PREMIER Lara Giddings has thrown her support behind the idea of Australia becoming a republic as the Australian Republican Movement attempts to put the idea back on the national agenda.
The movement launched its new campaign in Hobart yesterday, promoting the idea that the nation should rediscover its identity by separating from the British monarchy.
It is a campaign that Ms Giddings agrees with.
``I'm personally a strong supporter of an Australian republic,'' she said.
``I hope that we will see a better way of having this debate and discussion with the Australian people so we can move towards a republic and become one.
``It's wonderful to see the Australian Republican Movement here in Tasmania recognising that we are of equal value to any other state of Australia and have a voice that is also deserving of being heard.
``I suspect this will be a long campaign, one that's not going to be resolved in the short term, but it's one where a national debate should continue.''
However, despite her views, she said the state was looking forward to welcoming Princes Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall next month.
``I have never heard the palace or the Queen ever say a nation was not entitled to have a debate whether to keep the Queen as their head of state or in fact become a republic, so I don't think this will bother her in the least,'' Ms Giddings said.
``I certainly believe we ought to have a head of state who is Australian, who lives in Australia, who is part of our community and who is part of who we are.
``Having a Queen who lives and resides in the United Kingdom, who is primarily the Queen of the United Kingdom and is only symbolically the Queen of Australia is not what I want to see in a head of state.''
Australians for Constitutional Monarchy executive director Jai Martinkovits said yesterday that the Australian Republican Movement's campaign was ``a desperate attempt at keeping a dead issue alive''.