Keating's republic under attack
Friday 27 October 1995
Mr Hayden, a former Labor government minister, and one-time republican himself, has come under fire recently for breaking the convention that the Queen's Australian representative, like the monarch herself, does not comment on public issues. He has made speeches supporting euthanasia, same- sex marriages and free markets, and has been uninhibited in expressing his views about Australia's constitutional future.
In an interview yesterday with the Sydney Morning Herald, Mr Hayden inflamed republicans, who regard him as a turncoat for sounding warning bells against the plan by Paul Keating, the Labor Prime Minister, to hold a referendum on the monarchy by 2001. Mr Hayden directed his main criticism at the government proposal for the Queen to be replaced by a president elected by a two-thirds majority of both houses of the federal parliament.
This, he said, could run into "very serious pitfalls" if the elected president turned out to be a "populist opportunist" who could make the proper process of government "difficult to sustain".
Mr Hayden also referred to an attack on him last week in the Telegraph Mirror, a daily Sydney tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch, which claimed that Mr Hayden's spending on travel and entertaining had become excessive. He rejected the charge, saying that spending had fallen by 3 per cent a year in real terms since he moved into the Governor-General's Canberra residence seven years ago.
He had little doubt that recent attacks on his vice-regal lifestyle were linked to the Labor Party's dismay over his failure to keep his views on a republic to himself. He said: "I'll tell [the Queen] how bitterly unfairly I have been treated."
- 1 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway in dense fog
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway in dense fog
George Clooney and Amal fail to get special treatment at New York restaurant
Cindy Crawford 'un-PhotoShopped' viral Marie Claire image was doctored, photographer claims
'A girl is more responsible for rape than a boy': The statement that shocked the world... except India
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
£35000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leading provider of refrig...
£16000 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a customer focused, pro...
£27000 - £33000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End Devel...
£15000 - £19000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Waterlooville based softwa...