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Christmas at Sandringham Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 04 January 2014

The Queen joined members of the Royal Family who walked to  Sandringham's  St Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas Day 2013. This clip was published by the BBC

 

 
The rustle of silk: a restoration play for the 21st Century? Print E-mail
Written by Thomas Bradley QC   
Thursday, 02 January 2014

This paper by our ACM's Queensland Convenor was presented to our 14th National Conference. After we invited him to present a paper on the restoration of Queen's Counsel by Queensland Attorney-General, the Hon. Jarrod Bleijie MP, we were delighted to learn that Mr. Bradley himself had just taken silk. We congratulate him and we also warmly congratulate the Attorney-General for his superb initiative.

Below are the Letters Patent which include those stirring words "To all to whom These Presents Shall Come Greeting: ... We of Our own special grace ... by these Presents do constitute, ordain, and appoint Our trustee and Well-beloved Thomas Joseph Bradley ... to be one Our Counsel Learned in the law ..." To download a larger version of the Letters Patent, please click here. 

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What is there to know about Queen’s Counsel?

A QC wears a silk gown to court of a particular design, which is why the appointment as Queen’s Counsel is often referred to as “taking silk” and QC’s are colloquially referred to as “silks”.  QCs also wear a unique black court frock coat, instead of the long sleeved waistcoat.  On normal court appearances, at trials or appeals, a QC wears a short horsehair wig, the same as a junior counsel.  But on ceremonial occasions, a QC may wear a full-bottomed wig.

A QC has the privilege of sitting within the bar of the court in the position of pre-eminence; in Queensland at the right-hand end of the bar table.  Of course, where a QC is appearing in a matter against the Crown, such as in defence of an accused or for a civil claimant against the Crown, the Counsel appearing for the Crown (whether a QC or not) may take the pre-eminent position. 

The first Queens Counsel was Sir Francis Bacon, who in 1597 was given letters patent affording him precedence at the Bar, under the title Queen’s Counsel Extraordinary.  In 1603, after the succession of James the First (and Sixth), Sir Francis was given the formal style King’s Counsel.  Since then this shorter title has been adopted for members of the Bar upon whom that status is conferred by the Crown and recognised by the Courts.

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Happy New Year Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 31 December 2013

To all our ACM members, supporters and visitors - and to all those dear to you,

A Happy & Royal New Year,

From David Flint, Jai Martinkovits & Luke Hantzis at the ACM national office

 

 

 
 
Field Marshal "Bill'' Slim, 13th G-G Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Field Marshal Sir William Joseph "Bill" Slim, 1st Viscount Slim was the 13th Governor-General of Australia (1953 to 1959), and among the most popular.

 A veteran of both wars he led the 14th "forgotten ''Army in the Burma campaign in the Second.

Seen by Australians as a great war hero, he had been severely wounded at Gallipoli, serving alongside Australians there and in the Middle East.

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Only The Queen understands Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 30 December 2013

Professor Philip Murphy’s book  "Monarchy and the End of Empire'' – is ''by a country mile the most important and well-informed to have been written about the contemporary British monarchy...''  writes Peter Oborne in the London Daily Telegraph on 27 December 2013 ''Only the Queen understands the true value of the Commonwealth''.

You can order this substantial hardback  book published by Oxford University Press through the Book Depository. The  price is discounted by  10%, with free delivery and no tax, and also providing  a commission  to ACM. Just click here.

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Professor Murphy  says the record  suggests that The Queen may well be better informed and be more abreast of the time than her ministers.

'' Look at her record: against Suez; in favour of Macmillan; against arms sales to South Africa; for sanctions against apartheid. A personal record of wise but deft interventions in foreign affairs.

''She is pro-British, but does not think that means being slavishly European or Atlanticist.

''She understands the relevance of ancient history to modern foreign policy.

''She knows a multitude of world leaders.

His ultimate challenge is this: ''Here’s a thought: could it be that the Queen, and the Commonwealth she heads, is a far greater foreign policy asset to Britain than all recent foreign secretaries and prime ministers put together?''

 

 

 
Only The Queen understands Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 30 December 2013

Professor Philip Murphy’s book  "Monarchy and the End of Empire'' – is ''by a country mile the most important and well-informed to have been written about the contemporary British monarchy...''  writes Peter Oborne in the London Daily Telegraph on 27 December 2013 ''Only the Queen understands the true value of the Commonwealth''.

You can order this substantial hardback  book published by Oxford University Press through the Book Depository. The  price is discounted by  10%, with free delivery and no tax, and also providing  a commission  to ACM. Just click here.

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Professor Murphy  says the record  suggests that The Queen may well be better informed and be more abreast of the time than her ministers.

'' Look at her record: against Suez; in favour of Macmillan; against arms sales to South Africa; for sanctions against apartheid. A personal record of wise but deft interventions in foreign affairs.

''She is pro-British, but does not think that means being slavishly European or Atlanticist.

''She understands the relevance of ancient history to modern foreign policy.

''She knows a multitude of world leaders.

His ultimate challenge is this: ''Here’s a thought: could it be that the Queen, and the Commonwealth she heads, is a far greater foreign policy asset to Britain than all recent foreign secretaries and prime ministers put together?''

 

 

 
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