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Republicans divided again Print E-mail
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Sunday, 17 August 2014
The latest scrap between some of Australia's most prominent  republicans is over Tony Abbott's position on the  referendum on whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom ( with the Scottish Independence party promising it would remain a kingdom).

Former Fairfax journalist David Marr – drawing a very long bow – argues it is a calculated to protect the monarchy.

On the ABC Insiders programme he argued that Scottish independence would have serious constitutional consequences in Australia. 

The respected conservative commentator Dr Gerard Henderson — a leading republican – disputed that.

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We have a suspicion that David Marr was trying to be amusing.This is about reports that Tony Abbott had joined other international leaders – the  US President Barack Obama and Chinese premier Li Keqiang – in  voicing support for the Better Together campaign.

Tony Abbott told The Times: “What Scots do is a matter for the Scots and not for a moment do I presume to tell Scottish voters which way they should vote.“But as a friend of Britain, as an observer from afar, it’s hard to see how the world would be helped by an independent Scotland.”

 
The Queen invests G-G Sir Peter Cosgrove Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014

On Tuesday, 5 August 2014 at Balmoral The Queen invested the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC as a Knight in the Order of Australia. Prime Minister Tony Abbott (the first executive director of ACM) advised Her Majesty in 2014 to restore Australian knighthoods.

ACM have long campaigned for the restoration of knighthoods and dames and have dedicated a section on our site www.norepublic.com.au to this end.

In late 2013 we petitioned the Prime Minister concerning the appointment of Governors-Generals. We argued that governors-general must be willling to accept such high honours as The Queen may wish to confer.

We stated:

We pray therefore that when you advise Our Most Gracious Sovereign Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia on the appointment of the next Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, You place before Her Majesty the name or names of Australians:

Who are eminent in their chosen field, Who are committed to long standing and time honoured Australian institutions and symbols, Who have no political ambitions,

Who accept that the Australian Crown is and must remain above the political arena,

Who will not divide, but will unite the country,

Who believe in constitutional monarchy and will swear the Oath of Allegiance to the Sovereign, without reservation or condition, Who will in good faith at all times honour their Oath of Allegiance,

and Who are willing to accept the award of such high honours as Her Majesty The Queen may be pleased to confer. And your Petitioners, men and women of Australia, as in duty bound, shall ever pray for Her Majesty's most prosperous reign. Advance Australia Fair! God Save The Queen.

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[ On Tuesday, 5 August 2014 at Balmoral The Queen invested the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC as a Knight in the Order of Australia.Sources: Huffington Post UK, www.norepublic.com.au ]

 

 
Flag Day Lunch 2014 - Tasmania Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The Australian National Flag Association (Tas) Inc. are holding their annual Flag Day luncheon on Friday 5 September 2014.

Present will be Special Guest Mr. Tony Hope, Tasmanian historian & author, Geologist & principal mining consultant at GHD, active member of ANFA (TAS), as well as a passionate supporter of our nation's rich history, heritage & institutions.Elise Archer LLB, on Friday 5 September 2014.

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.

 
Prince William unveils Flinders statue at Australia House in London Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 25 July 2014

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Prince William attended Australia House in London on Friday to unveil a statue of explorer Matthew Flinders.

The statue commemorates the British captain who between 1801 and 1803 became the first to circumnavigate the island continent, mapping its whole coastline. The navigator and cartographer is also credited with popularising the use of ‘Australia’ as the name of the land mass more commonly referred to as Terra Australis at the time.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, The Duke of Cambridge lauded the sculpture’s creator Mark Richards for “telling the story of Captain Flinders with such elegance.”

“First, I appreciate the way this work communicates Captain Flinders as a man of action, strength and determination,” Prince William said.

“Second, I very much appreciate the sensitivity of the inscription around the base of the statue.

“Some of you may know that Matthew Flinders had an indigenous Australian on board with whom he clearly had a close rapport. His name was Bungaree, a person Flinders described as ‘worthy and brave’.

”’Worthy and brave’ is a description that is just as apt for Captain Flinders himself.”

Read more: http://bit.ly/1tHWrw6

 
Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony: Eyes of the world fall on Glasgow for spectacular show at Celti Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 25 July 2014

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They cheered for teams fresh from two-week trips on post office ships, and the microscopic populations of tide-lapped Pacific atolls. But the biggest roar of the night was reserved for the Queen who declared open the Commonwealth Games deep in the green-hooped half of Glasgow.

Piles of Scottish cliches unashamedly lay thick on the ground where the legendary Lisbon Lions once jinked their way to glory as Celtic Park reached out to put on a welcome which shattered so many entrenched political divides.

It could only be the Commonwealth Games: that last bastion of slightly anarchic unpredictability in a sporting world increasingly over-glossed into a shiny sludge of commercial profit and polished platitudes.

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After all, the Games had not even begun and already befuddled squads of far-flung cyclists had embarked upon their quadrennial reckless road trip round the host city's major motorways. Novice swimmers and squash players have expressed their excitement simply to belong.

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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-2703218/COMMONWEALTH-GAMES-OPENING-CEREMONY-Eyes-world-fall-Glasgow-spectacular-Celtic-Park.html#ixzz38QgepupU

 
Her Majesty presents Dame Quentin Bryce with Insignia Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 July 2014

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Former Governor-General of Australia, Dame Quentin Bryce, was presented by Her Majesty with the insignia of Dame of the Order of Australia at Buckingham Palace on 22 July 2014. Her husband Michael Bryce was in attendance.

 
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