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Media Release REPUBLIC CONSTITUTION COULD LEAD TO DICTATORSHIP SAYS MONARCHISTS

National Chairman of the Australian Monarchist League, Philip Benwell, pointed out how the proposed Republican Constitution could lead to abuses of power by a future Prime Minister.

"Section 59 of the proposed Constitution" he said "describes how ' The President shall act on the advice o f the Federal Executive Council, the Prime Minister or another Minister o f State'

"Section 61 enables the President who 'shall act on the advice o f the .. Prime Minister..' to: 'appoint any person, or any persons jointly or severally, to he the President’ s deputy or deputies, and in that capacity to exercise during the pleasure o f the President (including while the President is absent from Australia) such powers and functions o f the President as the President thinks fit to assign to such deputy or deputies. ' ยท

Mr Benwell continued: "Whilst there is an elaborate selection process for the President, there is none for his deputy.

"Under the proposed changes the Pnme Minister can even have himself appointed as Deputy President, send the President overseas and assume total power. Whilst it most unlikely to happen in Australia, why allow the possibility at all?”

2 November 1999