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Mike Carlton and Mark Latham Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 06 April 2014
In his weekly column in The Sydney Morning Herald on 3 April 2014,  under the heading ''Lording it over the monarchists'', Mike Carlton wonders whether ACM's David Flint has written to him incognito concerning his last week's column. This he says was about knights, dames and the Queen at breakfast and had monarchists howling for ''my treasonous head''..

"Mr. Carlton need not worry, " says our National Convenor, ''what I say to him will never be anonymous. but I congratulate him on his elevation both temporal, at least on Twitter and also aural which I have read about in Mr Tim Blair's blog: http://bit.ly/1giVQbi "



....Mark Latham ....


Meanwhile, Mark Latham proposed News Limited appoint correspondents close to the issue. The Murdoch flagship should he says bring in a special Vatican correspondent, George Pell.

"The list is overflowing with possibilities: Sir David Flint covering the republic debate; Mary Jo Fisher on the crime rounds; Lord Monkton writing about climate change; Geert Wilders on multiculturalism; and Chris Kenny commenting on the ABC (oops, that’s already happening).

"There’s also a former editorial writer who could be recalled to beef up the paper’s coverage of national politics. He has a few other commitments these days, such as creating knighthoods and moving into Sydney’s Kirribilli House, but he should be able to squeeze out a few articles, co-authored with his doppelgänger Dennis Shanahan.
 
Queen visits Pope April 2014 Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 06 April 2014

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the Vatican for an audience with The Pope. The Swiss Guard are in the background.

 

Photo: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the Vatican for an audience with The Pope. The Swiss Guard are in the background.




An earlier visit to Rome, in 1980, to be received by His Holiness Pope John Paul II.
 












Photo: An earlier visit to Rome, in 1980, to be received by His Holiness Pope John Paul II









 Photo: An earlier visit to Rome, in 1980, to be received by His Holiness Pope John Paul II
....wearing black?....
 



On all four previous visits to the Pope , the Queen wore black as is shown in this visit to John Paul II in 2000. But Pope Francis had said this would not be necessary. So, for yesterday’s meeting, she was in the same lilac ensemble which she had worn on a visit to Hertfordshire during her Diamond Jubilee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: On all four previous visits to the Pope , the Queen wore black as is shown in this visit to John Paul II in 2000. But Pope Francis had said this would not be necessary. So, for yesterday’s meeting, she was in the same lilac ensemble which she had worn on a visit to Hertfordshire during her Diamond Jubilee  [ Daily Mail ]
 
The Royal Family and The Pope Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 05 April 2014
The Princess Elizabeth later The Queen with the Duke of Edinburgh before their audience with His Holiness Pope Pius XII in 1951.

Photo: The Princess Elizabeth later The Queen with the Duke of Edinburgh before their audience with  His Holiness Pope Pius XII in 1951.  The following is a list of audiences granted by The Pope to members of the Royal Family since the Reformation  • 29 April 1903 – King Edward VII met Pope Leo XIII. • 1918 – Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and then Duke of Windsor) met Pope Benedict XV. • 1923 – King George V and Queen Mary met Pope Pius XI. • 10 May 1949 – Princess Margaret met Pope Pius XII. • 13 April 1951 - Princess Elizabeth (now Queen) and the Duke of Edinburgh met Pope Pius XII. • 23 April 1959 - Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret met Pope John XXIII. • 5 May 1961 - The Queen met Pope John XXIII. • 17 October 1980 - The Queen met Pope John Paul II. • 29 August 1985 - Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, met Pope John Paul II. • 9 December 1985 - Prince and Princess Michael of Kent met Pope John Paul II. 10 April 1990 - The Duke of Edinburgh met Pope John Paul II. • 3 November 1994 - The Duchess of Kent met Pope John Paul II. • 17 October 2000 - The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh met Pope John Paul II. • 27 April 2009 – Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall met Pope Benedict XVI. •  [ Source: Archbishop Cranmer blog]



The following is a list of audiences granted by The Pope to members of the Royal Family since the Reformation:

• 29 April 1903 – King Edward VII met Pope Leo XIII.
• 1918 – Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and then Duke of Windsor) met Pope Benedict XV.
• 1923 – King George V and Queen Mary met Pope Pius XI.
• 10 May 1949 – Princess Margaret met Pope Pius XII.
• 13 April 1951 - Princess Elizabeth (now Queen) and the Duke of Edinburgh met Pope Pius XII.
• 23 April 1959 - Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret met Pope John XXIII.
• 5 May 1961 - The Queen met Pope John XXIII.
• 17 October 1980 - The Queen met Pope John Paul II.
• 29 August 1985 - Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, met Pope John Paul II.
• 9 December 1985 - Prince and Princess Michael of Kent met Pope John Paul II.
10 April 1990 - The Duke of Edinburgh met Pope John Paul II.
• 3 November 1994 - The Duchess of Kent met Pope John Paul II.
• 17 October 2000 - The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh met Pope John Paul II.
• 27 April 2009 – Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall met Pope Benedict XVI.

