Labor leader Bill Shorten's promise to hold a national vote during the first term of a Labor Government on whether Australia should become a republic has been labelled a political bauble by Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi.
Mr Shorten said he would hold a referendum with a simple yes or no answer to the question, "Do you support an Australian republic with an Australian head of state? 'Yes' or 'No'?"
Critics have labelled the question dangerously simplistic, saying the republican model should be determined first, before a vote on whether or not Australian's want that model. Anything less leaves great uncertainty in how any republic of Australia would function.
Senator Bernardi told Sky News, this is just a political distraction when there are far more important issues that need to be addressed.
Picture: Australian Republic Movement chairman Peter FitzSimons
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