We'll be able to become a republic at the same time as addressing everyday issues

Of course, there will always be pressing day-to-day issues – no one is saying that becoming a republic will improve hospitals or schools or cut power prices - but that shouldn’t stop us from making the system work better for us.

There are also some practical benefits to change.  Having an Australian as our head of state would help our businesses who compete with English firms that use the monarchy to promote trade and investment.  A republic would also tell the world Australia is strong and independent and makes its own decisions.

Becoming a republic is about having a more democratic and patriotic system for our nation's future. It's important and we should work together to get this done.