A World of Republicans

Republicans Win Civil Right
But Discrimination Still Widespread

"The first decision of its kind relating to republicanism and anti-discrimination law. It will have implications for all countries associated with a monarch as head of state."
Jocelyn Scott, Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination League

The Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission has ruled that The Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL), a veterans’ organisation, must not require new members to swear an oath of loyalty to Liz Windsor, the matriarch of Britain’s Windsor family. Commissioner Jocelyn Scutt said that this was "the first decision of its kind relating to republicanism and anti-discrimination law. It will have implications for all countries associated with a monarch as head of state."

In Britain and Canada foreign-born republicans are not allowed to become citizens. British law bans republicans from becoming legislators, police officers and judges.

This ruling is an important blow against this widespread discrimination against republicans in Britain and other countries that recognise the existence of a so-called royal family, members of which inherit an exclusive right to be head of state.

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