Commonwealth Day was celebrated on 10 March 2014 by the NSW Commonwealth Day Council at Parliament House Sydney. Her Excellency the Governor, Professor Bashir, read a message from HM The Queen and Head of the Commonwealth. ACM took up the largest number of group tables.
The images below are from Commonwealth Day, 2012. They are by Ian Bird.
The Commonwealth Day Debate between leading NSW school debating teams was held on 10 March 2014 in the NSW Legislative Assembly Chamber. The subject this year was ''That the Commonwealth Games should include cricket.''
These scenes are from the 2012 debate. They are by Ian Bird
Republicans are always rushing into the media although they admit they still have not worked out what sort of politicians' republic they are pushing. They are even doing it for the coming Royal Visit, according to a report by Tim Barrass in The Sun-Herald on 9 March 2014.
Apparently they are going to ''restart'' the conversation. People are asking just how many relaunches and restarts you can have?
Wouldn't you think they would just go away and work out what the constitution and the flag would look like in their republic before they released another non-story to the media? Most Australians are pretty happy with their crowned republic.
An IRA plot to murder Prince Philip in Sydney has been revealed by a former military intelligence officer and news reporter, Warner Russell.
This was in 1973, at the height of the Irish Republican Army bombing campaign in Britain, reports Warren Gibbs in The Sunday Telegraph 9 March 2014.
IRA terrorists subsequently murdered two young Australians in the Netherlands. In 1999, the IRA leader came to Australia to campaign for a Yes vote in the republican campaign. (The ARM ignored ACM's call to distance themselves from him)
In 1979 Prince Philip's uncle, Lord Mountbatten, along with three other people, including a grandson Nicholas, was assassinated by the IRA, who planted a bomb in his fishing boat
A report about two bombs, as well as two decoy bombs, being detected appeared in The New York Times on 16 March 1973. Local reporting in Australia was suppressed under a security "D" notice .
Twenty four hours before the discovery of the bombs, Mr. Russell had received an anonymous phone death threat against the Prince while he was working on the news desk.
A caller with a “guttural voice” told him: “We are going to get that Greek bastard, the Duke. He is a dead man.”
Mr Russell said: “I immediately informed the Special Branch as well as my own intelligence contact Lt Colonel Tim Swift at Victoria Barracks in Paddington. I was told the threat was credible and of the likely involvement of the IRA.”
[The image is from the 1954 Tour when the Queen and Prince Philip arrived at Government House Brisbane]
In this briefing on 28 February 2014, ACM's national convener Professor David Flint points out that the latest Fairfax opinion poll demonstrates what has already been well established over time and across the polls.
Republican support continues to fall, and worse for the Republicans, the last poll published by Fairfax demonstrates that support is lower among the young than even among the elderly.
This is a timebomb for our republican friends.
Although many politicians – who do endless polling and focus groups – still cling to some dreams of some sort of politicians' republic, they are realistic enough now to know that another referendum or a plebiscite at this time or the foreseeable future would result in a greater defeat than in 1999.
The politicians know particularly that the public would be unforgiving for any politician that pushed this issue to another vote.
[The following address was delivered to the Gala Dinner of the National Conference of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, the 14th since the referendum held in Brisbane on Saturday, 30 November 2013]
Thank you for inviting me to attend this National Conference Gala dinner in honour of the birth and christening of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
I attended a dinner for the Australian Monarchist League earlier this week where we discussed how positive it is for the monarchist movement in Australia to have a monarchist Prime Minister and here in Queensland, many State Government Ministers who support our constitutional monarchy.
Despite the positive position we are now in, the valuable work undertaken by organisations like ACM to promote our constitutional monarchy in Australia is still vitally important and must continue.
I can assure you that the State Government has been working hard to preserve Queensland's constitutional and traditional links to our sovereign and it is a privilege to be here this evening to address you about some of the measures we have undertaken in this regard.
Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of Cambridge have been treated to performances by Dame Helen Mirren, students from the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts, and a brief speech from Sir David Attenborough. Kate and the Queen then met House actor Hugh Laurie as well as a host of famous faces in a Buckingham Palace reception.
Taken by Merlin helicopter from the flightdeck of HMS Illustrious, the Prince of Wales visits HMS Dragon at sea, one of the Royal Navy's newest and most advanced warships. Broadcast on 26 Feb 2014 by ITN
''Queen Victoria's Children,'' the first of three episodes - ''The Best Laid Plans,'' was shown on SBS 1 on 4 March 2014. You can watch click on the link below, but access to this will expire on 18 March 2014, 8:30pm.
Gain a new understanding of Britain’s longest reigning Queen with this fascinating series which explores Queen Victoria’s life through stories of the personal relationships between her, her husband Albert the Prince Consort and their nine children.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert shared a passionate marriage but historians claim that behind closed doors their domestic life was a battlefield. Spanning 60 years, this family saga tells a tale of manipulation, conflict, intimidation, emotional blackmail and fevered attempts by Victoria’s children to escape the clutches of their domineering and needy mother.
The series draws on the written material and photographs the family left behind to bring the characters and complex relationships to life.