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"That it would be beneficial to Australia to become a republic."
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014

"That it would be beneficial to Australia to become a republic." This Public Debate (the first between the current leaders of the principal republican and monarchist organisations) will be held: 

On: Thursday 16 October 2014 5:00pm to 7:00pm
At: The University of Melbourne Law School, 175 Pelham Street Carlton
In: Room G08

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For the Republican Case: Jacob Rodrigo. Associate Professor Sean Scalmer and Professor Geoff Gallop. President of the ARM

For the Constitutional Monarchist Case: Daniel Golder, Professor Trevor Burnard and Professor David Flint , National Convenor of ACM. 

[This public debate, to be followed by Q&A ,is being held on the invitation of Jacob Rodrigo, the President of the University of Melbourne Republic Club and will be filmed]

 
Michael Hodgman QC AM remembered
Written by ACM   
Friday, 19 September 2014

Past Patron of ACM in Tasmania and Patron of the Australian National Flag Association (ANFA -TAS) Michael Hodgman, QC AM, and a warrior for both the Crown and the Flag,  was recognised recently at Parliament House, Hobart. 

 Members of both organisations were able to present to the Premier of Tasmania, Will Hodgman (son of Michael) with a framed portrait of his father, which the Premier gratefully received.  The event was sponsored by the Hon Elise Archer MHA. Who has accepted to be Patron of ANFA (Tas).  It was organised by the Sectary of the ANFA (Tas) Mr John Salmon. President of ANFA (Tas) and State Convenor of ACM in Tasmania, Mr Reg Watson passed the framed portrait on to the Premier.

 

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[The Premier of Tasmania, Hon Will Hodgman , holding the portrait of his late father, Michael Hodgman at Parliament House, Hobart.]

 

Mr Watson said in his brief and casual address that the Premier's Father "will long be remembered by all. Mr Salmon and I knew Michael for more than thirty years.  He was colourful and flamboyant.  His love for his flag, our system of government and heritage knew no bounds," said Mr Watson.

 "Having this portrait of our supporter and patron was very well, but we considered it would be worthy to present it to his son, now Premier of Tasmania. I can recall when I interviewed Michael Hodgman which was aired on my radio spot that he boasted, 'Will be the greatest Premier ever',"

The  Premier amusingly responded by saying, "I think he told everyone the same thing." Mr Salmon said it was a shame Will's father never lived to see his son fulfil become Premier. 

A light lunch followed.

 
 
Scottish vote: UK PM should have looked to Australia
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Homeowners in an independent Scotland could face significantly increased mortgage payments and at the same time suffer a fall in real estate values, according to press reports. The fact is that nobody has any idea of what the currency of an independent Scotland would be.

This demonstrates the extraordinary complacency of the British government, and especially of the British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Cameron should have sought wider advice on the way to run this referendum.

 

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He should have been made aware of the adoption by our founders of the Swiss referendum .Had Cameron insisted on a similar procedure to ours, he would have protected the Union from an uninformed vote based on emotion and not the facts.

Instead of a real referendum, Cameron has allowed the Scottish National Party to foist a question-only plebiscite on the Scottish people. How extraordinary that he should allow the use of one of the tools devised by French revolutionary terrorists and perfected by the Bonapartes.

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Australia's defining moment
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 13 September 2014

IN the context of the constitutional recognition debate, Australia's treatment of indigenous issues should be compared with New Zealand's, writes Damian Freeman in The Australian on 6 September, 2014. Now teaching at Cambridge, Dr Freeman was a research assistant with ACM.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Freeman refers to the settlement in 17888, Australia's ''defining moment'' and notes that the Governor Arthur Phillip's  determination to ensure the fair treatment of Abor­iginal people was not some personal idiosyncrasy. In 1787, he received formal instructions from King George III. They outlined the various things that Phillip was to do on the journey to Australia, then on establishing a colony in Australia.

