Not surprisingly, the Royal visit has sparked resumption of the debate about whether or not Australia should become a republic.

Today’s larger than expected crowds in Brisbane suggest a majority is cheering for the Queen to stay.

Louise Cheer reports.


Recent polls show 55 per cent of Australians are in favour of keeping Queen Elizabeth as our head of state.

But ask the crowds at South Bank, and here it was probably closer to 100 per cent.

Thomas Bradley, from Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, says there are two groups strongly supporting the current system of monarchy, the under 25s and over 55s.

Thomas Bradley, Convenor of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy: “The arguments for and against were a bit more prominent when they were at school, or when they were at university, and so they’re a bit more familiar with the arguments. And maybe a bit more educated about them than their predecessors.”

At the same time, around one-third of the Australian population wants constitutional change.

Michael Keating, from the Australian Republican Movement, says in 2011 our government system should be more reflective of society.

Michael Keating, Chairman of Australian Republic Movement: “How confusing is it to people in our region and in the world to, for us to say we have an English lady as our head of state.|”

To become a republic Australia must hold a referendum with results reflecting a majority overall but also winning over four out of six states.

But the Premier Anna Bligh confirmed Queen Elizabeth is still very much our Monarch.

Anna Bligh, QLD Premier: “Your visit here is a reminder that the care and concern of the Royal Family, and the nations of the Commonwealth are still very much with us.”

Louise Cheer, QUT News.