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Sorry ARM ... the Ashes Test isn't political Print E-mail
Written by John Ruddick   
Sunday, 19 January 2014

As I walked into the Sydney Cricket Ground for the second day’s play in the recent Test I was asked if I would like a pamphlet about an ‘Australian republic.’ I firmly responded, “not now, not ever”, but as I walked on was puzzled as to why republicans would think the cricket was an appropriate place to proselytize. One of the great things about cricket in Australia is that it is our one truly national sport which unites all. Our four football codes are fractiously divided along geographic, social and even ethnic lines … but cricket is for all. Why politicise it I wondered?

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The following day I had that question answered in the Sun Herald by Adam Collins. Mr Collins is a member of the Australian Republican Movement’s National Committee and had a piece entitled, “Time to Rob the Barmy Army of Ammunition.” 

Mr Collins believes the sporting rivalry between Australia and England can be used to spur interest in fundamentally restructuring our political system. How silly. 

Rather than being a source of enmity our cricket rivalry with England demonstrates all that is good about closeness with England. Like so many other good things in Australia we inherited our love of cricket from the English. Australia plays international cricket against a dozen or so other nations … but a Test series against England is always the highlight. The legend of the Ashes doesn’t diminish with time … it grows. The ARM would have us believe that England is just another nation … the Ashes demonstrates it is not.

There is another concrete example of our familial bond with England demonstrated through sport.

 

...World cup, Brazil.. 

 

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Join ACM for Commonwealth Day Council Lunch Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Each year ACM actively supports the Commonwealth Day Council (CDC) - a group with which we share many objectives - through encouraging our members to attend their Luncheon.

As in the past, this year ACM is arranging a series of tables for its members and their guests.

This year, the CDC has invited Former Commonwealth Bank CEO and Future Fund Chairman, David Murray AO, to speak. This promises to be an great afternoon celebrating the role of the Commonwealth of Nations, which ACM supporters so often enjoy.

To register for the CDC Luncheon and ensure that you are seated with ACM members, please download a PDF copy of the flyer and booking form (below) and ensure that under "Please seat me with" you write "ACM"

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

Date: Monday, 10 March 2014
Time: 12pm for 12.30pm
Venue: Stranger's Dining Room, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: $90 per person
RSVP (directly to CDC, not ACM): Wednesday, 26 February 2014

 
Federalist Broadcasts Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 12 January 2014

We previously gave notice of the broadcast along with our conference of that of the federalist think tank, the Samuel Griffith Society, which is named after our first Chief Justice who played such a leading role in the drafting of our Constitution.

 

There are to be some additional broadcasts this week.

 

 

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[ Sir Samuel Griffith ]

 A-Pac Channel 648 and http://www.a-pac.tv/ are now broadcasting sessions from the Samuel Griffith Society  today until Tuesday, all times being AEDT:

 

 

 

SUNDAY 12 JANUARY 2013

 

9.10AM-12.50PM

1.45PM-5.40PM

7.45-1140PM

 

MONDAY 13 JANUARY 2013

 

750AM-840PM

1210PM-2PM

530PM-615PM

930PM-10PM

 

TUESDAY 14 JANUARY 2013

 

750 AM-830AM

 

 

 

 

 
Pray for our Queen this Australia Day Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 10 January 2014

All Saints' Church in Brisbane encourages all Australians to pray for our Queen this year on Australia Day.

They will be holding two special masses - a High Mass and a Low Mass - on Sunday, 26 January.

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To see the full size poster, please click here.

Low Mass will be at 7.30am and High Mass will be at 9.30am. For further information, see the flyer above.

 
ACM On National TV Coast-To-Coast Mon. to Sat Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 06 January 2014

The broadcast times every day this week of our 14th National  Conference have just been announced. The Conference was held in Brisbane on  29 November  to  1 December.

 

For a description click here and for the programme click here.

 

The broadcasts in sessions will be on the national Foxtel A-Pac Channel 648 and streamed on http://www.a-pac.tv/

 

This channel works on a tight broadcasting schedule affected by current events and can only announce the  schedule for each week close to the broadcasts.  Some will be repeats but we do not have that information.

 

All times are AEDT, Australian Eastern Daylight Time.

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AEDT is Summer Time in NSW, ACT, Victoria and Tasmania, and is one hour ahead of AEST, Australian Eastern Standard Time.

 

As we understand it, viewers in South Australia should deduct half an hour from the following times, in Queensland one hour and in Western Australia three hours.

 

We are sure that viewers in other time zones - Christmas, Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands as well as in Yancowinna County in NSW - will know the appropriate adjustments to make.



...ACM schedule...


 

 

The AEDT times for broadcasting  the conference this week are as follows:

 

Monday: 10.10AM, 4PM, 9PM

 

Tuesday: 8.10AM, 10AM, 530PM

 

Wednesday: 7AM, 130PM, 8PM

 

Thursday: 7AM, 7PM, 2PM

 

Friday: 730AM, 1PM

 

Saturday: 630AM, 955AM, noon, 1PM, 145PM, 230PM, 320PM, 525PM, 630PM, 710PM, 755PM, 844PM.


