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Monday, 27 September 1993
Page: 1158


Senator SANDY MACDONALD —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

    (a)notes that:

          (i)the visit by the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) to England to discuss his objective for Australia to become a Republic with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, was both divisive and improper as he has no mandate for his republican agenda,

          (ii)the attempt by the Prime Minister to bring religion into the debate was highly regressive and thoroughly un-Australian, and

          (iii)our Asian trading partners have no serious interest in our constitutional debate and that inferring that they would be more likely to trade with an Australian Republic has caused bemusement to them and embarrassment to us; and

    (b)re-affirms its support and allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Queen of Australia.