee documents and are
only made public after a decision by the Committee. Unauthorised release of
submissions is not covered by parliamentary privilege. Further assistance
can be obtained by phoning the secretariat on (02) 6277 3560.
The Committee encourages the lodgement of submissions
in electronic form to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure that a postal address and phone
number is enclosed with all email submissions.
Submissions may also be faxed to (02) 6277 5794.
The Committee has issued a discussion paper to facilitate
and focus debate. The discussion paper can be accessed by clicking (PDF 284KB) or (Word 250KB).
Copies of the discussion paper can be requested by
phoning (02) 6277 3560 or emailing email@example.com.
Please note that the originally proposed Darwin Hearing of the 30 June
2004 has been cancelled and the previously scheduled Townsville Hearing
of the 29 June 2004 will now be held in Brisbane.
For further information
Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee
Room S1.61, Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone: (02) 6277 3560
Fax: (02) 6277 5794