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ANZAC Day 2014
Written by ACM   
Friday, 25 April 2014

Anzac Day, the 25th April, is the national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand.

It is sacred to the memory of the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I and to all those who died and who served in military operations for their countries.

The ceremonies in Canberra today will take place in the presence of the second in line to the throne, Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Meanwhile the third in line, baby Prince George will be at Yarralumla.

The Duke and Duchess were present, unannounced at the Dawn Service, joining the nation in honouring  the Australian and New Zealand veterans on this ANZAC Day, 2014.

                    
    


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St. George's Day
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014

On St. George's Day, we congratulate Prince George on his Saint's Name Day.

In some countries the Saint's Name Day is of greater importance than the actual birthday.

 
Who is to blame for the republican annus horribilis ?
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Leading republican, Professor George Williams, writes that this year is shaping up as an annus horribilis for the republican movement.

Writing in The Sydney Morning Herald on 22 April 2014, under an unusually long headline "To drag Republican movement from the doldrums, political leaders must speak up" 

 

Photo: Prince William holding his son Prince George and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, after they arrived arrive in Sydney on Wednesday. Photograph: Rob Griffith/AP
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He says republicans have had to contend with three things.  First, Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s reintroduction of Knights and Dames.

Second, the  highly successful visit by what he names as the royal family’s "new glamour couple'' the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and of course baby Prince George, dubbed charmingly by one television presenter as ''His Royal Cuteness''. 


...they never had the young in the bag...


But all this, he says, pales into insignificance beside the ''recent'' finding that young people are abandoning the cause. He says this puts paid to the old adage that a republic is inevitable.

Professor Williams must have actually believed the old furphy  that republicans had time on their side, and only had to wait until, as former Senator Susan Ryan put it, monarchists ''drop off their stick''. Or as former attorney general Nicola Roxon, put it, "no new monarchists are being born.''


The present Director of the Australian Republican Movement, David Morris, living in his own dream world, recently shouted down our Executive Director on 3AW to claim that every poll in the last 30 years had shown that the young are the most monarchists.

Although I have been writing about this for many years, Professor Williams, Senator Ryan, Nicola Roxon  and now David Morris have taken no notice of the facts.

Whenever a poll breaks up respondents into age groups, this usually shows that the  middle aged and not the young are more republican

 And no matter how much republicans may have fixed up the curriculum, and pushed move into some form of politicians republic in education, it hasn't worked. And it never worked. 




..and who is to blame for the republican debacle? ...

 
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Royal Family privacy must be defended
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
ACM does not agree that "'You can’t be second in line to the throne and not expect to be photographed,'' as the Australian Monarchist League argues. 

Nor do we agree that because the photographs and videos have been published we should.

Otherwise it can be argued that the Royal Family is open game for the media, as one prominent privacy expert once argued to our national convenor. That argument is strengthened if some monarchists are seen as going along with it. The Australian Monarchist League should rethink this.

Everyone is entitled to their privacy, and the Duke and Duchess were entitled to be free from invasive telescopic lens where they assumed that they were in private.

The fact that the pictures are charming has nothing to do with it.  The Australian Monarchist League, who had published several of the offending photographs on their Facebook page, should re-think their position.

In the meantime The Times in London reports that the Australian media has been accused of invading the privacy of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge' after pictures were published showing the couple walking in the garden of the governor-general's residence in Canberra.

In accordance with ACM's policy to respect the privacy of our Royal Family, in the link below we have deleted an offending albeit nice photograph of the Duchess and the baby Prince and inserted one of Yarralumla.


 
 
Respect their privacy
Written by ACM   
Monday, 21 April 2014

Photographs and videos have appeared today in the media showing Prince William, Catherine and Prince George enjoying some obviously private moments in the grounds of Government house, perhaps taken with telescopic lens.

Unless and until  we are assured that these are authorised by the Royal Family we shall not be showing them on our Facebook page or here.

ACM believes that the Royal Family is as much entitled to privacy as other people.

ACM calls on not only monarchists but all media to respect their privacy.

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Republican lie - monarchists threat to National Anthem
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 21 April 2014

What is going on at republican HQ?  Why are they inventing a series of untruths - three so far?

It all began when republican leader David Morris shouted down Jai Martinkovits, ACM's  executive director on Melbourne radio station 3AW.

Morris  claimed all polls for past 30 years had shown the nation's youth are the most republican of all. 

This is palpably untrue. We have published a selection of 15 polls which confirm this. Particularly  embarrassing for David Morris and the republican movement is that one of these is from the very company, UMR, from which they have commissioned their own polls.

 

.... the second untruth...

 

Now in a desperate attempt to revive the flagging  republican, the republican movement's David Morris  has gone to the media claiming first the 1999 republican process was rushed.

Rushed? It took seven years, with the ARM allowed to freely chose the model. The actual referendum question was approved by a parliament at least two thirds of whom were republicans.

