The alternative to the Queen as head of state is not necessarily a republic. The essential issue is that of indigenousness, not of style of government. It is natural that many Australians want a head of state born and resident in Australia, and speaking and acting like one of themselves. But if a member of the Royal Family were to succeed the Queen as sovereign, to be resident in Canberra, his descendants at least could hardly be spurned by a population composed largely of immigrants. Indeed there are precedents. Norway, for example, on gaining independence from Denmark early this century, chose a Danish prince as king, Haakon VII.
Of course, it may be that the Australian temperament is suited best to the republican style. (A republic in its truest sense, however, is a state without any formal figurehead.) Nevertheless, a just referendum is one that puts all viable options to the referees, particularly if they answer objections on both sides, and not merely stark opposites.
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