The Queen dies: Julie Goodwin calls monarchy ‘irrelevant’ and calls Australia to become a republic

Moment MasterChef Australia’s Julie Goodwin calls the monarchy ‘irrelevant’ and calls for Australia to become a republic following Queen Elizabeth’s death

MasterChef Australia star Julie Goodwin has called for Australia to reject the monarchy and become a republic following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The celebrity chef, 51, launched into an on-air rant about the Queen on Friday’s episode of The Project, declaring that the monarchy is ‘no longer relevant’ nor ‘appropriate’. 

‘I want to say with the utmost respect to the Queen and to the monarchy and to monarchists that it’s not a populist thing. It’s not democratically elected. It’s not put in place by the people of this country,’ she ranted. 

‘With every bit of respect to Queen Elizabeth and all the work that she’s done over her 70 years of reign, I don’t think the monarchy’s very relevant to Australia anymore.’

Goodwin went on to suggest that becoming a republic ‘might be a better way forward’ for Australia. 

‘I was raised in a time – I sang God Save the Queen as the national anthem when I was a girl at school, and we her picture on the wall at school. She’s interwoven in my memory and my history,’ she continued. 

MasterChef Australia star Julie Goodwin, 51, (pictured on The Project on Friday) called for Australia to reject the monarchy and become a republic during an on-air rant on Friday's The Project, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

MasterChef Australia star Julie Goodwin, 51, (pictured on The Project on Friday) called for Australia to reject the monarchy and become a republic during an on-air rant on Friday’s The Project, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

‘No doubt [the Queen’s death] is a massive, historical event. But I’m also an Australian, I believe in the democratic process.’ 

‘I believe that this country’s old enough to stand on its own two feet and govern itself. And I don’t think that – I’m going to say interference – from a foreign country is appropriate anymore,’ Goodwin insisted. 

Goodwin has received backlash online for her comments, with many accusing her of being ‘disrespectful’ for discussing the issue of a republic so soon after Her Majesty’s death. 

'I want to say with the utmost respect to the Queen and to the monarchy and to monarchists that it's not a populist thing. It's not democratically elected. It's not put in place by the people of this country,' she ranted

‘I want to say with the utmost respect to the Queen and to the monarchy and to monarchists that it’s not a populist thing. It’s not democratically elected. It’s not put in place by the people of this country,’ she ranted 

'I believe that this country's old enough to stand on its own two feet and govern itself. And I don't think that - I'm going to say interference - from a foreign country is appropriate anymore,' Goodwin insisted. (Pictured is Queen Elizabeth 11, June 2012)

‘I believe that this country’s old enough to stand on its own two feet and govern itself. And I don’t think that – I’m going to say interference – from a foreign country is appropriate anymore,’ Goodwin insisted. (Pictured is Queen Elizabeth 11, June 2012) 

‘Look up respect in the dictionary it appears you have now idea what it means. You couldn’t have aired your views at a later date. Let’s get the poor woman buried before the nastiness begins,’ one tweeted. 

‘Totally inappropriate at this time she isn’t buried yet. All this does is alienate those that the Republic needs support from. Time and place,’ another added. 

Others have however thrown their support behind Goodwin, with one tweeting: ‘Agree with Julie Goodwin 100%’, while another added: ‘I love her bravery.’

Goodwin (pictured on MasterChef Australia Fans & Faves 2022) has received backlash online for her comments, with many accusing her of being 'disrespectful' for discussing the issue of a republic so soon after Her Majesty's death

Goodwin (pictured on MasterChef Australia Fans & Faves 2022) has received backlash online for her comments, with many accusing her of being ‘disrespectful’ for discussing the issue of a republic so soon after Her Majesty’s death

The Queen's death has sparked renewed calls for Australia to become a republic, as issue that went to referendum in 1999 where Australians voted for no change. Pictured is Queen Elizabeth II in March 2006

 The Queen’s death has sparked renewed calls for Australia to become a republic, as issue that went to referendum in 1999 where Australians voted for no change. Pictured is Queen Elizabeth II in March 2006 

The Queen’s death has sparked renewed calls for Australia to become a republic, as issue that went to referendum in 1999 where Australians voted for no change 

However, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, a republican, has ruled out holding a referendum for at least four years. 

‘Now is not a time to talk about our system of government, now is a time for us to pay tribute to the life of Queen Elizabeth,’ he told the ABC’s Insiders last Sunday.

Goodwin has received backlash online for her comments, with many accusing her of being 'disrespectful' for discussing the issue of a republic so soon after Her Majesty's death. Prince Charles (left) is pictured with his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II at her Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022

Goodwin has received backlash online for her comments, with many accusing her of being ‘disrespectful’ for discussing the issue of a republic so soon after Her Majesty’s death. Prince Charles (left) is pictured with his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II at her Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022 

Meanwhile, Australian PM Anthony Albanese (pictured) has said he will not hold a republic referendum during his first term of government

Meanwhile, Australian PM Anthony Albanese (pictured) has said he will not hold a republic referendum during his first term of government

‘That’s the system of government that we have, it’s one which as Australian prime minister, I have a responsibility to respect.’

The prime minister brushed off questions about when would be the right time to start having conversations about moving away from the monarch.

‘Quite clearly, this is a time of national mourning,’ he said.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern also said her country will not look to become a republic. 

The announcement came as Governor-General David Hurley proclaimed King Charles III as Australia’s new sovereign outside Parliament House. 

King Charles III and The Duchess of Cornwall Camilla, Queen consort of the United Kingdom are pictured vieweing flowers and messages outside Buckingham Palace on September 9, after Queen Elizabeth died

King Charles III and The Duchess of Cornwall Camilla, Queen consort of the United Kingdom are pictured vieweing flowers and messages outside Buckingham Palace on September 9, after Queen Elizabeth died

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