Among other things, The King instructed Phillip: “You are to endeavour, by every possible means, to open an intercourse with the ­natives, and to conciliate their affections, enjoining all our subjects to live in amity and kindness with them. And if any of our subjects shall wantonly destroy them, or give them any unnecessary interruption in the exercise of their several occupations, it is our will and pleasure that you do cause such offenders to be brought to punishment according to the degree of the offence. You will endeavour to procure an account of the numbers inhabiting the neighbourhood of the intended settlement, and report your opinion to one of our secretaries of state in what manner our intercourse with these people may be turned to the advantage of this colony.”

 
Scottish referendum
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014

If only Tony Abbott had been on hand to counsel his British counterpart about the correct way to run a plebiscite, the possibility that Scotland might vote for a vague and ill-defined secession would be a good deal more remote than the polls suggest.

”One thing the English don’t like is to be told that a former colony knows better,” the Australian diplomat warned Tony Abbott, who had found himself under fire after speaking in favour of Scotland staying in the UK. Now he was... giving some more advice to David Cameron.

“Dave, I know you Brits don’t like us telling you how to do things. But, mate, with this Scottish business, you should see how Aussies do referendums.”

”Very interesting, no doubt, Tony,” Cameron replied. Hoping to deflect the issue with a spot of old-time duchessing, he added: ”Was it a knighthood you were wondering about? ”


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[To read more:

http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2014/09/little-antipodeean-advice/]

 
Tourism gold
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 06 September 2014
''Prince George: Australian Tourism's $30 billion baby,'' headlined the Courier Mail. As ACM has long pointed out, Royal Tours or as the Canadian say, homecomings are rivers of gold. TV News reports, and newspaper and magazine photos of Royals against typical Australian scenes is tourist advertising you just can't buy.

The Royals are tourism gold.
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Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan told News National Travel writer Robyn Ironside that the visit was “already delivering significant tourism benefits”.

“Some of our country’s most famous tourism attractions provided perfect backdrops for images beamed around the world — the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains, Sydney Harbour and the Opera House, Taronga Zoo, the nippers’ demo on Manly beach and of course the spectacular footage at one of our country’s greatest icons, Uluru,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“These images are tourism gold — the kind of international exposure that is difficult to put a price on and which are already inspiring many onlookers around the world to follow in their footsteps by booking a holiday of their own down under.”
 
Sir Winston Churchill
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 06 September 2014

Sir Winston Churchill's funeral on 30 January 1965 was the largest state funeral in world history up to that point in time, with representatives from 112 nations; only China did not send an emissary.

Only Ireland did not broadcast the service live on television in Europe, where 350 million people watched, including 25 million in Britain.

By decree of the Queen, his body lay in state in Westminster Hall for three days and a state funeral service was held at St. Paul's Cathedral.

One of the largest assemblageus of statesmen in the world was gathered for the service. Unusually, The Queen attended the funeral.

As Churchill's lead-lined coffin passed up the River Thames from Tower Pier to Festival Pier on the MV Havengore, dockers lowered their crane jibs in a salute.

The Royal Artillery fired the 19-gun salute due a head of government, and the RAF staged a fly-by of sixteen English Electric Lightning fighters.

The coffin was then taken the short distance to Waterloo station where it was loaded onto a specially prepared and painted carriage as part of the funeral train for its rail journey to Hanborough, seven miles north-west of Oxford.

[Source: Wikipedia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87Xkr8z3lEo]

 
How republicans tried to stop the Re- Enactment
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

"The First Fleet and the Re-Enactment First Fleet - Some Historical Parallels and Differences"  by Richard J Tanner , was an adress to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the passing of Admiral Arthur Phillip, RN [Saturday 11th October 1738 - Wednesday 31st August 1814 ]

The address was given to Australians for Constitutional Monarchy and The Australia-Britain Society (NSW Branch) on Wednesday 27 August 2014 – Noon for 12.30 pm in The Strangers’ Dining Room, Parliament House, Sydney, NSW

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The original First Fleet was a political solution to relieve the overcrowded goals in England of the convict class who were mainly Irish and was multicultural in character comprising German, Norwegian, French, Dutch, Jewish, Spanish and Italian.

