Address to the National Press Club by ARM Chair Peter FitzSimons - "We're getting the band back together"

Following is the transcript of an address delivered by Peter FitzSimons to the National Press Club in Canberra on 26 August 2015.

Thank you for the warm welcome. I'm delighted to be here. I wanted to begin by saying I am, you are, we are Australians. I feel that and I'm deeply honoured to be asked to address you on such a great Australian occasion, discussing this most important of Australian subjects, and from such a podium as this…

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SA Premier joins ARM in Republic Push

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill and the Australian Republican Movement’s National Chair, Peter FitzSimons AM, are joining forces to call on the Prime Minister to act on an Australian republic.

The Premier and Mr FitzSimons will be discussing the virtues of Australia adopting one of our own as head of state at a breakfast in Adelaide on Tuesday 9 August.

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Australia's new $5 note is a symbolic mess that retains relics of the past for no good reason

Australia woke up on Tuesday to a social calamity. It wasn't the latest musings of a deranged American billionaire, the prospective retirement of one of the last "good guys" of the AFL or even the shocking omission of a swimmer-cum-broadcaster-cum-swimmer from the Australian Olympic team.

Instead, it was the aesthetic, artistic and symbolic mess that is Australia's new $5 note.

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Farewell to ARM Member Dr John Hirst, FASSA

The Australian Republican Movement (ARM) is saddened to learn of the death of long-time member Dr John Hirst. A leading historian and public intellectual, Hirst was a powerful advocate for an Australian republic and served as the inaugural convenor of the ARM in Victoria.

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Statements by Australian State and Territory leaders in support of an Australian Republic

Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory, Andrew Barr

“I believe Australians deserve to have a head of state who is Australian – someone who lives in our country and represents our values and belief. Our ties with the Monarchy continue to reflect a nation of the past. It’s time for us to grow up and stand on our own two feet.”

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Australia deserves an Australian Head of State

In his first interview after becoming Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull made it clear: "The republic issue cannot belong to a politician. It's got to be a genuine popular movement . . ."

He has come to the right place! The Australian Republican Movement is exactly that, but now, all across our brown and pleasant land, we need to demonstrate that fact.

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John Bell's 2015 National Republican Lecture

The ARM is grateful to John Bell, AO, for permission to reproduce his National Republican Lecture, delivered on 13 November 2015 in Sydney.

John Bell is one of the nation’s most illustrious theatre personalities. Award-winning actor, acclaimed director, risk-taking impressario and torch-bearing educationalist, Bell has been a key figure in shaping the nation’s theatrical identity as we know it over the past 50 years. He is the founding Artistic Director of the Bell Shakespeare Company.

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