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In the new Copernican models an Australian head of state is periodically selected to act in a similar role to that of the current ‘Queen of Australia’, whilst also keeping the office of an appointed Governor-General.

The idea with this blog is to provide a public forum to discuss models for an Australian republic.

This blog was started by Robert Vose, a Copernican Republican, in February 2006 in the hope that this will in time become a group blog, if there is enough public interest in the topic. Failing that, I will be posting here on issues relevant mainly to the Australian republic. My personal blog is at http://www.7gs.com/pharoz and it includes a category for republican posts.

A good starting point for this blog is the Inquiry into an Australian Republic by the Senate Legal and Constitutional References and Legislation Committee.

A discussion paper was released in December 2003.

Public submissions to the Inquiry were due by the 31st of March 2004. Over 730 were received.

A series of seven public hearings followed in most capital cities, from 13 April to 29 July, 2004.

And the report The Road to a Republic was tabled in the Senate on 31 August, 2004.

One of the most substantial submissions to the Inquiry was made by David Latimer with the Honorary President Model. He was also asked to participate in the public hearing at Parramatta on the 13th of April.

David read through the other submissions to the Inquiry and identified five other models that shared a similar model structure to his Honorary President Model.

These six Copernican submissions to the Inquiry are (by submission number order):

Submissions 28 ,28A by Professor John Power, Model X

Submissions 105 ,105A by Peter Carden, The Three Tier Model

Submission 126 by David O’Brien, The Sovereignty Model

Submission 322 Part I, Part II by Peter Crayson, The Constitutional Council Model

Submission 480 by Robert Vogler (now Vose), The Egalitarian Republic Model

Submission 519 by David Latimer, The Honorary President Model

David Latimer also had the article The Copernican Constitution about these new models published in the June 2005 edition of Quadrant. This is where the copernican analogy was first used to denote these new models.

Currently there is a page in the Wikipedia on Copernican federalism about these new models, and a number of other articles on Australian republicanism.

That’s where this blog begins…

I will be basing many of the initial categories and topics for a republican model off the Inquiry discussion paper.

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