Labor’s $160m plan for republic plebiscite

Australia

Labor has plans for an $160 million national plebiscite on the issue of Australia becoming a republic in its first term of government.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has approved the funding plan for a public ballot, not a postal vote, in parliament’s next term, Fairfax Media reports.

Labor spokesman for an Australian head of state Matt Thistlethwaite says the issue probably isn’t a top priority for the average Australian right now and he understands that.

“We’re not saying it’s the most important issue but we are saying that if we are elected at the next election, it’s one of the issues that Labor will attempt to deal with during our first term,” he told Fairfax.

Last month, an independent survey of 1000 Australians commissioned by the Australian Republic Movement found 52.4 per cent want a republic.

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