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Prince William unveils Flinders statue at Australia House in London
Written by ACM   
Friday, 25 July 2014

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Prince William attended Australia House in London on Friday to unveil a statue of explorer Matthew Flinders.

The statue commemorates the British captain who between 1801 and 1803 became the first to circumnavigate the island continent, mapping its whole coastline. The navigator and cartographer is also credited with popularising the use of ‘Australia’ as the name of the land mass more commonly referred to as Terra Australis at the time.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, The Duke of Cambridge lauded the sculpture’s creator Mark Richards for “telling the story of Captain Flinders with such elegance.”

“First, I appreciate the way this work communicates Captain Flinders as a man of action, strength and determination,” Prince William said.

“Second, I very much appreciate the sensitivity of the inscription around the base of the statue.

“Some of you may know that Matthew Flinders had an indigenous Australian on board with whom he clearly had a close rapport. His name was Bungaree, a person Flinders described as ‘worthy and brave’.

”’Worthy and brave’ is a description that is just as apt for Captain Flinders himself.”

Read more: http://bit.ly/1tHWrw6

 
Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony: Eyes of the world fall on Glasgow for spectacular show at Celti
Written by ACM   
Friday, 25 July 2014

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They cheered for teams fresh from two-week trips on post office ships, and the microscopic populations of tide-lapped Pacific atolls. But the biggest roar of the night was reserved for the Queen who declared open the Commonwealth Games deep in the green-hooped half of Glasgow.

Piles of Scottish cliches unashamedly lay thick on the ground where the legendary Lisbon Lions once jinked their way to glory as Celtic Park reached out to put on a welcome which shattered so many entrenched political divides.

It could only be the Commonwealth Games: that last bastion of slightly anarchic unpredictability in a sporting world increasingly over-glossed into a shiny sludge of commercial profit and polished platitudes.

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After all, the Games had not even begun and already befuddled squads of far-flung cyclists had embarked upon their quadrennial reckless road trip round the host city's major motorways. Novice swimmers and squash players have expressed their excitement simply to belong.

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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-2703218/COMMONWEALTH-GAMES-OPENING-CEREMONY-Eyes-world-fall-Glasgow-spectacular-Celtic-Park.html#ixzz38QgepupU

 
Her Majesty presents Dame Quentin Bryce with Insignia
Written by ACM   
Friday, 25 July 2014

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Former Governor-General of Australia, Dame Quentin Bryce, was presented by Her Majesty with the insignia of Dame of the Order of Australia at Buckingham Palace on 22 July 2014. Her husband Michael Bryce was in attendance.

 
Luncheon: The 200th Anniversary of the Death of Admiral Arthur Phillip
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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To download a PDF copy of the flyer, please click here.

Australians for Constitutional Monarchy (ACM) is pleased to invite you and your guests to another joint function with the Australia-Britain Society (NSW Branch) Inc. (ABS).

A luncheon commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Death of Admiral Arthur Phillip will be held at Noon for 12.30pm on Wednesday, 27 August 2014, in the Stranger's Dining Room, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney. Our Parliamentary Host will be the Rev. the Hon. Fred Nile MLC.

Special guest, Mr. Richard Tanner, will share his experience in overcoming republican opposition to the 1988 First Fleet Re-enactment.

Full details of the luncheon, which also commemorates the 200th Anniversary of the Death of Captain Matthew Flinders, can be found on the flyer above.

We do hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a wonderful afternoon.

 
Arthur Phillip memorial stone unveiled at Westminster Abbey
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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A memorial stone to first fleet commander Admiral Arthur Phillip has been unveiled at Westminster Abbey in central London.

The Duke of Edinburgh laid a wreath at the stone during an hour-long dedication service on Wednesday that was also attended by NSW Governor Dame Marie Bashir.

Phillip, the first governor of NSW, is the latest addition to the long list of 3,300 notable people buried or memorialised in the abbey.

This year marks 200 years since Phillip died in August 1814 in England.

Australians for Constitutional Monarchy is holding a combined luncheon with the Australia-Britain Society (NSW Branch) on 27 August to commemorate this significant occasion. The guest speaker will be Mr. Richard Tanner, who played a significant role in overcoming republican opposition to the 1988 First Fleer Re-enactment. Details of the luncheon will be posted shortly.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/10/arthur-phillip-memorial-stone-unveiled-westminster-abbey

 
Happy Birthday Prince George!
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Australians for Constitutional Monarchy is delighted to, on behalf of all its members, wish little Prince George much health and happiness on this, the occasion of his first Birthday.

The beautiful image above, taken recently, shows the Prince walking unaided. The Duke of Cambridge has described the baby Prince as "charging" around Kensington Palace, while his uncle has noted his nephew's resemblance to Winston Churchill.

 
All Saints Brisbane Evensong and Benediction Service
Written by ACM   
Monday, 21 July 2014

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Fr. Richard of All Saints, Brisbane, has extended an invitation to all ACM supporters to attend an Evensong and Benediction Service, on Sunday 3rd August.

The service will commence with four verses of “God Save the Queen”,  and “The Litany of the Warrior Saints” will be sung in procession which will include the World War I saints, St Pius X, as well as recently beatified “Blessed Charles, Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary”, and Russian canonised “St Nicholas-the-Passion-Bearer and Czar of All the Russias”.

Lessons will be read in German and French respectively.

