The Succession to the Crown Bill gets more interesting by the week:
At last year's Council of Australian Government's meeting, the federal government had wanted each state to refer its powers to the commonwealth, whereas Premier Campbell Newman believed each state should pass its own legislation, in line with "our position as a separate sovereign state".
On Wednesday, state Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced Queensland would do just that, introducing the Succession to the Crown Bill 2013 into Parliament.
In a statement announcing the bill, Mr Bleijie said "Queensland would reserve its right as a sovereign state to amend its own laws regarding the royal succession"...
“Queensland is proud of its own relationship with the monarchy and as a sovereign state it should look to preserve this status at all times," Mr Bleijie said in a statement.
Whatever one thinks of Queensland choosing to pass its own succession law (the other Australian states seem to be content to let the federal government take care of that one), you can't argue with that last sentence. Republicans beware: the next time in the next 50 years or so when you attempt another referendum, think really hard about what states will actually follow you.