In Australia, in the 1980's the prevailing sentiment was that 1988 was the year of the Republic, don't re-enact history for fear of upsetting the aborigines, don't remind multicultural Australia of their British origins and don't call into Cape Town because the Australian Government doesn't like the Apartheid policies of the South African Government.  In short, the Australian Government wanted to rewrite history and they would go to any length to further this aim.

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Governor Phillip comes home
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Her Excellency, Professor the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW, will unveil a bust of Governor Arthur Phillip on the Museum of Sydney on the site of first Government House in Bridge Street, Sydney  this Thursday morning, August 28th at 11.30 a.m.  The event is free; members of the public are welcome to attend.

 

This will be the highlight of events organised by Sydney Living Museums and other heritage groups to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Governor Phillip in UK on August 31st, 1814. 

 

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The foundation stone of Phillip's house, today on display in the museum, was laid on May 15th, 1788, The foundations were discovered in 1983, thereby cancelling out proposed re-development plans. 

[Dawn Moss, for the Committee, Friends of the First Government House Site Inc]

 

 

 

 

 
Republicans divided again
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 17 August 2014
The latest scrap between some of Australia's most prominent  republicans is over Tony Abbott's position on the  referendum on whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom ( with the Scottish Independence party promising it would remain a kingdom).

Former Fairfax journalist David Marr – drawing a very long bow – argues it is a calculated to protect the monarchy.

On the ABC Insiders programme he argued that Scottish independence would have serious constitutional consequences in Australia. 

The respected conservative commentator Dr Gerard Henderson — a leading republican – disputed that.

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We have a suspicion that David Marr was trying to be amusing.This is about reports that Tony Abbott had joined other international leaders – the  US President Barack Obama and Chinese premier Li Keqiang – in  voicing support for the Better Together campaign.

Tony Abbott told The Times: “What Scots do is a matter for the Scots and not for a moment do I presume to tell Scottish voters which way they should vote.“But as a friend of Britain, as an observer from afar, it’s hard to see how the world would be helped by an independent Scotland.”

 
The Queen invests G-G Sir Peter Cosgrove
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014

On Tuesday, 5 August 2014 at Balmoral The Queen invested the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC as a Knight in the Order of Australia. Prime Minister Tony Abbott (the first executive director of ACM) advised Her Majesty in 2014 to restore Australian knighthoods.

ACM have long campaigned for the restoration of knighthoods and dames and have dedicated a section on our site www.norepublic.com.au to this end.

In late 2013 we petitioned the Prime Minister concerning the appointment of Governors-Generals. We argued that governors-general must be willling to accept such high honours as The Queen may wish to confer.

We stated:

We pray therefore that when you advise Our Most Gracious Sovereign Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia on the appointment of the next Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, You place before Her Majesty the name or names of Australians:

Who are eminent in their chosen field, Who are committed to long standing and time honoured Australian institutions and symbols, Who have no political ambitions,

Who accept that the Australian Crown is and must remain above the political arena,

Who will not divide, but will unite the country,

Who believe in constitutional monarchy and will swear the Oath of Allegiance to the Sovereign, without reservation or condition, Who will in good faith at all times honour their Oath of Allegiance,

and Who are willing to accept the award of such high honours as Her Majesty The Queen may be pleased to confer. And your Petitioners, men and women of Australia, as in duty bound, shall ever pray for Her Majesty's most prosperous reign. Advance Australia Fair! God Save The Queen.

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[ On Tuesday, 5 August 2014 at Balmoral The Queen invested the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC as a Knight in the Order of Australia.Sources: Huffington Post UK, www.norepublic.com.au ]

 

 
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