On 26 June 2003, the Senate referred the following inquiry to the Senate

Legal and Constitutional References Committee.

Terms of Reference

(a)  the most appropriate process for moving towards the establishment of an

Australian republic with an Australian Head of State;  and

(b)  alternative models for an Australian republic, with specific reference


(i)  the functions and powers of the Head of State

(ii)  the method of selection and removal of the Head of State,   and

(iii)  the relationship of the Head of State with the executive, the

parliament and  the judiciary.

The committee is also required to facilitate wide community participation in

this inquiry by conducting public hearings throughout Australia, including

in rural and regional areas.


Lodging Submissions

Submissions become Committee documents and are only made public after a

decision by the Committee. Unauthorised release of submissions is not

covered by parliamentary privilege. Further assistance can be obtained by

phoning the secretariat on (02) 6277 3560.

The Committee encourages the lodgement of submissions in electronic form to

legcon.sen@aph.gov.au. Please ensure that a postal address and phone number

is enclosed with all email submissions.

Submissions may also be faxed to (02) 6277 5794.

For further information

The Secretariat

Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee

Room S1.61, Parliament House

Canberra ACT 2600


Telephone: (02) 6277 3560

Fax: (02) 6277 5794

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20 July, 2003