|Issue No 13||14 May 1999|
Letters to the Editor
Why Wran's Right
Why Wran's Right
Neville Wran was the greatest Premier in the history of New South Wales. He is a Labor hero.
His leadership role in the Republican Movement is essential if we are to actually deliver the republic.
It is only true-blue lovers of the Queen and the looney left who want a multiple choice plebiscite. It will divide and disrupt the move to an Australian republic. It will kill the republic stone dead.
Wran was a great Premier because he understood the art of the possible. He achieved great things while confusing and dividing the Tories.
Frankly, the Republican debate strikes me as a tenth order issue. But let's take the opportunity that has arisen to make some progress. No, comrade, we won't be able to have an elected President or Comissar or whatever it is you want but let us once and for all cut our ties with the British royal family. It's a symbolic change, it won't create a workers' paradise but it will slightly modernise our constitution.
Only an unholy coalition of Little Johnny Howard and Comrade Phil Cleary can stop us taking a small step forward in asserting our national identity.
So let us follow the lead of a wise and brilliant man, Neville Wran. Let's have a resident for President and repudiate the nonsense of royalty.
Member of AWU (Vic)
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