Earlier in the year, our team wrote to supporters and members with the short version of our plan for this year: to establish a campaign office and to grow political support. In the eight months since, I think we've done alright.
Our plan hasn't changed, but now it moves to the next stage: a year of conversations, as the Republic moves up the national agenda.
In the coming year you'll still see lots of emails and lots of content online. And we'll still need your support to raise funds for our campaign. What will grow is our conversations with our fellow citizens.
Every time you say to a friend "I believe everyone who holds public office in Australia should be an Australian citizen, what do you think about it?" we make progress towards an Australian Republic with an Australian head of state.
In politics, the Prime Minister restated his support for change, as did every Premier and Chief Minister; the Opposition leader promised a national vote by the end of his first term if elected; and the Leader of the Australian Greens formally joined our federal Parliamentary Friendship Group.
Last week we launched the Republic Advisory Panel, a group of leading Australians who are committed to an Australian head of state and who have agreed to serve as patrons for our cause. The panel is a diverse group of women and men who have each made significant contributions to Australia in fields including government, media, academia, business and the law. For each of these individuals, their decision to join the Panel is a great sign of their confidence in the Australian Republic Movement and their commitment to the idea of an Australian head of state.
In the campaign office, I'm sure you've felt the growth in activity: our successful and visible national days of action, our new offers for members, our merchandise store open in time for Christmas, and the growth of our social media and digital campaign. It's been an exciting year of momentum thanks to all your effort and all your support.
I'll see you on the campaign trail.
CEO and National Director
Australian Republic Movement