25th Feb, 2016
Our friend, and Chair of the Australian Republican Movement, Peter FitzSimons, wrote to me, exhorting Australians of Indian heritage, to join and support Australian Republican Movement.
I am a staunch Republican, and know, from my interactions & discussions, that a great majority of members from Indian Australian community are Republicans too.
You can start showing your support with signing this petition. https://www.change.org/p/australia-deserves-an-australian-head-of-state
Remember that India opted for one of its own to become the President of India, instead of having the British Monarch as the Head of the nation at the time of its independence on 15th August, 1947.
It’s about time!
Peter FitzSimons wrote;
I write to you now as Chair of the Australian Republican Movement, though some call us “BUTTER” because we are on a “ROLL!”
We Australian republicans received some wonderful news over the weekend with Newspoll indicating that support for an Australian Head of State had jumped to 51 per cent!
A majority of Australians now support the historic move toward a republic and we’ve barely even started campaigning yet. You beauty!
There is, of course, plenty of work still to be done. One area in particular that the Australian Republican Movement is looking to improve upon is in the diversity of our support.
One of the best arguments we have going for us is the fact that our system of government should, in every facet, reflect the multicultural, cosmopolitan nation we have become. To make this case even more powerful – we need to ensure that the ARM’s own supporter base reflects Australia in all its brilliant diversity.
This is where you come in.
Anecdotally, we know that the Indian community is one of the most, if not the most, proudly republican communities in the country. And why wouldn’t you be? With a thriving democratic tradition, borne of one of the world’s most famous and successful independence movements, India has become the kind of mature and free-standing republic that we can all be rightly proud of.
It is exactly this kind of success story that we are trying to emulate now. I often like to say that to win their republics, the French had to storm the Bastille and the Americans had to forge the Delaware River to take on the Brits. I should add to this the fact that Gandhi and his followers had to march 400 kilometres from Ahmedabad to Dandi and endure many other privations . . .
We Australians only have to get up off the couch and get involved!
And this is what I am asking of you today. If you really believe in the injustice of hereditary rule, if you really believe that a nation can only be truly great with one of its own as Head of State, then JOIN US at https://goo.gl/jVwReA
Let’s show our fellow Australians that the republican cause derives its supports from all corners of this wide, brown land and from all backgrounds and walks of life.
Peter FitzSimons AM
Dr Yadu Singh