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Michael Hodgman's State Memorial Service Print E-mail
Written by Reg Watson   
Monday, 08 July 2013

The State Memorial Service to the Honourable (William) Michael Hodgman AM QC took place 3rd July 2013.  It was held at the Federation Concert Hall, Hobart.  The venue can seat 1100 people. It was nearly full capacity.

Michael Hodgman was a Patron of ACM and Patron to the Australian National Flag Association (Tas).  As Tasmanian Convenor of ACM and Tasmanian President of ANFA I attended.  However, it was more than just in an official capacity; for Michael was my friend and inspiration.  Michael Hodgman was a great Monarchist and lover of the Australian and State Flags.  He was a passionate Tasmanian.  He loved his British heritage.  Yet he was approached by all and had an affectionate nature.  With hand outstretched and with his booming voice (was known as Mouth of the South) he was full of enthusiasm and sincerity.  The character of Michael’s will not be replaced easily if at all.  He was flamboyant, colourful and witty.

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[Michael Hodgman (left) and Reg Watson, outside the Vote NO campaign HQ during the republic referendum]

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Referendum- equal finding and everyone should receive the YES/NO booklet Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 04 July 2013

Provided the election is held on or after 14 September, we shall also be asked to vote on a referendum described as one to recognise local government in the Constitution.

It is not appropriate for a monarchist organisation to take a position on the referendum itself.


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    [Malcolm Fraser & Gough Whitlam united for a republic, 1999]



...funding & YES/NO Booklet...




While opponents have concerns about the effect of the proposed changes on the relative powers of the federal authorities and the states, opposing it could not be justified under our mission or charter.

That said the decision not to grant equal funding to both the YES and NO cases, and the legislation to stop the YES/NO booklet going to every voter must be opposed.

 In fact in the Parliamentary Inquiry in 2009, ACM argued strongly that if funding is granted in a referendum, it should  be equal. We also argued that the YES/NO booklet continue to be sent to every voter: Preparations for a Plebiscite.  ( There are links there to our submissions)


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Individuals will of course take positions. I should reveal that I was invited to write an opinion piece on this for the July issue of Quadrant : “The Centralist Agenda in Disguise.”

The YES case is being coordinated by  the Australian Local Government Association .

The NO case, in which I am involved, centres on the No Power Grab site and  Facebook page.

Incidentally NO campaigners include some prominent NO Case campaigners from 1999 – the Hon.Peter Reith, the Hon. Nick Minchin  and Julian Leeser, and one from the 1999 YES case, Professor Greg Craven , Vice Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University.



...constitutional change.....   

 

 

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Former Vice Regal country residence 'Hillview' and coal mining Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013

 

 The former summer residence of NSW Governors, the beautiful 'Hillview' property in the Southern Highlands, will be affected by a proposal  to undertake coal exploration in the Southern Highlands by the South Korean miner POSCO.


'Hillview' is regarded by the Heritage Council as having exceptional significance to the people of New South Wales. From the description of the house as the most intact vice regal summer residence to survive, it would seem that the property is of considerable significance to the nation as well.

 

 

 

 The vice regal country residence between 1882 and 1957, it was used by 16 governors over a period of 75 years.


 According to the Heritage Council, Hillview reflects government policies, attitudes and budgetary considerations from 1882 to 1957. The site retains its curtilage from the early 1870's and the buildings are essentially in the form they were in 1899 with only minor alterations since.

The viceregal contents are largely intact and clearly indicate the way the buildings were occupied and used.


 

 ...rare surviving collection...




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The constitution works smoothly Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Friday, 28 June 2013

The constitutional principle is that a government must have the confidence of Parliament. Here the Governor-General commissions Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister on the understanding this will be announced in the House within hours. It was open to the House to resolve that it had no confidence in the Prime Minister. It did not.

 

Whatever we think of the political machinations, the constitutional system works smoothly - and has in this country worked smoothly from the middle of the 19th century in a way which few systems have. That is why ACM says that the onus is on those who would trash our oldest constitutional institution to first tell the people what they would put in its place. Then they must demonstrate why it would be better.

 The  Swan-Turnbull republican push does not get to first base.    

 
Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird, the 40th Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan, was awarded one of the nation's highest decorations, the Medal for Gallantry, in 2007 for a desperate attempt to save a mortally wounded mate under heavy fire. 

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The special forces soldier from the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment was killed on Saturday leading a team of commandos in a raid on an insurgent position in the Khod Valley area of Oruzgan Province and serving his country.

 

Corporal Baird was on his fifth tour of Afghanistan after service in Iraq and East Timor.

 

May he rest in peace.

 
Royals at war Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 24 June 2013

Royals At War takes an in-depth look at the involvement of members of the Royal family between 1939-1945, a sometimes forgotten part of the story of the war.

This will be broadcast across Australia on the Foxtel History Channel on Wednesday 3 July 2013 at 7.30 pm.

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