[Source: Thomas Cramner Blog]

 
Panel discussion, Royal Visit - Studio 10 Print E-mail
Written by Editor   
Thursday, 03 April 2014

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With the Royal Visit just around the corner, Studio 10 hosted a panel discussion about #RoyalVisitAus (the upcoming Royal Visit) and the wider issue of changing from a crowned republic to some form of politicians' republic.

The panel, in addition to the hosts, included ACM National Convenor, David Flint, ACM Executive Director, Jai Martinkovits, ARM Executive Director, David Morris, Republican, Sonia Feng, Former Editor of Women's Weekly, Deborah Thomas, and Geelong Mayor, Darren Lyons.

Highlighting that, in terms of the constitution where the Crown is at the centre, Professor Flint reminded viewers that the Crown is important not so much for the power that it wields, but the power that it denies the politicans. With the arms of government being so close in Australia, it is important to have a checks and balances. Whatever our fascination with the Royal Family, it's the system that is important, he added.

When asked what's wrong with a being a fully autonomous nation, Jai Martinkovits noted that our crowned republic is already fully autonomous. Immigrants have adopted as their own our fundamental institutions and we have built a very successful nation on that basis, he added. It would be an ill conceived proposal to simply dispense with what we've got, unless you're going to replace it with something better - and we're not seeing that coming from the republicans any time soon.

To watch this interview, please click here: http://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/studio-10/extra/season-2013/3-apr--the-royals-debate

 
Australia Post celebrates The Queen's Birthday Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 03 April 2014

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Australia Post is celebrating the 88th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II with the release of one domestic base-rate (70c) stamp and one international rate ($2.60) stamp.

"This royal milestone is being celebrated with two stamps using images of Her Majesty taken over recent years. We trust this stamp issue will be popular with collectors and followers of royal events," said Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Michael Zsolt.

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The image of the Queen used on the 70 cent stamp was taken while she was viewing a parade in the West Midlands as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the United Kingdom in 2012. The photographer is Christopher Furlong of Getty Images.

Horse racing is one of the Queen’s abiding pleasures and the photograph by Stuart Wilson used in the $2.60 cent stamp shows her at Royal Ascot in 2013.

The miniature sheet also features an image of the Queen whilst visiting Hereford Cathedral as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012. The photographer is Chris Jackson from Getty Images.

The designer of the stamps is John White of the Australia Post Design Studio.

The products associated with this stamp issue include a miniature sheet, first day cover, stamp pack, and a set of two maxicards.

The Queen’s Birthday stamps and associated products are available from 8 April 2014 at participating Australia Post retail outlets, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at auspost.com.au/stamps while stocks last.

 
Now they're saying the award wasn't valid Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 03 April 2014

The story below represents a last desperate attempt to undermine the recognition of the achievements of the hero of Timor, Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and of the former Governor-General, Dame Quentin Bryce.
 
Now the restoration of the highest rank to the Order of Australia  was effected economically and efficiently in the same way chosen to establish the Order.

This is by order of The Queen of Australia under what lawyers call the Royal Prerogative, which incidentally was the subject of a scholarly book by the great Labor leader, Dr HV Evatt.

As a constitutional monarchy The Queen acts under the Prerogative on the advice of the Prime Minister.  By well established convention, the Prime Minister advises The Queen directly on matters relating to the viceroy, he does not air this beforehand in the Cabinet particularly when individuals are concerned.


...obsessive behaviour..

There has been an extraordinary obsession by the republican politicians and the commentariat with this virtually costless but appropriate recognition of the achievements of Sir Peter Cosgrove and Dame Quentin Bryce.

 

 

 






 

Photo: Politicians and the commentariat may  ridicule the recognition of Dame Quentin Bryce and the hero of Timor, General Sir Peter Cosgrove, but young people reacted with strong interest, as shown here. ACM's  reach on Facebook went up by 223% to just under 200,000.    And 53% of our over 43,000 fans ( or ''Likes"") are under 25 and 64% under 35,  confirming the recent Fairfax Reach Poll that young people are not interested in any  politicians' republic replacing our crowned republic.   The republican politicians and commentariat must have forgotten how they had to scrub the egg off their face after their 1999 landslide defeat in all states and 72% of electorates..  Anyway, here's the former Governor General Dame Quentin Bryce obviously delighted as she unveils her official portrait, painted by Ralph Heimans, during a Parliamentary reception to farewell her at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday.    (AAP Image/Daniel Munoz)
 

This began with ridicule. Now the validity of the awards is being challenged  by a pointless ''bush lawyer'' argument. The Fairfax sites were running a story on 2 April 2014 under the headline "Was Dame Quentin really as Dame when Tony Abbott said she was?": 

It just doesn't wash. How Her Majesty  gives  approval under the Prerogative  is obviously a matter for Her Majesty. 

With such security as is considered necessary, she may  do so by telephone or email  with the formal documents to follow.
 
This applies not only to the creation or amendment of Letters Patent, and acts under the Letters Patent  including the making of the  awards such as that to  General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

And it is not having any effect out in ''struggle street''. As Roy Morgan Research revealed this week, the principal concern out there is  economic. 

There are other concerns.

But some  politicians' republic, or shredding the Flag  or honouring achievements are just not among them.

 

 
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