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ABC broadcasts offensive comment Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Just who would describe the newly born Prince George, the Prince of Cambridge  as a ''parasite''?

None other than the Melbourne broadcaster on the ABC program, Mornings with John Faine.
 

Mr Faine was offensive. And he was wrong.

The Macquarie Dictionary defines ''parasite'' as ''an animal or plant which lives on or in an organism of another species (the host), from the body of which it obtained nutriment''. It is also ''one who lives on others or another without making any useful and fitting return, especially one who lives on the hospitality of others''.

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Some people will find it  curious indeed that one who depends wholly on taxpayer funding  should make such an allegation.



..unjustified....  

 

 

In addition here are those who object to the national broadcaster engaging in what they see as superfluous activities, such as talkback which can be easily provided by the private sector, without the taxpayer having to subsidise them.

ACM, being concerned only with the preservation of our constitutional system and our flag of course takes no position on these criticisms.

Our concern  is that Mr Faine is  not only being offensive. He is asserting that the baby Prince will be living on others without making any useful and fitting return. On both counts we say that he is wrong. As we have long alone argued, the Royal Family is self-funded. And does anyone seriously doubt that the Royal Family does not in full measure serve the several realms and the Commonwealth?

We have asked the ABC to allow us time to explain this, and to explain why so many people are  offended. 


 
Local Government referendum Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 05 August 2013

The holding of the election on 7 September, 2013 means the local government referendum has been suspended and is now unlikely to proceed.  Much of the growing disapproval about the referendum can be attributed to the work of the  Citizens' Vote NO committee.

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This committee prepared the official no case approved by the MP's and Senators, and ran a major media campaign. While ACM took no position on the referendum, the committee  included some prominent ACM people and those who campaigned for the NO case in 1999.

Pending federal funding, the committee raised its own money and set up a corporation, website and facebook pages. Media releases were issued frequently and members appeared regularly in the media.


.....ACM's interest....


 

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Queen's nuclear war speech Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 05 August 2013

A 1983 draft of a speech by The Queen in the event of a nuclear war has been released by the UK archives. This was at a time of heightened cold war tensions.

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She refers to her "beloved son Andrew",  then serving as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot, and the address by King George VI on the outbreak of World War II .

 

"Now this madness of war is once more spreading through the world and our brave country must again prepare itself to survive against great odds."

"I have never forgotten the sorrow and the pride I felt as my sister and I huddled around the nursery wireless set listening to my father's inspiring words on that fateful day in 1939. Not for a single moment did I imagine that this solemn and awful duty would one day fall to me.

"But whatever terrors lie in wait for us all the qualities that have helped to keep our freedom intact twice already during this sad century will once more be our strength."

"As we strive together to fight off the new evil let us pray for our country and men of goodwill wherever they may be," she declares.

"May God bless you all."

 
Brave republican flees Print E-mail
Written by Jai Martinkovits   
Friday, 02 August 2013

The prominent republican – a Sydney Morning Herald weekly columnist and former 2UE talkback broadcaster – Mike Carlton easily takes fright.

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When he wrote that the "chances of (Prince) George Alexander Louis Mountbatten-Windsor wearing what Professor David Flint and his ilk absurdly call the "Australian crown", must be slim," David Flint challenged him to a debate.

But there would be no civilised debate for our Mike.  Instead he skulked off to hide in his eyrie, hurling abuse over his obnoxious tweeting shoulder.

Clearly Carlton knows that Flint would wipe the floor with him.  What courage!  What style!  Carlton uses his weekly platform to throw out a series of propositions, but clearly is incapable and unwilling to defend his obviously untenable positions.

In this case he asserts, as some consensus among like soothsayers, that Australians will at the end of the reign, readily and immediately, decide to make the biggest change ever proposed to our constitutional system.  He is predicting that they will actually rip out the oldest institution from their constitutional system, the one which provides leadership beyond politics.  And despite knowing what politicians can get up to, Australians will joyfully rush to replace their crowned republic with some form of politicians' republic.

It is not surprising that Mr. Carlton is unable to formulate a coherent and sustainable defence to this.  He knows his ability to predict is, to say the least, questionable.  As Flint, who led the ACM campaign in 1999, observed, Carlton was sure the people would vote for his politicians’ republic in 1999 and was no doubt astounded by the landslide.

Then there was his prediction that the funeral of the Queen Mother would only be noticed by "confused Japanese tourists'' and a "few royalists".

So dream on Mr. Carlton, dream on.

 
Flag Day Lunch - Tasmania Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 01 August 2013

The Australian National Flag Association (Tas) Inc. are holding their annual Flag Day luncheon, with Special Guest Elise Archer LLB, on 3 September 2013.

This is to be held at Parliament House, Hobart, at 12noon for 12.30pm.

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Click here to download a PDF copy of the flyer.

 
It's an enormous time of welcoming and celebration Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Reg Watson, Tasmanian Convenor of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, notes that it is an enormous time of welcoming and celebration. He says that the news of the birth of the third in line to the throne can only excite Australians.

He believes that it is a marvellous continuation of the Royal Family and most importantly a continuation of our proven system of government.

Mr. Watson, recognising that personalities are secondary to the system itself, believes that the birth of the Royal Baby will only increase popularity of the system.

 
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