How would Australia’s government change if it were to dump the monarchy?
I actually kind of like the idea of having a figurehead to represent the country. When we think of England, we think of the Queen, not Tony Blair. But when other countries think of the US, they think of Bush, and they think less of Americans, rightly or wrongly. I wouldn’t support having such an arrangement here, but in the UK, Canada, and Australia, it might not be a bad idea to keep the Queen around.
Here’s something the Australians might not have considered.
Why not replace the English monarch with an Australian one?
That is, since the monarch has no authority in Australia, why not elect a king and queen every couple of years, as people who represent Australia.
Their purpose would be as official “greeters” to important visitors, making tourism commercials, and generally act as the focal point of the things Australia wants to show off.
Put them in a “palace”, a trade center showing Australian products and corporations, along with interesting cultural stuff.