ARM attracts new support and Tasmanian branch revival

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In a statement released today, the Australian Republican Movement says that the royal wedding has brought it hundreds of new members, supporters and social media followers.

The statement said:
As the Australian Republican Movement (ARM) predicted, the royal wedding has brought new attention to, interest in and enthusiasm about an Australian Republic.

The ARM has received hundreds of new members, signed-up supporters and Facebook and Twitter followers.

Australians see that for all the glitz and glamour of the British monarchy — it is still foreign. Australians can only ever be bystanders or onlookers at significant events
involving our ruling family. Only by becoming a Republic can we attain full sovereignty for the Australian people and our own Australian head of state.

Of course, we will still be able to watch royal weddings on television, just like we do now.

In the same statement, the Movement said that the Tasmanian branch has a new convenor and a new committee, which includes former ARM chair and prominent barrister Greg Barns.

The new convenor is Hobart lawyer Henry Pill, who made the following statement today:
“Australia deserves an Australian head of state, and the new committee of the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Republican Movement is ready to assist in delivering this change.

“Over the coming months we look forward to working with ARM members and all Tasmanians as we play our part in the national push for an Australian republic. We will be back in contact in the near future with information about upcoming events.”

The new Tasmanian committee in full:

Convenor: Henry Pill
Secretary: Ralph Rallings
Treasurer: Chris Webster
Benita Ainsworth
Greg Barns
Stuart Benson
Kathleen Brient
Bernie Harrington

[Download the press release in full as a PDF.]

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