‘Australia was born in chains and is not yet fully free’ —John Hirst
In this crisp yet comprehensive book, Benjamin T. Jones explores Australia’s long republican history and boldly charts a path to an independent future.
With republicans leading every government around the nation, now is the time to discuss not only why Australia should become a republic, but what kind of republic it should be.
In This Time, Benjamin reveals the fascinating early history of the republican movement of the 1850s and its larger-than-life characters. He discusses Australia’s past as a predominantly Anglo monoculture and why we need a new model for a transformed nation. He demolishes monarchist arguments and discusses what went wrong in 1999 and the way forward from here, including the best method for appointing an Australian head of state.
‘To propose that an Australian should be the Australian head of state does not appear revolutionary or incendiary. If anything, it seems a rather banal and obvious assertion. “Isn’t that already the case?”, some may even ask. Flip an Australian coin and you’ll have your answer.’—Benjamin T. Jones