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Rod Laver to be honoured? Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 06 January 2015
Australians should remain eligible for internationally recognized awards for excellence. These include knighthoods and damehoods, as ACM has long argued. The small clique of republican politicians who sabotaged this should accept this. Aft...er all they themselves still cling tenaciously to their prenominal, ''The Honourable''. And many of them are curiously willing to accumulate all manner of foreign knighthoods from both various monarchies and republics, but with one proviso - they mustn't be Australian.

So why shouldn't Rod Laver be recognized as Sir Rod Laver?
 
Merry Christmas 2014 Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 22 December 2014
Australians for Constitutional Monarchy wish you, and all those dear to you, a Merry Christmas

and

A Happy New Year for 2015

 

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[The painting is  ''The Adoration of the Shepherds''. It is  attributed to José de Sarabia, 1630, and  hangs  in the Museo de Bellas Artes de Córdoba, Spain]

 

 
 
Bill Shorten joins call for constitutional convention Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 21 December 2014

The Leader of the Opposition, Mr Bill Shorten, has called for a constitutional convention to consider the issue of the constitutional recognition of the indigenous people.  ACM has also called for a convention.

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Speaking along with the prime minister at the inaugural dinner of RECOGNISE on 11 December 2014, he said that the  referendum question must involve the complete representative and empowered participation of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters.

''And this is where the idea of a constitutional convention offers one important, constructive way to ensure that more voices are heard.

"And perhaps building upon what we’ve heard, I can suggest the establishment of a formal referendum council to help guide the convention’s important deliberations, to make sure that the convention isn’t captured by one interest or another and provide that broader community level leadership.''

 

The full text follows:

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PM explains his call to ACM Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 21 December 2014

Referring to his Neville Bonner Oration to the 15th ACM National Conference, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told supporters of RECOGNISE, the movement for the constitutional  recognition  of the indigenous people, that for a referendum to succeed there should be no opposition from any group of substance.

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Addressing  the recent RECOGNISE inaugural dinner, he said he had invited his ''former colleagues at Australians for Constitutional Monarchy... to suspend their scepticism.'' 

''And I told them that it was impossible to cherish every single clause of a constitution, except the provision to change it."

" Tonight,'' he continued, '' I say to my friends here at RECOGNISE, we have to temper our ambitions, because nothing would set back the cause of our country and the rightful place of Aboriginal people at its heart, than a referendum that failed.'' 

ACM's National Convenor, Professor David Flint, responded to the Prime Minister by proposing that the people be involved from the beginning. This would be by following the Corowa process which involved a convention and which was the way we federated. He suggested other current burning constitutional issues be referred to the convention. This would include restoring the federation.

The text of the Prime Minister's speech follows.

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Senator Bridget McKenzie Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
 
John Howard: The Menzies Era Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014

Former Prime Minister John Howard is interviewed here by Professor David Flint on his latest book 'The Menzies Era'.
This is a major examination of the years that formed modern Australia. Professor Flint's first question relates to the way in which Sir Robert consulted The Queen concerning the appointment of governors-general. 

 

 

 
IN CINEMAS: When The Queen Came to Town Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 04 December 2014

When The Queen Came to Town is an affectionate celebration of the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Royal Tour to Australia by the newly Crowned Queen Elizabeth II. The film uses archival footage from the tour, interviews with Australians with memories of the Queen's visit and narration by Australian legends Bert Newtown and Lorraine Bayly to bring this wonderful story to life. 

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As many supporters will be aware, the tour was the largest event ever to be staged in Australia. For 60 days, the young Queen traversed the length and breadth of the land, visiting more than 60 country towns and making more than 100 speeches. Five million cucumber sandwiches, 10 million scones and 25 million cups of tea later, an astonishing three quarters of the Australian population had turned out to see their Monarch.

For a glimpse of the film, the documentary’s trailer can be accessed here:
http://www.umbrellaent.com.au/movie/when-the-queen-came-to-town

The film has opened in selected cinemas across Australia.

 
Referendum landslide 6 November 1999 Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 06 November 2014
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The evening of 6 November, 1999 and the results of the republic referendum are pouring in.

Refused their usual meeting place at the Sydney Town Hall by republicans who actually used ratepayers' funds to line the streets of the city with banners calling for a Yes vote, Australians for Constitutional Monarchy gather at the city's Darling Harbour Convention Centre to await the results.


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...early call...




Earlier in the evening, on the balcony of the Opera House - overlooking the harbour front area where the republicans are already celebrating what they assume will be a great victory, Professor David Flint is asked by the BBC to comment.

The polls have only closed in the Eastern States a little over one hour, but he calls the result correctly:

"It already looks like a landslide... for the No case."

Republican youth spokesman, Jason Yat-sen Li is also being interviewed by the BBC.

He looks at Flint in amazement and "does a double take."

But Flint is correct. He takes a water taxi back to Darling Harbour to join other constitutional monarchists.



...Tony Abbott's succinct assessment...




In this clip Flint is shown with David Elliott, ACM's National Campaign Director.

He embraces Kerry Jones, ACM's National Executive Director and Chairman of the Official Vote No Committee.

Kerry is the heroine of the night.

Tony Abbott MP, first Executive Director of ACM and now Leader of HM Loyal Opposition, comes on and succinclty and correctly assesses the meaning of the referendum.
 
NZ Flag undermined Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014


The New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is engaging in a shockingly devious attempt to persuade New Zealanders to change their flag.

 There is one honest and straight forward way for the republican prime minister to ask New Zealanders whether they want to change their flag, the one so many served under and died for.

 this would be for John Key to put up his preferred new flag or flags against the existing flag. 

 That is how John Howard amended the Australian Flag Act. This was after the Keating government admitted it would change the Australian flag prior to the centenary of federation without even asking the people.

 Accordingly Australia's law was changed to require that any new flag or flags had to be approved by the people. To head off the sort of trick proposed for New Zealand, the Australian flag must ALWAYS be included in any vote. 
 
 

 Australia's republican flag changer politicians were well and truly caught out. 

 Embarrassed, they sheepishly went along with this. 

 But John Key hopes to pull the wool over New Zealanders eyes. He wants them to choose a new flag first. 

 His plan is that the ''winning'' flag will be pushed for months in a no doubt taxpayer funded campaign. It will be supported by the usual suspects.
 
 
...undermining...
 
 

 So that's what New Zealanders are in for. The New Zealand Prime Minister will be undermining the New Zealand Flag for many long months. 

 Australian's flag changing politicians would love to be able to do that. 

 Only one year after John Key's campaigning for his new flag will New Zealanders be allowed to say whether they actually want a new flag.

 John Key thinks New Zealanders will fall for his trick. We doubt it. 

 Because it is a blatant attempt to trick the people, they could well boycott the first vote. 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11342823









 
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