In 1999, the Australian Government
conducted a national vote regarding the decision
to break our ties with the British monarchy and become a republic
. 51% voted "No". Obviously, they were all staunch monarchist
s. Yes. Every single person who voted "No" valued the Queen of England
's position in our society so highly that they believed she should not be shaken from that position.
Let me share something about Australian culture with you, o gentle noder. The Queen does very little here. Every few years she visits the country. Her face is on our legal currency. Her flag is incorporated into our flag
. We appoint a Governor-General
to interface with her. Technically we aren't truly dependent on the British monarchy as we are, and the only real difference between Australia as it is and Australia as a republic
. Consequently, those relevant aesthetics would need to be changed as a result of this changeover. This could be costly.
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it"
: nothing is technically wrong with the way Australia continues to function. In 1999, 51% of our adult populace was branded "staunch monarchist" for looking at this political and aesthetic overhaul of our country and deeming it unworthy of the effort and expenditure
involved. And 49% of our adult populace said "Yes" to eliminating our (practically non-existent) relationship with the Queen
, presumably, just for the hell of it