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QCs - a false argument Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 28 March 2014
Independence of Bar not threatened

Silks purse: The case for bringing back Queen’s Counsel

THE termination of the appointment of Queen’s Counsel, now being reversed, had little to do with the independence of the Bar, except as a subterfuge, writes Professor David Flint in The Australian  on 28 March 2014 in the Legal Affairs section.

 

 

It had everything to do with the once fashionable political agenda of removing the oldest institution from the constitutional system, the Australian crown.

This was yet another example of creeping republicanism, removing the symbols and machinery of the crown before the people have decided that their constitutional system should be so radically changed.

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Battle of Port Moresby Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 22 March 2014
The aerial defence of Port Moresby began on 21 March 1942, 72 years ago.

On that day four Kittyhawk aircraft from 75 Squadron RAAF under the command of Squadron Leader Peter Jeffery landed at the Seven Mile Strip, Port Moresby.

The Squadron had only been formed at Townsville, Queensland, on 4 March 1942.
 
 During the afternoon of the day of their arrival, Flying Officer Barry Cox and Flight Lieutenant John Piper shot down a Japanese reconnaissance aircraft.
 
 











Photo: The aerial defence of Port Moresby began on 21 March 1942, 72 years ago.  On that day four Kittyhawk aircraft from 75 Squadron RAAF under the command of Squadron Leader Peter Jeffery landed at the Seven Mile Strip, Port Moresby.  The Squadron had only been formed at Townsville, Queensland, on 4 March 1942.   During the afternoon of the day of their arrival, Flying Officer Barry Cox and Flight Lieutenant John Piper shot down a Japanese reconnaissance aircraft.   Two hours later Squadron Leader J.F. Jackson, the newly appointed commanding officer, led the remainder of the squadron to the Seven Mile Strip.  The squadron was the sole fighter defence of Port Moresby during its 44-day deployment from 21 March to 3 May 1942. Thirty-nine enemy aircraft were destroyed in the air or on the ground, and 54 damaged, for the loss of 12 pilots and 24 aircraft.  The squadron returned to Townsville, and then moved to Kingaroy and Lowood to complete re-equipment and recuperation. Aircrew strength was supplemented by pilots who had seen service with Spitfire squadrons over Europe.  The photograph is of a Kittyhawk in the later operation at Milne Bay.                    [ Australian War Memorial]



 Two hours later Squadron Leader J.F. Jackson, the newly appointed commanding officer, led the remainder of the squadron to the Seven Mile Strip.

The squadron was the sole fighter defence of Port Moresby during its 44-day deployment from 21 March to 3 May 1942. Thirty-nine enemy aircraft were destroyed in the air or on the ground, and 54 damaged, for the loss of 12 pilots and 24 aircraft.

The squadron returned to Townsville, and then moved to Kingaroy and Lowood to complete re-equipment and recuperation. Aircrew strength was supplemented by pilots who had seen service with Spitfire squadrons over Europe.

The photograph is of a Kittyhawk in the later operation at Milne Bay.

 
Return of QCs: Abuse is no argument Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 22 March 2014

 

In "Toff-Tory’ Indeed! A Royalist Responds'' the National Convenor of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy writes in Quadrant Online  that an essay by James Falk opposing the return of Queen's Counsel represents a violation of every sound and time-honoured conservative principle. 
 

Professor Flint says that James Falk  adopted an approach more practiced by Marxists and their acolytes than someone claiming to be a conservative with views ”forged by Hume, Burke, Oakeshott and even Scruton.”

Instead of an analysis of the arguments concerning Queen's Counsel, his essay is essentially a very nasty and personal attack on constitutional monarchists. Indeed, the essay is a lengthy argumentum ad hominem.

 

Writing against the return of Queen’s Counsel, James Falk adopts an approach more practiced by Marxists and their acolytes than someone claiming to be a conservative with views ”forged by Hume, Burke, Oakeshott and even Scruton.”   Instead of an analysis of the arguments, his is essentially a very nasty and personal  attack on constitutional monarchists. Indeed, the essay is a lengthy argumentum ad hominem.  Read more: http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2014/03/toff-tory-indeed-monarchist-returns-fire/

 Read more: http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2014/03/toff-tory-indeed-monarchist-returns-fire/

 

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Air Vice Marshal Francis Hubert (Frank) McNamara, VC, CB, CBE [1894-1961] Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 22 March 2014

Lieutenant F.H. McNamara, who rose to the rank of Air Vice Marshall, originally from Rushworth, Victoria, in 1917 became the first Australian airman to win a Victoria Cross for rescuing a downed comrade in Palestine.

On 20 March McNamara, flying with the Royal Flying Corps, saw a fellow squadron member Captain D.W. Rutherford, shot down. Although having just suffered a serious leg wound, McNamara landed near the stricken Rutherford who climbed aboard, but his wound prevented McNamara from taking off and his aircraft crashed.

