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Electing a President - Gough's unfortunate precedent!



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JOHN HOWARD, M.P. MEMBER FOR BENNELONG SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING

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ELECTING A PRESIDENT - COUGH'S UNFORTUNATE PRECEDENT!

Labor's elder statesman Gough Whitlam wants a future President of Australia to be elected by the same procedure which chooses the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate.

That's the system which gave us Leo McLeay!

Such an approach could render the presidency of a republican. Australia as nothing more than another prize of office to be awarded to the dominant political party from time to time,.

Republicans have a dilemma on how to choose a President.

If he or she is chosen by popular vote then the President's authority will challenge that of the Prime Ministers leading to great constitutional instability.

If the Whitlam formula is adopted we could end up with a party hack but without the constraints now applying to the office of Governor - General.

Canberra 1 April 1993

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