An Australian Republic: Future Prospects - hosted by Monash Clayton Republic Club, Melbourne University Republic Club and the Progressive Law Network

The Australian Republic Is one of the defining issues in modern Australia and has been the subject of increased media attention.

The prospect of an Australian Republic raises many legal and constitutional questions: would a referendum be sufficient? What would it look like? Who would be our head of state? Is it politically feasible? Why did the 1999 referendum fail? 

To shed some light on the issue join us for a free public event with Melbourne University’s Emeritus Professor Laureate Cheryl Saunders AO and Monash University’s Associate Professor Patrick Emerton.

The event will feature a short lecture from each presenter followed by a Q and A session with the audience.

To register for this free event and submit a question for our speakers please fill out this Google Form.


Speaker bios

Cheryl Saunders is a laureate professor emeritus at the Melbourne University Faculty of Law. She is the founding Director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies and an editor of the Public Law Review. Cheryl Saunders was made an officer of the Order of Australia in 1994 for services to law and to public administration. She is also a Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur of France.

Patrick Emerton is a legal theorist whose work deals with fundamental questions of human rights, political organisation and political community, and who has applied these ideas campaigning and working with a range of community organisations on the application of anti-terrorism laws. Patrick also works closely with the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and the Department of Philosophy to explore what human rights protection involves at a conceptual level.