European settlement of Australia began in 1788 after the eastern half was claimed by the British Empire in 1770. Eventually, Britain claimed the whole island and six self-governing colonies were established. These colonies federated in 1901 to form the Commonwealth of Australia, a representative democracy under a constitutional monarchy. The monarch of Australia is the Head of State of Australia. The monarch of Australia is the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The monarch of Australia is currently Queen Elizabeth II.
Australia had a lengthy debate during the 1990s which culminated in the Australia Republic Referendum of 6 November, 1999. A majority of Australians voted against the proposal to replace the British Monarch and the Governor-General with a President. Despite the leader of the Australian Republican Movement at the time of the referendum, Malcolm Turnbull, now being the Prime Minister of Australia, there is diddly-squat chance of there being another referendum anytime soon.
In 1998, support for the British monarchy had reached it’s nadir, with only 34% in favour of retaining the status quo. However, by 2013, that figure had grown to 47%. Babies generally make people happy (for a while) and the birth of Prince William’s son George and his daughter Charlotte by his wife Kate has made Australians happy with a white foreigner being their Head of State.
If you want to be a patriot you need to support the British monarchy. Just make sure you cheer for Australia in the cricket and rugby.