Monarchists Don't Want An Australian To Be Governor-General

The Prime Minister should immediately guarantee the next Governor-General will be a citizen of Australia and should also rule out a 'captain's call' on the next Governor-General.

Monarchist boss David Flint – who advised former PM Tony Abbott to revive knighthoods, leading to the ‘Sir Prince Phillip’ fiasco – now says Australia’s next Governor-General should be an English royal, The Duke of Sussex - not an Australian citizen.

“There’s no reason why such a person couldn’t be appointed,” Mr Flint said on Sydney radio early today. ((audio at

This is completely out of step with Australian public opinion.  Australia has not had an English Governor-General for more than fifty years. Australia’s first Australian Governor-General was appointed eighty years ago. 

Yet at the moment, it is legally possible: Australia’s constitution doesn’t require that the Governor-General be an Australian citizen.

Monarchists have spent twenty-five years trying to mislead Australians into thinking that Australia's head of state is the Governor-General, an Australian – despite the plain wording of the Constitution and numerous High Court judgments unequivocally confirming it remains the British Monarchy. Now the game is up: monarchists’ true colours are on display.

Mr Flint’s call follows federal Liberal MP Julian Leeser. Last month Mr Leeser told a Lowy Institute debate:  

“Would I support Prince William or Prince Harry becoming governor general? I think we should leave that possibility open.”

Australians currently rely entirely on the Prime Minister’s judgement in the appointment of Governors-General.  

When Governor-General Cosgrove retires in March next year, Mr Morrison will simply advise the Queen who he wants to take the role. It could be Julie Bishop, it could be a British royal, it could be anyone.

In June, ARM National Chair Peter FitzSimons wrote to then-Prime Minister Turnbull proposing that he give Australians a say over the next Governor-General through a vote of the Parliament or of the people. 

We renew that call today.