The destructive effect section 44 of the Constitution has on our political process is painfully evident, but the opportunity for a referendum to solve the problem is being wasted, writes George Williams.
Half of respondents in a recent poll said they were in favour of Australia becoming a republic. But there are still lots of hurdles in the path of those who wish to make such an historic break with the British monarchy.
The High Court will begin hearing the cases of seven federal parliamentarians who are citizens of other nations. If it was only a matter of applying the letter of the law, their fates would be clear, writes George Williams.