Media Release - Chewing the fat about the republic like it's 1999

Australians are gathering across the nation today as part of the “BBQ for an Australian head of state” campaign in the biggest day of action for a republic since the 1999 referendum.

To mark Wattle Day, the first day of Spring, thousands of locals are chewing the fat about an Aussie head of state at the BBQs and other events being held in all States and Territories.

The series of community catch ups are part of the Australian Republic Movement’s (ARM) national day of action campaign. The “BBQ for an Australian head of state” is helping to fire up conversation about Constitutional change and the new pathway towards an Australian republic.

In backyards, local parks, pubs and shopping malls we will be discussing how we can work together to achieve this important, positive Constitutional reform.

Australia’s head of state should be a person that represents Australians above all other nations - someone we can all be proud of and our kids, and their kids, can aspire to be one day.

Since the 1999 republic referendum a lot has changed in our country. There are now almost 4 million more people on the electoral rolls compared to that time. There is also a new generation of Australians who could not vote at the time of the referendum 19 years ago.

The time is now right for Australians to begin discussing the importance of having one of our own as our head of state.

Labor has pledged to hold a national vote on an Australian head of state during the first term of a Shorten Labor Government.

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