To date, there have been 12 major votes and inquiries into how to turn Australia into a politicians' republic. All have been paid for by the taxpayer, 11 wholly so.

If this is rushed, then it is awful to imagine what they have in mind. Are we going to have our politicians tied up for say two decades trying to work out some sort of a politicians republic which satisfies the ARM. Remember that the present time they can't even tell Australians precisely what they want.

 

 

...the third  untruth – a whopper...

  

 More importantly he claimed to  Channel 9's Today programme that the national anthem was under threat. Once  he was interviewed by Cameron Williams on air he back pedalled but then claimed   "'We had to fight for our national anthem"  against monarchist resistance.

This is an invention.

While a National flag was seen as immediately necessary at Federation ,  Australians used God Save The Queen for formal occasions and  a selection of patriotic songs on other occasions. It was a pretty informal arrangement, an understanding or  a convention.

Unlike the need for a National  Flag, Australians generally  did not see the need for a  separate anthem until the seventies, probably because of the televising of the Olympics and other sporting occasions.

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Knights and Dames restored; the reaction
Written by ACM   
Friday, 18 April 2014

Radio Australia reported that the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott's decision to reintroduce the official honours of Knight and Dame for pre-eminent Australians was mocked by the opposition Labor party and the Republican movement.
But Tony Abb.ott's surprise announcement was celebrated by monarchists.

This report is by Simon Lauder and includes speech and comment from the following :-

Tony Abbott, Prime Minister; Sam Dastyari, Opposition Senator; Kelvin Thomson, Opposition backbencher; Senator George Brandis, Liberal frontbencher; David Morris, National Director, Australian Republican Movement; and Professor David Flint, National Convenor, Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy

 

 

 

 
They arrive
Written by ACM   
Friday, 18 April 2014
Prince William holding his son Prince George and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, after they arrived arrive in Sydney on Wednesday, 16 April 2014. Photograph: Rob Griffith/AP
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Photo: Prince William holding his son Prince George and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, after they arrived arrive in Sydney on Wednesday. Photograph: Rob Griffith/AP
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Youth support for republic crashes
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Youth support for a politicians' republic has collapsed, according to a poll by Fairfax Nielson published on 16 April 2014.

Support among those aged 18-24 is 28%, with overall support 42%.

Support among those aged above 55 is 45%, for those between 40-54, 44% and between those aged between 25-39, 48%.

In the meantime ACM's convenor David Flint  re-issued a solemn warning on the Royal Visit, one he has been issuing since the nineties:

''Never stand between royalty and celebrity republicans. Otherwise you'll be knocked over in the rush.''  

 

 

  Photo: Support for a vague undefined republic (without any model) over 22 years as polled by Fairfax Neilson. Follow the blue line    

 
Hello Cambridges, bye-bye republic
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
"Say hello to the Cambridges, bye-bye to the notion of an Australian republic.''

So said the nation's highest circulating newspaper, the once republican Sunday Telegraph on 13 April 2014.

Support for a politicians' republic has been in decline across the polls and since the 1999 referendum - just go to the opinion polling section on our website norepublic.com.au.

Support is particularly low among the youth.

Whatever Australians see as not performing in the governance of our country, it is not our oldest institution, the Australian Crown.
 
At last, Bob Hawke blunder fixed up, while GGs properly recognized.
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

 

Knights & Dames The mainline media presented a near unanimous line on the awards to the present and former Governors- General, just as the great General Sir John Monash was recognized on the battlefield. Threatening that he would be damaged, they greeted the awards with ridicule.

They missed the fundamental fact that Bob Hawke's blunder had been finally fixed up.

In this piece first published in Quadrant Professor David Flint explains.



It was predictable that the commentariat and the republican politicians would deplore the restoration of knighthoods. The plaintive, almost anguished, cry of ”Why? ” as Tony Abbott concluded his press conference  said it all.

Reflecting the narrow, left-oriented world in which they live, commentators both deplored and ridiculed it. That reaction was entirely predictable.

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[ General Sir John Monash knighted by HM King George V ]

The real surprise was that so many eye-rolling members of the press corps came to the immediate conclusion that Abbott’s decision would damage him politically, perhaps even inflicting major harm on the Prime Minister’s standing with the voting public. The April Essential Poll soon corrected that, revealing  only 21% of voters strongly disapprove the restoration. That meagre figure emerged even after the commentariat had gone overboard in condemning the move. It needs no closer examination of the polling data to confidently assume that the critics and naysayers would never, ever vote for Abbott come hell or high water.

The commentariat had made the mistake of thinking the rank-and-file Australian has similar  interests and concerns to those who dwell in inner-city enclaves dominated by groupthink and fashionable opinion. Instead of taking an ideological position on the restoration, commentators should have objectively examined what Abbott had done, which was to have rectified an anomaly.

 

...Hawke's blunder - and the commentariat didn't even notice...

 

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