Had Mr Keating won the 1996 election, it would have been most unlikely neither that a constitutional convention would have been held. It is doubtful that Mr Keating would have allowed the equal funding of the Yes and No cases. He would not for example allow the appointment of any non-Republicans to the Republic Advisory Committee.
Former Prime Minister Paul Keating, speaking here to the Sydney Writers Festival on 30 October 2011, declares that the major "geologic" events in Asia are the reason why Australia must become the republic we would now be had he not lost the lost the 1996 election.
During the course of the interview in front of an audience apparently mainly made up of supporters, he delivers a very personal attack on the Royal Family.
He suggests, with a gesture, that the House of Windsor is incapable of the renewal that former ALP leader and Governor-General Bill Hayden had recently described.
...major geologic changes...
He calls for a move to a politicians' republic on the basis of major "geologic" changes in Asia .
But he does not explain, nor does his audience or interviewer ask just what geologic changes in the structure of the Earth , especially its rocks, soil, and minerals, has to do with Australia making such a major constitutional change.
He believes our trading partners are concerned that we are still attached to a "worn out old monarchy". Apparently trade is no longer about quality, delivery and price.
He confirms that he told The Queen on behalf of the Australian people that the Crown is "an anachronism".
He also attacks the flag as "embarrassing".
He tells Kerry O'Brien that had he been prime minister in 1999 he would have won the referendum which he says went down but "not badly". In fact, the referendum was lost nationally, in all states and 72% of electorates.