Andrew Fraser is a former journalist who was Queensland bureau chief of a national newspaper and a member of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery during the Hawke-Keating era. He was a political adviser and speechwriter to several Queensland governments and is now a flaneur as well as having two adult sons, both of whom are firm republicans. He believes that an Australian republic is inevitable – will Australia still be a constitutional monarchy in 100 years time? Probably not. So let’s get on with it and make it sooner rather than later.