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The question asked is:
Now I'd like you to consider three broad possibilities for Australia in regards to a republic. One possibility is to change to a republic with a President who is elected by the people. A second possibility is to change to a republic with a president who is appointed by parliament. And a third possibility is to not change anything, keeping the queen and the Governor-General in their current roles. Which one of these possibilities would you yourself most prefer?
The results for this poll were:
50% - Elected President
32% - No Change
14% - Appointed President
4% - Uncommitted
A later poll had 30%+ of respondents saying they would vote no in the referendum as there was too much uncertainty over the republican model. This was a direct result of the ARM going against public sentiment for a directly elected President and compromising with the political elites for an appointed President.
Andrew Leigh listed in a recent speech
three things opposing Australia becoming a republic, but the Newspoll data suggests that only two aspects of the republican debate need to be publicly taken care of.
One; a republic is not possible until people get to elect their President, and two, that the political elites in Canberra have to be convinced that an elected President is in their interest.
Politicians are easy to take care of, there are well determined mechanisms for influencing their votes and stands; lobbying and public opinion being two well known ones.
Getting republicans to agree on one Constitutional Model with an elected President so that there is a uniform and consistent front on the issue - which matches public opinion - is going to be much harder. Republicanism is rooted in the liberalist tradition,
getting republicans to agree can be like herding cats
Modern republicanism does not require an irritant cause or the rationalistic leap of a revolution - public opinion is already with us. It just becomes us to come up with a suitable model with a directly elected President that minimises tyranny and maximises liberty. In my opinion this inevitably leads to a constitutional model with a separate executive.
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Most Popular Restaurants in Phoenix
Phoenix Eats Out
is the restaurant review site for Phoenix
and Old Town Scottsdale
which lists the modernist and contemporary restaurants, taverns and bars in the greater Phoenix area.
This is the list of the most popular restaurants pages from phoenixeatsout.com that have been viewed the most;
My personal favourite restaurants in Phoenix are AZ88
, Humble Pie
, Orange Table
, The Vig
and others coming close behind. View the complete list with the photo-journalistic style images on phoenixeatsout.com
Most Popular Hikes in Arizona
Arizona is an outdoor state and has lots of hiking in the city and around the state. Phoenix is unusual for most cities in having several large mountains in the center of the city with great hiking. Anyone who comes to Phoenix has to do the Echo Canyon trail on Camelback
and the Summit Hike on Squaw Peak
or Piesta Peak. The views of the city, suburbs and surrounding mountains are wonderful from Camelback and Piesta Peak.
For more experienced hikers there is the McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale that has several difficult and strenuous hikes in Tom's Thumb
and Bell Pass
. Alternatively, you can hike the highest mountain in Arizona. At 12,600 feet Humphrey's Peak
is a long and difficult hike.
Alternate Australian Constitutions
Between 2004 and 2009 this site, southsearepublic.org
, was a constitutional blog based on scoop which focused on Australian and global constitutional issues.
One of the strongest aspects of it was the development of constitutions by those involved in the blog. These constitutions are the outcome:
The constitutions were built using principles from Montesquieu's separation of powers, the enlightnment's universal political rights and the ancient Athenian technology of sortition and choice by lot.
Archives For South Sea Republic
South Sea Republic started in 2004 as an Australian constitutional blog in 2004 based on scoop software. It was an immigrative outgrowth of Kuro5hin. The archives for each year since then;
The articles are ordered by views.
Who Is Cam Riley
I am an Australian living in the United States as a permanent resident.
I am a software developer by trade and mostly work in Java and jump between middleware and front end.
I originally worked in the New York area of the United States in telecommunications before moving to Washington DC and
working in a mix of telecommunications, energy and ITS. I started my own software company before heading out to
Arizona and working with Shutterfly. Since then I have joined a startup in the Phoenix area and am thoroughly enjoying myself.
I do a lot of photography which I post on this website, but also on flickr. I have a photo-journalistic website which lists
the modernist and contemporary restaurants in phoenix. I have a site on the Australian Flying Corps [AFC]
which has been around since the 1990s and which I unfortunately
lost the .org URL to during a life event; however, it is under the www.australianflyingcorps.com
The AFC website has gone through several iterations since the 90s and the two most recent are Australian Flying Corps Archives(2004-2002)
Australian Flying Corps Archives(2002-1999)
which are good places to start.
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