It's time! The Republic of Australia should have been proclaimed at Federation, in 1900. It's a question of who we are. We need to cut ties with the QE2 a.s.a.p., also to ammend the outdated constitution and include racial vilification laws within it. Our head of state must be an Australian, not English. We need a full revamp. Australia is an interesting, vibrant community, we must capitalise on that and represent ourselves accordingly, not by reference to icons that suit who we were during the middle part of this century. Keating was on the right track. Republic? Give me a Keating, full strength, not a Fischer, with 1mg reforms.