Labor plans a $160 million plebiscite on becoming a republic, but a poll suggests Australians are going cold on the idea

Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who recently toured Australia to a rapturous welcome. EDDIE MULHOLLAND/AFP/Getty Images

A poll out today suggests Labor’s plan to hold a plebiscite asking Australians if they support becoming a republic could be met with a very tepid reaction.

Federal Labor outlined plans over the weekend to provide $160 million in funding to hold a national plebiscite gauging support for an Australian republic. Labor would hold the vote during their first time if it wins the next election.

“We’re not saying it’s the most important issue but we are saying that if we are elected at the next election, it’s one of the issues that Labor will attempt to deal with during our first term,” said Matt Thistlethwaite, Labor’s spokesman for an Australian head of state.

“One of the reasons it’s not the focus of people’s attention at the moment is because we haven’t had that national leadership.”

However a poll in The Australian this morning has found support for a republic has continued to fall, two decades on from the failed referendum in 1999.

The poll, taken in the wake of the recent visit of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Harry and Meghan, to most people), found just 40 per cent of respondents were in favour of a republic versus 48 in favour. 12 per cent of respondents were undecided.

You can find more poll details at The Australian >>