 

 

 

Photo: Lieutenant F.H. McNamara, who rose to the rank of Air Vice Marshall, originally from Rushworth, Victoria, this month in 1917  became the first Australian airman to win a Victoria Cross. for rescuing a downed comrade in Palestine.   On 20 March McNamara, flying with the Royal Flying Corps in Palestine, saw a fellow squadron member, Captain D. W. Rutherford, shot down.   Although having just suffered a serious leg wound, McNamara landed near the stricken Rutherford who climbed aboard, but his wound prevented McNamara from taking off and his aircraft crashed.   The two men made it back to Rutherford's plane which they succeeded in starting and, with McNamara at the controls, they took off just as enemy cavalry reached the scene. For this action McNamara was awarded the Victoria Cross.   He was promoted to captain and appointed Flight Commander in April 1917, but his wound prevented further flying and he was invalided to Australia in August that year. His appointment with the Australian Flying Corps ended in January 1918 but he was reappointed in September and became an aviation instructor.   In 1921 McNamara transferred to the newly established Royal Australian Air Force as a flight lieutenant. He held a number of senior RAAF appointments between the wars, and spent two years on exchange to the RAF in the mid-1920s.   At the beginning of the Second World War, McNamara was promoted to air commodore and, in 1942, air vice marshal. Between 1942 and 1945 he served as Air Officer Commanding British Forces in Aden before returning to London as the RAAF's representative at Britain's Ministry of Defence.   In July 1946 he became Director of Education at the headquarters of the British Occupation Administration in Germany.   He died in London on 2 November 1961.  [Australian War Memorial]
The two men made it back to Rutherford's plane which they succeeded in starting and, with McNamara at the controls, they took off just as enemy cavalry reached the scene. For this action McNamara was awarded the Victoria Cross.

He was promoted to captain and appointed Flight Commander in April 1917, but his wound prevented further flying and he was invalided to Australia in August that year. His appointment with the Australian Flying Corps ended in January 1918 but he was reappointed in September and became an aviation instructor. In 1921 McNamara transferred to the newly established Royal Australian Air Force as a flight lieutenant. He held a number of senior RAAF appointments between the wars, and spent two years on exchange to the RAF in the mid-1920s.

At the beginning of the Second World War, McNamara was promoted to air commodore and, in 1942, air vice marshal. Between 1942 and 1945 he served as Air Officer Commanding British Forces in Aden before returning to London as the RAAF's representative at Britain's Ministry of Defence. In July 1946 he became Director of Education at the headquarters of the British Occupation Administration in Germany.

He died in London on 2 November 1961.

[Australian War Memorial]

 
Bob Hawke trying to get Aussies to sign a blank cheque Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 22 March 2014

Bob Hawke is actually trying to get Aussies to sign a blank cheque to bring in some sort of politicians' republic  at the end of this reign. Bob must think Aussies are dumb. In fact since 1999, the republicans' campaign has consisted of getting a blank cheque on both the constitution and the flag.

Bob this just doesn't pass the smell test.

It is extraordinary how desperate the republicans are.

Peter FitzSimons wrote to me recently to tell me how former PM Bob Hawke is working to impose some sort of  a republic at the end of The Queen's reign. Although he was prepared to campaign against the Queen in 1999 he has now decided that she is the major obstacle to Australians blindly adopting some sort of a politicians' republic.

He wants us to  have a referendum now on the question: ''Are you in favour of Australia becoming a republic when the Queen's reign is over?'' 

  

 

 

The idea of a referendum to take effect on the passing of the Queen is not only macabre and grotesque but legally full of holes.

 It is unachievable not only for uncertainty but particularly because it does not spell out  what sort of politicians' republic he has up his sleeve, precisely what sections of the Constitution are to be amended and how.  It's a joke.

 

[To read the letter Peter FizSimons' letter to me  and my reply go to http://bit.ly/1gK5aH0]

 

 

 

 
Celebrate The Queen's Birthday with ACM as the Royal Visit Begins Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014

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

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The luncheon celebrating the Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be held at Noon for 12.30pm on Wednesday 16 April 2014 in the Stranger's Dining Room, Parliament House, Macquarie Street Sydney.

The celebratory luncheon will coincide with the arrival in Sydney of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and baby Prince George.

The Guests of Honour will be Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, and Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE.

Click here to download your PDF copy of the flyer and acceptance form.

To register for this joint function:

  1. Please complete the name(s), contact details and seating preferences at the bottom of the slip.
  2. Please ensure that cheques are made payable to "Australia-Britain Society (NSW Branch) Inc.
  3. Return booking form and cheque to ACM, GPO Box 9841, Sydney NSW 2001. 

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

 
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