Statement from ACTU Assistant Secretary Scott Connolly:
The ACTU would like to reaffirm its support of the Australian republican movement, after an inspirational address from Peter FitzSimons at the ACTU Congress dinner.
The Australian union movement has a proud history of supporting the Australian Republican Movement, and the campaign for a head of state who is Australian and chosen by Australians.
This is an idea which has broad support across the political divide and should be acted on at the earliest possible opportunity.
We are involved in a campaign for systemic change, and have always supported the ARM campaign to make Australia a truly independent country.
Making Australia a Republic would fundamentally change our country and how we view ourselves and our place in the world, and it is overdue.