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This Month

The conservatives selling a Voice to Parliament to the right

Could the King and monarchy help Australia’s pathway to a referendum and an Indigenous voice to parliament? Meet the academics and business people who think so.

  • Samantha Hutchinson

Britain’s love of tradition comes at a price

The UK gives its traditions far too much credit. At best, they are innocuous. At worst, they impose a material cost on the nation.

  • Updated
  • Janan Ganesh

Will Northern Ireland be King Charles’ first loss?

For the first time, Catholics outnumber Protestants in Northern Ireland, intensifying debate about the region seceding from the United Kingdom and reunifying Ireland.

  • Updated
  • Megan Specia and Ed O'Loughlin

Australia bids a quiet farewell to a servant leader

At a memorial service in Parliament House, Anthony Albanese and David Hurley remind Australians to learn from the Queen’s example to service and duty.

  • Phillip Coorey

AFR readers back republic but want Charles on the $5 note

Readers of The Australian Financial Review also overwhelmingly called for Star Entertainment to lose its NSW casino licence.

  • Hannah Wootton

A nation shorn of Britishness is still waiting for the republic

Republicans will need to make the case as to why only an Australian head of state can provide the basis of reassurance and belonging for a 21st-century nation.

  • James Curran

Republican movement needs conservative voices to succeed

Leading conservatives, such as former foreign minster Julie Bishop, need to be co-opted by the movement if a renewed push is to succeed, says Greg Barns.

  • Phillip Coorey

Why adulation for the Queen won’t stop the republic

There will be pitfalls and perils on the way, but the wave of emotion after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II has not put an end to the push for an Australian republic.

  • Andrew Clark

Letters: Public holiday fit for a Queen?

Public holiday on Queen’s death, Australia’s constitutional status, chairman backs Qantas CEO, philanthropist Brian Sherman, RBA review, jobs going offshore.

Queen’s death shines light on our system of government: PM

Anthony Albanese has hinted at Australia eventually becoming a republic in the wake of the Queen’s death.

  • Phillip Coorey

Letters: Push for constitutional change

Indigenous Voice and the republic debate, public holidays, King Charles and the environment, Qantas’ busy chairman, financial advice, RBA review.

Letters: Affection, respect and gratitude for the Queen

Outpouring of love for the Queen, prospects of a republic, lack of trust in lawyers, carbon storage, financial advice.

Indigenous voice a ‘greater need’ than a republic, says business

CSL chairman Brian McNamee has backed the prime minister’s decision to pursue Indigenous recognition before a republic.

  • Samantha Hutchinson and Carrie LaFrenz

When Wendy McCarthy was tapped to help Prince Charles’ image problem

In 1993, Prince Charles and his team knew that public opinion in many parts of the world – and particularly in Australia – had sided with Princess Diana.

  • Samantha Hutchinson

The countries in more of a hurry to become a republic than Australia

Some Caribbean nations look set to move quickly, while Canada and New Zealand are echoing Anthony Albanese’s cautious approach.

  • Hans van Leeuwen

Don’t make republican debate about Charles, say Aussies who know him

Australians underestimate the new King’s passion for, and potential value to, their country, say business executives and former politicians.

  • Hans van Leeuwen

In death, Elizabeth shows how much Australia has changed

The Queen was a constant in the life of what is now a very different country. Her passing challenges us to think about how much more we want to change in the future.

  • Laura Tingle


Governor-general apologises for home reno endorsement

David Hurley and his wife Linda appeared in a series of Instagram posts about the renovation project at their four-bedroom home.

  • Georgie Moore and Tom McIlroy

The minister tasked with removing the Crown

Labor has created an assistant minister for the republic, but ruled out holding a referendum to create a republic until it wins a second term.

  • Updated
  • Tom McIlroy


Australia won’t be a republic in my lifetime, says George Brandis

The departing high commissioner to Britain says Prince Charles will make “a very fine head of state for Australia”.

  • Hans van Leeuwen