Well yes as you pointed out we did have a referendum......that was fixed for the monarchist ideals of the Australian Liberal party. The result of the republic referendum denied the country its ascension to adulthood and tells us that we are not up to the task of managing our own affairs. It tells the world we don't trust ourselves, which leaves me with much admiration for other nations that have taken to arms to declare their independence,and yet we have been unwilling in a free vote to break from our colonial past.
You see, we had an opportunity to honour those who have sacrificed so much in making Australia what it is today, by striding towards the future. Instead we stood on stage and allowed the world to see us unashamedly scurry for the apron strings of mother England. The Australian film industry has a habit of portraying Australians as ignorant, uneducated, unfazed simpletons. Perhaps our reluctance to let go of the Queen and embrace progression is further testament to this generalisation. Those most resistant to change - the aged, rural Australians - ensured that we were the laughing stock of the Western world.
A little bit of reading, a little bit more passion was not a lot to ask. Instead, our ignorance and apathy have ensured we remain a penal colony. With the rejection of the republic, Australians basically put a curse on themselves . One thing I find interesting is that while voters are not necessarily stupid, they are often uninformed, which can make them apathetic .the outcome of the deliberative poll, in which participants changed their minds after having the issue explained to them, adds to my suspicion. With its attacks on the trustworthiness of parliament, the no case during the republic referendum (sponsored from within the Government) was the greatest single public assault on the worth of its parliamentary system Australia has known. We have been wronged, the country has been wronged so it is time for us to take action and force Howard to have another referendum on the republic with the preferred republic model on it.
The majority of Australians do not want the Queen as the head of state, and isnt the governments role to act on the wider communities beliefs? yes. So going by that the Howard Government could be classified as deaf to the opinion of Australian Society. Now if thats not a government gone wrong i dont know what is.
Fighting for the glory of the Australian Republic.