'Yes' vote in the referendum on 6th November, 1999, would see Queen Elizabeth II, of the House of Windsor, retrenched as Head of State on the 1st January, 2001, The Centenary Of Federation in Australia.
The campaign is hotting up and the Australian Republican Movement launced its $7.5 million advertising campaign on October 10th, 4 weeks before R-Day.
ARM head Malcolm Turnbull said that the John Singleton produced ads that would make people feel a 'No' vote showed a lack of confidence in the nation's future.
Turnbull, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja and Australia's richest lady Janet Holmes A Court gave the press a sneak preview of the advertising campaign on Saturday 9th, October.
Seeker Bruce Woodley has given permission for his song I Am, You Are, We Are Australians to be used in the ads - and he's a Dinkum Aussie, as are all of the above people.
The song sung by the Australian Youth Choir goes -
I came from the Dream Time, from the dusty red soil plains,
I am the ancient heart, the keeper of the flame,
I stood upon the rocky shore, I watched the tall ships come,
For forty thousand years, I'd been the first Australian,
We are one, but we are many, and from all the lands on earth we come,
We share a dream, and sing with one voice,
I am, you are, we are Australians.
Editor - 'Although this web site displays a lot of the colonial past of this great country and many people who are confirmed Monarchists such as Prime Minister John Howard, some of that is history and cannot be changed. However, we can make our own future and to say No would be a setback for us all. Think about it, and if you say Yes then at least the debate will stay open and we can then work out the nuts and bolts of it later.
Visit Australian Republican Movement at www.republic.org.au and see page on Preamble.