Plebiscite for an Australian Republic Bill 2008

Plebiscite for an Australian Republic Bill 2008

15 June 2009

© Commonwealth of Australia 2009
ISBN 978-1-74229-118-5

View the report as a single document - (PDF 685KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the Committee (PDF 216KB)
Recommendations (PDF 5KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 229KB)

The Plebiscite for an Australian Republic Bill 2008
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report
Note on references

Chapter 2 - Historical Overview (PDF 285KB)
Chapter 3 - Arguments for a plebiscite on an Australian republic (PDF 289KB)

A plebiscite enables public engagement with the republic debate
Community education and a clear process for national consideration
Constitutional ramifications
Estimated costs and timing
The plebiscite question

Chapter 4 - Arguments against a plebiscite on an Australian republic (PDF 291KB)

A 'vote of no confidence' in the current constitutional model
A 'glorified opinion poll'
Potential consequences of a plebiscite
'Ambiguity' of the question
What republic model?
Estimated costs and timing
Concerns regarding information dissemination and awareness raising

Chapter 5 - The Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 (PDF 225KB)
Chapter 6 - The committee's conclusions (PDF 221KB)
Additional Comments (PDF 257KB)
Appendix 1 - List of submissions, tabled documents and other additional information authorised for publication by the committee (PDF 54KB)

Additional information

Appendix 2 - Witnesses who appeared before the Committee at the public hearing (PDF 219KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Finance and Public Administration
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3439
Fax: +61 2 6277 5809