Here is a summarized version of the model for a republic, along with the benefits and objections associated with it:
- The model proposes an elected head of State, replacing the monarchy while preserving the Crown of Australia.
- Governors-General and State Governors retain reserve powers, appointed by the head of State on the Prime Minister’s and Premier’s advice, respectively.
- The directly elected head of State’s short one-year term ensures no political rivalry with the Prime Minister.
- Conventions prevent the head of State from engaging in politics; election campaigns remain apolitical.
- Candidates and electorate are based on states and Territories, ensuring a focus on regional representation.
- The model maintains the Australian Federation, the Westminster system, and the unity of one head of State.
- Supporters of a direct election republic benefit from having an elected head of State.
- Supporters of a Parliamentary Appointed republic retain a Governor-General with reserve powers and a short, apolitical term for the head of state.
- Conservatives favour maintaining the Crown, Australian Federation, and Westminster system.
- Monarchists find continuity in the model, preserving conventions and stability.
- The model can adapt to a declining monarchy and offers a democratic alternative.
- There might be concerns about the one-year term’s stability and perceived inexperience.
- The model counters this objection by focusing on ceremonial roles, community engagement, and symbolizing unity.
- The role of the elected head of State is not intended to be presidential; it complements the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
- The model anticipates a new generation of leaders emerging and emphasizes engagement beyond the term.
- States have equal representation in the head of State role, promoting a successful referendum outcome.
- Utilizing the well-established Australian of the Year Awards framework makes the election process accessible.
- The model promotes gender equality by alternating between male and female heads of State.
- It separates the Crown from the monarchy and aligns the democratic process with Australia’s values.
- Voter impact is minimal, with only one head of State election in seven years, alongside federal and state elections.