Didn't we try this before?

In the 1990s most Australians wanted to make the move to a republic but were divided on how to best select the Head of State, and in the absence of a proper process to resolve those differences, the referendum in 1999 was narrowly defeated nationwide 54.87% to 45.13%.

To resolve this, the Australian Republican Movement proposes that we first vote on the question: "should Australia become a republic?"

After a successful vote on the issue of becoming a republic, all Australians must then be given the right to choose from a range of selection methods for our next Head of State, generated through informed community discussion and proper democratic engagement.

That's why we want to invite everyone to join the conversation.