Direct Election of the Governor General by the Australian People

On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther, a relatively unknown Pastor from Saxony, nailed Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Cathedral at Wittenberg, sparking the Protestant Reformation.

On Friday 10 May 2019 at 10.15 am, Nick Houston, Democratic Reform Alliance (DRA) aligned Independent Candidate for the Senate from the ACT, will nail his call for the direct election of the Governor-General by the Australian people to the gate of Government House in Canberra, thereby sparking the next wave of Australian democratisation.

Nick Houston, the Leader of the DRA said “it is time to extend Australian democracy to the selection of the head of the Australian state. It is no longer acceptable that the selection of the person who sits at the pinnacle of our Constitution and who exercises significant formal powers is not elected by popular mandate”.

“The popular election of the Governor General would take place within the current constitutional context without any need to amend the Constitution, change the formality of how the Governor General is appointed, or have a divisive debate over the Australian Republic”.

“What would change is the manner in which the Australian Government selects the person who would then be recommended to the Queen for formal appointment to the position”.

Houston said today that “the call for the direct election of the Governor General by the Australian people addresses a missing link in our democratic system. At a time when the relevance of our democracy is being called into question by some people, it is more important than ever to affirm the sovereign right of the Australian people to participate fully in the mechanism of their own governance”.

“The direct election of the Governor General will mark the first step in the democratic reformation of the Australian political system and the move to a system of more democratic and open governance appropriate to the twenty first century.”


About Nick Houston and the DRA

Nick Houston and the DRA are focussed on creating better individual accountability arrangements for our politicians, reducing corruption in the political system, and extending the ability of ordinary Australians to participate in the governing of Australia.

Houston said, “if elected I will work hard to ensure better standards of integrity in politics and to allow broader participation by more people in the governing of Australia”.

Nick Houston is a long-term resident of Canberra who has worked in three different government departments. For the last 13 years run a legal practice in Canberra specialising in migration law.

To learn more about Nick Houston and the transparency policies of the DRA see:


Event details

Date: Friday 10 May 2019

Time: 10.15 am

Location: Government House Gate, Yarralumla, Australian Capital Territory

Media Contact: Nick Houston

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