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Special message from Tony Abbott Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 14 May 2013

On Friday, 26 April 2013, ACM held an Afternoon Tea celebrating Her Majesty's 87th birthday.  Hosted by The Hon. David Clarke MLC, it was a well attended and successful function.

Attendees were delighted when Shadow Special Minister for State, The Hon. Bronwyn Bishop MP delivered the following message from the Leader of the Opposition, The Hon. Tony Abbott MHR.

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To download a PDF copy of the Mr. Abbott's message, please click here.

 
Choral Eucharist - Queen's Coronation Jubilee Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 14 May 2013

The Committee of the South Australian Division of ACM is pleased to bring to your attention a special Choral Eucharist for The Queen's Coronation Jubilee.

To download a PDF copy of the flyer, please click here.

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Secret republic - New republican campaign (Part 3) Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 13 May 2013

 

 Appearing with former Labor Premier of Western Australia Dr. Geoff Gallop, Malcolm Turnbull re-launched the republican campaign at a celebrity attended dinner in Sydney on 10 May 2013. This re-launch, one of several since the 1999 referendum, followed a call by Treasurer Wayne Swan earlier this year for the matter to be returned to the agenda.

Mr. Turnbull’s reaction will no doubt encourage Mr. Swan to emulate former PM Paul Keating who used republicanism to great advantage as a very useful wedge to divide the Liberal Party. On this occasion much could additionally be made of the fact that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is a staunch monarchist, having been Australians for Constitutional Monarchy’s  first national executive director.

 

Curiously these considerations in no way discouraged Mr. Turnbull from making his very public call about some vague undefined politicians’ republic, slap bang in the middle of what is being famously described as the longest election campaign in Australian history. 

During the course of his address, Mr. Turnbull criticized compulsory voting and even going to vote at polling stations.

 No doubt embarrassed by the millions and millionsof taxpayers funds that were poured down the drain over this folly, he is now calling for an "online plebiscite". He claims these  have become more reliable than traditional paper ballots.

 

A blank cheque plebiscite is a favourite tool of authoritarian governments, and those who want to keep the people in the dark. Fortunately our Constitution requires that all the details of any proposed change be on the table before the vote, and not filled in afterwards.




....secret plans ....

 

 

 

It’s as if they were marching down the street chanting: "We want a Republic. We haven’t the foggiest idea what sort of Republic we want.”

The republicans either don't know what they are doing, or worse - they're keeping their plans secret. 

If Mr Turnbull wants to persuade the Australian people they have to be serious. That to go away and it’s hard work and come back with a well worked out proposal. Without that can get very short shrift from the Australian people. 

 

 

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Keep on voting until you agree to a politicians' republic- New republican campaign (Part 2) Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 13 May 2013

 

Malcolm Turnbulll has told Australians they must keep on voting on some  politicians' republic until they get it right. Appearing with former Labor Premier of Western Australia Dr. Geoff Gallop,  Mr Turnbull re-launched the republican campaign at a celebrity attended dinner in Sydney on 10 May 2013. This re-launch, one of several since the 1999 referendum, followed a call by Treasurer Wayne Swan earlier this year for the matter to be returned to the agenda.

 
The Keating style wedge - New Republican Campaign (Part 1) Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 12 May 2013

 In the middle of the longest election campaign in Australian electoral history,  Malcolm Turnbull has risen to the bait thrown out by Treasurer Wayne Swan to wedge the Liberals. The bait is ..... a politicians' republic.

This is real wedge material. The opposition leader, Tony Abbott, is a committed constitutional monarchist. In fact he was the first  Executive Director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy. Why would Malcolm Turnbull do this?

But as Professor David Flint points out, they want to remove our oldest check and balance on the politicians -  without telling us what they are planning to put in its place.

 It's as if they were marching down the street chanting: "We want a Republic. The only trouble is ....we haven't the foggiest idea what sort of Republic we want."

If Mr Turnbull and the ARM want to persuade the Australian people they have to be serious. They have to go away, do the  hard work, work out what precisely they are proposing  and then, and only then, come back with a  worked out proposal.

They must stop taking the Australian people for pushovers. Australians are too smart for that.

Without that can get very short shrift from the Australian people. And rightly so.


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Happy 25th Anniversary Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 09 May 2013

On 9 April 1988 Her Majesty opened the new Parliament House in Canberra. At every stage the Australian Crown has been with us, an intrinsic and essential part of the nation.

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The First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia was opened at the Melbourne Exhibition Building on 9 May 1901. The King of England, Edward VII, sent his son and heir, the Duke of Cornwall and York, to Australia as his representative. The Duke drove through Melbourne streets lined with cheering crowds to the Exhibition Building, where he declared the Parliament open in front of 12,000 guests.

When the government moved to Canberra,the provisional Parliament House was designed and built by the Department of Works and opened by the Duke of York (later George VI) on 9 May 1927.

The great  Dame Nellie Melba sang the first verse of the National Anthem on the steps of the building on the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of York. Melba requested, however, that the assembled crowd be asked by notice, leaflet or loud speaker to refrain from joining in while she sang.

 

 

 

 
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