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What do we want for our Head of State?


“What do we want for our Head of State?”

a conference on the role of the Australian Head of State, both now and into the future

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Date and Venue

Saturday 4 February 2012

Deakin University Melbourne City Centre, Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne




Keynote Speaker: Senator the Hon Lisa Singh


Speakers include:

  • John Power  (Melbourne University) & Harshan Kumarasingham (Humboldt Institute)
  • John Warhust (Australian National University)
  • Glen Patmore (Melbourne University)
  • Anne Twomey (Sydney University)
  • Greg Barns & Henry Pill (Australian Republic Movement)
  • Daniel White (Australian Republic Movement)

Q&A panel with Amanda Vanstone, Jane Garrett MP, Greg Barns



- Our current system of Government

  • Role of the Australian Head of State Now and Into the Future
  • Could a 'Corrective' Head of State provide a viable way of tackling the dual mandate problem

- Comparative Roles of Heads of State

  • Commonwealth Monarchies moving to Republics
  • The Presidency and the Reserve Powers in Commonwealth Republics

- Defining who we are and translating our identity to the Head of State's role

  • Constitutions, Celebrities and Anti-Politics: The Head of State in an Australian Republic
  • The Republic is Coming

- Selecting a Head of State

  • Choosing a Republican Head of State



$50waged / $30unwaged (includes catering)



Simon Bateman, ARM Victorian Convenor
sbateman@netspace.net.au or 0430 283 949


Damien Kingsbury, Deakin University
damien.kingsbury@deakin.edu.au  03 9244 6410




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