About Us

Australia is the best country in the world, well and truly ready to stand on its own two feet. We deserve to have our own head of state that will always put Australia first.

Right now, our head of state is a foreign monarch who rules by birthright, not merit. They live on the other side of the world yet are entitled to veto any law that our democratically elected parliament makes. It’s fundamentally unfair, undemocratic and undignified for Australians to be subservient to a foreign monarch. We need a head of state that reflects our Australian values – an Australian who understands and represents us.

We’ve been ready for this for a long time – it’s already overdue. As an independent nation, we should be in control of our own destiny - right now. We shouldn’t have to ask any foreign leader for permission to do what’s best for our country. The Australian Republic Movement is building a strong, grassroots driven campaign calling for a national vote by 2020 to give Australia its own head of state. 

In every state and territory as well as federally, our Premiers, Chief Ministers and Prime Minister support having an Australian as head of state.

However, Malcolm Turnbull has said that: "the republic issue cannot belong to a politician, it's got to be a genuine popular movement."

The Australian Republic Movement agrees - and that is why it is so important that you join now.

Our movement

ARM Executive

Peter FitzSimons

Chair

Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, and a busy events and motivational speaker. He is the aut... Continue reading
Michael Cooney

National Director and CEO

Michael was appointed National Director and CEO of the Australian Republic Movement in May 2017, after serving as the Executive Director ... Continue reading
Michelle Wood

Senior Deputy Chair

Michelle Wood has spent over 15 years working in public affairs, marketing and communications both in Australia and overseas. As the Aust... Continue reading
Tully Fletcher

Treasurer/Secretary

Tully Fletcher is a senior adviser to the Attorney-General in the Victorian State Government. He was previously an Associate to a Judge o... Continue reading
Piers Grove

Junior Deputy Chair

Piers is an entrepreneur, activist and producer.  Piers is the co-founder and Executive Director of EnergyLab and sits on the investment ... Continue reading

ARM National Committee

Stephen Dametto

NSW Branch Convenor

Stephen has been a long-time member of the ARM and has been the NSW Convener since November 2009 having previously served on the NSW comm... Continue reading
Sashi Balaraman

Victorian Branch Convenor

Sashi Balaraman is the Victorian Convenor of the Australian Republican Movement and a member of the National Committee. Sashi has been a ... Continue reading
Glenn Davies

Queensland Branch Convenor

Dr Glenn Davies was raised and educated in the north Queensland goldfield community of Charters Towers. He is currently Head of Social Sc... Continue reading
Aaron Hill

South Australian Branch Convenor

Aaron Hill has been a republican since Year 2, when he took up the fight for an Australian head of state in a class debate, going on to j... Continue reading
Angela Wilson

Tasmanian Branch Convenor

A passionate Australian Republican from a very young age, Angela began campaigning for a republic at high school by giving a speech to a ... Continue reading
Phillip Moore

ACT Branch Convenor

Phillip Moore is the ACT Convenor of the Australian Republican Movement and a member of the National Committee. Phillip is retired with e... Continue reading
Matt Martyn-Jones

General Member

A long-time supporter of the ARM, Matt has 20 years’ experience in media, government and the corporate sector. 
Jason Yat-Sen Li

General Member

Jason been a passionate republican since the establishment of the ARM. He was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and was a membe... Continue reading
Jessica Lindell

General Member

Jessica is a strategic communications and government professional with diverse international experience in government and the private sec... Continue reading
Alice Crawford

General Member

Alice joins the National Committee having served as Deputy Convenor of the Victorian Chapter of the ARM in 2016. Alice is an enthusiastic... Continue reading
Charlotte Barclay

Youth Convenor

Charlotte Barclay is the Youth Convenor of the Australian Republican Movement. Currently an advisor in the ACT Government, she is a previ... Continue reading
Allison Henry

General Member

Allison Henry is a lifelong republican and has been an active member of the ARM for nearly two decades. She was involved in Sydney’s Inne... Continue reading
Will Fowles

General Member

Will Fowles first got involved in the ARM in 1997, and was elected National Youth Convenor in 2001. No longer youthful, he returned to th... Continue reading

ARM National Office

Sandy Biar

Campaign Director and Deputy National Director

Sandy took on the National Campaign Director role with the ARM from September 2016. Sandy has more than a decade of political campaign ex... Continue reading
Zoe Bowman

Executive Officer

Zoe is a campaign and communications specialist with 20 years’ experience across the non-profit, public and educational sectors. She is a... Continue reading
David McGregor

National Organiser

David McGregor is the National Organiser at the Australian Republic Movement. He was previously the National Digital & Campaigns Offi... Continue reading

Our Foundation

The Australian Republic Movement was established in 1991 with the following declaration:

We, as Australians, united in one indissoluble Commonwealth, affirm our allegiance to the nation and people of Australia.

We assert that the freedom and unity of Australia must derive its strength from the will of its people.

We believe that the harmonious development of the Australian community demands that the allegiance of Australians must be fixed wholly within and upon Australia and Australian institutions.

We therefore propose, as a great national goal for Australia - AUSTRALIA SHALL BECOME AN INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC.

We the undersigned Foundation Members now pledge our best endeavours to this goal:

  • Tom Keneally AO
  • Geoffrey Dutton AO
  • Prof Donald Horne AO
  • Jenny Kee
  • Dr Franco Belgiorno-Nettis CBE AM
  • The Hon Franca Arena MLC
  • Faith Bandler AM
  • Mark Day
  • Geraldine Doogue
  • Colin Lanceley AO
  • Harry Seidler AC OBE
  • Malcolm Turnbull
  • David Williamson AO
  • The Hon Neville Wran AC QC 

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