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Royal Reception for World Cup Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014

The Australian Rugby League team, along with other teams, were welcomed by the Prince of Wales at the World Cup last year.

 
Australian to head Order of St. John. Print E-mail
Written by Simon Frame   
Monday, 10 February 2014

It has been announced that an Australian, Dr Neil Conn AO, has been appointed by Her Majesty The Queen to the role of Lord Prior of the Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem.

Dr Conn is a former Administrator of the Northern Territory and currently sits with other eminent Australians on the Queens Jubilee Trust Australia.

 

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 [Prior mantle star]

 

The Venerable Order of St John is the parent organisation of the perhaps more well known St John Ambulance Service.

 

St John Ambulance is the famed  provider of first aid services, training and equipment.

With their black and white uniforms not to mention their readiness to help all, they are a popular, well recognised part of Australian life.

 

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[St John's Ambulance volunteers]

 

Former appointments to the role of Lord Prior have included  a Canadian. 

As much as anything else this is recognition of the good work that the Order and that St John Ambulance play in those nations of which Elizabeth II is Sovereign, and also around the world.

 

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[ Sir Roden Cutler's honours]

 

In Australia, Governors-General - as the representatives of the Crown - are Priors of the Venerable Order of St John. Likewise each State Governor is a Deputy Prior of the Order.

 

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  [HE Professor Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales]

 

The appointment of Dr Conn reinforces the strong connections that the leadership of the Venerable Order of Saint John has with Australia. HRH Henry, Duke of Gloucester(1900-1974) was Grand Prior of the Order from 1939 until 1974, which period included his tenure as Governor-General of Australia.

 

 His son, HRH Richard Duke of Gloucester, was appointed by the Queen to succeed his father in 1974. Prince Richard is still the Grand Prior of the Order.

 

In the Jubilee Year, 2012, Prince Richard visited Australia in his role as Grand Prior and on that occasion a luncheon was held by the Honourable Don Harwin MLC, President of the Legislative Council of New South Wales in honour of the Grand Prior and in recognition of the good work that the Order does in Australia.

 

There is also a NSW Parliament Auxiliary of the Order of Saint John, which is a bi-partisan group which seeks to aid the Order and its Ambulance arm in their work.

 

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 [HRH Richard Duke of Gloucester at NSW State Parliament. By kind permission of the Honourable Don Harwin MLC, President of the Legislative Council]

 

 

 

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Sixty two glorious years Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Friday, 07 February 2014

Sixty two years ago, our much loved King, George VI, dies peacefully in his sleep. The Heiress Presumptive, the Princess Elizabeth was in Kenya on her way to Australia and New Zealand.  She returned to a grey and sombre London, Sir Winston Churchill and her ministers waiting at the airport.

 The Accession Council met proclaiming her Queen Elizabeth II.

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John David Olsen to address English-Speaking Union Lunch Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 07 February 2014

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The English-Speaking Union is hosting a luncheon at Noon, on Friday 28 February, at the Sir Stamford Hotel, Circular Quay.

The guest speaker will be John David Olsen, Chairman of The Churchill Centre Australia (CCA). His address is entitled "Sir Winston finds a home in Washington D.C. The 31st International Churchill Conference".

In late 2013 Mr. Olsen attended the ceremony for the unveiling of Winston Churchill's bust on Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. This ceremony was followed by the International Conference of the Churchill Centre.

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To download a PDF version of the flyer and booking form, click here.

 
London Mayor Boris Johnson: why won't Aussie republicans pay their debts? Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 06 February 2014

It's time for the United Kingdom to resume  a close relationship with the growth economies of the Commonwealth, says Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

He is especially is calling for  reciprocal immigration rights between the United Kingdom and Australia.

He was speaking in a lecture at the leading international relations think tank, the Sydney-based Lowy Institute for International Policy on 24 August 2013.

Emphasising the very close links between the United Kingdom and Australia, and that Australia had stood with  the UK in  both world wars, he referred to the fact that in 1999 Australians voted to keep the constitutional monarchy.

He told the story of how in 1992 he had a bet of $100 with academics from Monash University who were insisting  that changed to a republic was inevitable, just, he said, as "Barry the chief minister" had predicted the evening of the lecture. (Who could he have been referring to?)

He said that despite the referendum 13 years ago, the Republican academics have not yet paid their the debts.

 

 
The tide has turned - QCs back Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014

The tide has indeed turned. Creeping republicanism is being reversed across the nation, as it already had been in New Zealand. The infantile and vindictive suppression of the rank of Queen's Counsel is being reversed, not least because its perpetrators had not thought through the consequences, even on international trade. 

But it needs someone of strength to reverse a trend which the small band of inner city republican elites has long insisted is inevitable.

As we reported in December 2012, ''Republican lawyers tipped to lead the rush to Brisbane'', the young and energetic  Attorney General  of Queensland, the Hon. Jarrod Bleijie MP decided on the restoration of Queen's Counsel.

At the time we issued a word  of warning to senior lawyers in other states.  ''Do not stand between your republican colleagues  and getting to Brisbane airport,  otherwise you’ll be knocked over in the rush.''

Now the Victorian  Attorney-General Robert Clark has acted to re-introduce the rank in Victoria. ACM warmly congratulates him on this action

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It was only a matter of time before other states would follow Queensland. Earlier in 2013, the Hon. Neil Brown QC wrote of a similar move in Victoria.

Now is the Victorian  Attorney-General Robert Clark today announced that Victorian Senior Counsel will in future have the option to be appointed as Queen’s Counsel upon application. 

This followed a request to the Victorian Government from the Victorian Bar Council to give senior barristers the choice of being known as Senior Counsel (SCs) or Queen’s Counsel (QCs). 

The Attorney-General said that giving barristers a choice between the titles would allow those barristers who so wished to be able to benefit from the awareness of the seniority and standing that comes with the long-standing title of QC. 




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