The Preacher will be The Rev’d Major David Snape, Defence Force Chaplain – Army at Amberley.

 
Condolences to families of MH17 disaster
Written by ACM   
Monday, 21 July 2014

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Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, like all Australians and others around the world, was very saddened to learn of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 disaster.

Our condolences go out, in particular, to families of those Australians who so senselessly lost their lives.

We have no doubt that the nation is behind the Prime Minister's call for an independent investigation.

 
Her Majesty invests Marie Bashir with insignia
Written by ACM   
Friday, 18 July 2014

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The Buckingham Palace Court Circular of 16 July notes that:

"Professor the Honourable Marie Bashir was received by The Queen today when Her Majesty invested her with the Insignia of a Dame of the Order of Australia. Sir Nicholas Shehadie was also received by The Queen."

No images of the investiture appear to be available at this stage.

 
Stability first
Written by ACM   
Friday, 18 July 2014

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In The Australian's editorial (15 July 2014) on its 50th anniversary, the newspaper concedes that with a dramatic fall in those strongly supporting change to some politicians' republic, Australians probably are indicating how much they appreciate and prefer the stability which comes from our constitutional monarchy.

The newspaper led the media's campaign for a Yes vote in the 1999 referendum to replace the Crown with about the Keating-Turnbull republic.

Read more: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/tablet-t3/tablet-t3/a-nation-of-optimists-on-a-bumpy-quest-to-adulthood/story-fnmc7fzj-1226988892747?sv=52a00690f793e94314f50b4f6a4e00f0

 
A ticking timebomb for republicans
Written by David Flint   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014

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From the Australian's 50th Anniversary republican poll, republicans should prepare themselves not only for the reign of King Charles II but also King William V and King George VII.

The latest Newspoll is consistent with two trends which have long been apparent in all the major polls on this issue.

The first trend is that even before the young Royals became so prominent there has been since the referendum landslide defeat in 1999 a decline in support for a republic.*

The second polling trend, one from even before the referendum, is that the young have been less supportive of change than the middle aged.

This has curiously escaped the republican movement who believe they have the youth vote in the bag. Senator  Roxon famously boasted that no new monarchists are being born. The current ARM director David Morris even claimed recently on 3AW that every poll over the last 30 years showed the young are the most republican. To hear the 3AW interview, please click here.

... Bad news for republicans ... 

There are two pieces of worse news for the republicans. Until recently the elderly were most opposed to a republic. This position is now under challenge from the young, with some polls indicating the young are now the least supportive of a republic. Newspoll has them neck to neck.

The second bad news is that Newspoll reveals there are fewer passionate republicans among the young than in any other age group. There are only 17% "strongly in favour" of a republic, compared with the 24- 25% in the other age groups.

That that really is a time bomb for the republicans.

What will really disturb our republican politicians is young peoples' opinion about their favourite republican model – the one where the politicians and not the people choose the president.

A miserable  8% of our youth agree with this - by far the lowest of any age group.

This no doubt reflects the extreme distrust of politicians among the nation's youth.

So why is a republic on the nose among the nation's youth?

The republicans say it's all because of the celebrity value of the young royals.

That's a facile and glib explanation. It just doesn't hold water.

... Not about personalities ...

It should be remembered that in 1999 the ARM accused the monarchists of ''not mentioning the Queen''.

But we had made a conscious decision that we would argue the case on constitutional issues rather than on relying on the well known personal qualities of the Sovereign.

If you look at our position in the 1999 Yes/No booklet it will be seen that the No case was essentially about the constitutional checks and balances on the politicians.

This was summed up in our  argument that the 1999 Keating Turnbull republic would have been the only one in history where it would have been easier for the prime minister to sack the president than his cook.

The president would be the prime minister's puppet.

This distrust of the politicians and the refusal in 1999 to give them even more power  is probably having a stronger impact now.

Without doubt the examples of massive corruption, profligacy, maladministration and broken promises have led to a massive fall in confidence in the nation's mainly republican politicians.

By way of contrast, the Royal family and our viceroys present outstanding examples of exemplary behaviour.

In addition it should be remembered that will support for a vague undefined republic was already falling before the young Royals made their present impact on the Australian scene.

... Service, Duty and Honour ...

Of course the Royal family generally has strengthened support constitutional monarchy. The Queen on her last visit was greeted by crowds everywhere. The young Royals are equally popular.

This is not because of some celebrity status as if they were film stars.

All of them are greatly respected because Australians realise that they are not playing the roles they do to collect some golden handshake, politicians' superannuation or other perks of office.

Australians recognise in each member of the Royal family a sense of service whether that be in the Armed Forces, in charitable work, in service to the poor and underprivileged  and just the way in which they fulfil their royal functions.

And when Australians compare that with so many of their politicians they increasingly say No to some politicians' republic.

Even for those Australians who don't see the constitutional importance of the Crown, many if not most have clearly come to the conclusion that this institution is benign and does them no harm.

The fact is Crown threatens no one –  except the most delinquent politicians.

*Note 1: In a referendum the undecided overwhelmingly vote No, as happened in 1999.

Note 2: Indication of support for a republic in a poll is likely to be at least 5 or 6% higher than the vote in a referendum where a precise model must be on the table. This is because proponents of change naturally have the first say. It is only as vote approaches that the electorate hears the warnings from the No case. At about the same time republican divisions emerge about the model.

 
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