Andrew Pattinson

If NQ wants to be its own state, this is how

A LEADING monarchist says the only way North Queensland will ever become a separate state is if its citizens demand a decision on the controversial issue be taken away from politicians.

Australians for Constitutional Monarchy national convener Professor David Flint is in Cairns this weekend to celebrate the Queen's Birthday at Cannon Park racetrack.

Prof Flint, a former long-serving chairman of the Australian Press Council, will be speaking about constitutional issues such as how North Queensland could become a state.

He said the only way the region could separate from the rest of Queensland would be if its citizens demanded a constitutional convention, elected directly by the people.

The Australian Constitution was drafted at a series of constitutional conventions held in the 1890s. Within four years, it was passed by the British Parliament as part of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 and took effect on January 1, 1901, establishing the newly independent nation as a constitutional monarchy.

"Without any wars or any violence, the Australian people federated," Prof Flint said.

"We wouldn't have federated without that and it had to be taken out of the hands of the politicians.

"What I'm suggesting is that the people of North Queensland demand an elected convention to deal with this issue, and other issues, and most importantly, making the politicians accountable."

One of the earliest pushes for splitting the state came from cane farmers in 1882, frustrated by a push by those in the capital who wanted to end the use of Kanaka labour.

One plan was to cut the state just south of Sarina, near Mackay, with a new capital created so there would be no rivalry between Mackay, Townsville and Cairns.

NQ statehood has been a hot topic for decades, mainly driven by Kennedy MP Bob Katter.

At a LNP state convention last year, a motion to hold a referendum was voted down, but backed by Senator Matt Canavan and MP George Christensen.