 

...Samuel Griffith Society..

 

 

Viewers may also be interested in the annual conference of the Samuel Griffith Society which is also being broadcast. The Samuel Griffith Society is dedicated to the preservation of the federation, and is the nation's leading think tank on federalism.

 

The times, also AEDT, are:

 

Monday:  2PM, 7PM
  

Tuesday: 6AM, 9AM, 3PM

 

Wednesday: 6AM,noon, 630PM

 

Thursday: 6AM, noon, 6PM

 

Friday: 6AM, noon.

 
Our first major land battle - Second World War Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 05 January 2014

On  5 January 1941 Bardia was captured.  The Australian 6th Division captured 40,000 Italian prisoners, including four generals, at a cost of 130 killed and 326 wounded in Australia's first major land battle of the Second World War.

 
Governor Lachlan Macquarie Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 05 January 2014

 Lachlan Macquarie, Governor of the New South Wales colony from 1810 to 1821, upheld high standards for the development of New South Wales from a penal colony to a free settlement. He introduced the first building code into the colony and greatly developed public infrastructure including roads, bridges, wharves, churches and public buildings. He encouraged former convicts and sought to treat the indigenous people fairly.

He was in brief one of our greatest viceroys. 

 

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[Governor Macquarie]

 

And yet, his administration was the subject of an official investigation, a Royal Commission, by John Thomas Bigge brought on by some hostile establishment figures who regularly complained to London.

 

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 He encouraged exploration sending Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson across the Blue Mountains in1813 , where they found the grazing plains of the interior. Following their discovery, Macquarie ordered the establishment of Bathurst, Australia's first inland city. He appointed John Oxley as surveyor-general and sent him on expeditions up the coast of New South Wales and inland to find new rivers and new lands for settlement.


 

...Royal Commission...

 

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The Queen understands Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 05 January 2014

Professor Philip Murphy’s new book  "Monarchy and the End of Empire'' is ''by a country mile the most important and well-informed to have been written about the contemporary British monarchy...''  writes Peter Oborne in the London Daily Telegraph on 27 December 2013.

The review is published under this headline: ''Only the Queen understands the true value of the Commonwealth''.

 

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You can order this substantial hardback  book published by Oxford University Press through the Book Depository. The  price is discounted by  10%, with free delivery and no tax, and also providing  a commission  to ACM. Just click here.

Professor Murphy  says the record  suggests that The Queen may well be better informed and be more abreast of the time than her ministers.

'' Look at her record: against Suez; in favour of Macmillan; against arms sales to South Africa; for sanctions against apartheid. A personal record of wise but deft interventions in foreign affairs.

''She is pro-British, but does not think that means being slavishly European or Atlanticist.

''She understands the relevance of ancient history to modern foreign policy.

''She knows a multitude of world leaders.

His ultimate challenge is this ''Here’s a thought: could it be that the Queen, and the Commonwealth she heads, is a far greater foreign policy asset to Britain than all recent foreign secretaries and prime ministers put together?''

 
Christmas at Sandringham Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 04 January 2014

The Queen joined members of the Royal Family who walked to  Sandringham's  St Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas Day 2013. This clip was published by the BBC

 

 
The rustle of silk: a restoration play for the 21st Century? Print E-mail
Written by Thomas Bradley QC   
Thursday, 02 January 2014

This paper by our ACM's Queensland Convenor was presented to our 14th National Conference. After we invited him to present a paper on the restoration of Queen's Counsel by Queensland Attorney-General, the Hon. Jarrod Bleijie MP, we were delighted to learn that Mr. Bradley himself had just taken silk. We congratulate him and we also warmly congratulate the Attorney-General for his superb initiative.

Below are the Letters Patent which include those stirring words "To all to whom These Presents Shall Come Greeting: ... We of Our own special grace ... by these Presents do constitute, ordain, and appoint Our trustee and Well-beloved Thomas Joseph Bradley ... to be one Our Counsel Learned in the law ..." To download a larger version of the Letters Patent, please click here. 

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What is there to know about Queen’s Counsel?

A QC wears a silk gown to court of a particular design, which is why the appointment as Queen’s Counsel is often referred to as “taking silk” and QC’s are colloquially referred to as “silks”.  QCs also wear a unique black court frock coat, instead of the long sleeved waistcoat.  On normal court appearances, at trials or appeals, a QC wears a short horsehair wig, the same as a junior counsel.  But on ceremonial occasions, a QC may wear a full-bottomed wig.

A QC has the privilege of sitting within the bar of the court in the position of pre-eminence; in Queensland at the right-hand end of the bar table.  Of course, where a QC is appearing in a matter against the Crown, such as in defence of an accused or for a civil claimant against the Crown, the Counsel appearing for the Crown (whether a QC or not) may take the pre-eminent position. 

The first Queens Counsel was Sir Francis Bacon, who in 1597 was given letters patent affording him precedence at the Bar, under the title Queen’s Counsel Extraordinary.  In 1603, after the succession of James the First (and Sixth), Sir Francis was given the formal style King’s Counsel.  Since then this shorter title has been adopted for members of the Bar upon whom that status is conferred by the Crown and recognised by the Courts.

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