Republic debate reignited with first time appointment of an assistant Minister

The appointment of an Assistant Minister for the Republic is a first in Australian history and has reignited the Republic debate. There’s broad agreement for constitutional reform and recognising indigenous Australians in a preamble and voice to parliament – which is likely to be the priority during the next three years. If successful, the move toward achieving Republic status will be next. The challenges posed by section 128 of the Constitution regarding any changes to be made are well-known. Lessons learned from the failed attempt in 1999 will need to serve as a guide to achieve a positive outcome this time.