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ACM National Conference 2013 - 29 Nov - 1 Dec, Brisbane Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 11 November 2013

*** To download a PDF copy of the programme and registration forms, please click here ***

For the fourteenth time since the referendum, Australians for Constitutional Monarchy is delighted to offer Members another National Conference. ACM is the only organisation, monarchist or republican, to have held a conference each year since the referendum.

This year the National Conference will be held on Friday, 29 November through Sunday, 1 December and promises a fascinating programme. 

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The centrepiece of the conference will be the keynote address by Queensland Attorney-General, Jarrod Bleijie MP, who has been a significant force in restoring symbols of the Crown in Queensland.

We do hope you and your guests will be able to join us.

*** To download a PDF copy of the programme and registration forms, please click here ***

 
Ben Roberts-Smith VC Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Friday, 08 November 2013

The Australian War Memorial Museum has unveiled the uniform Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith wore when he singlehandedly charged into machine gun fire which was pinning down SAS soldiers, an heroic action which won him the VC. It has been revealed he was not wearing body armour at the time. He had removed this so he could use his rifle more easily and did not have the time to put it back on.

He has donated his VC to the museum.

He is a great Australian hero.

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14 years since Australia said No: Affirmation Day Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013

Fourteen years ago today, marshalling over 50,000 supporters across the Commonwealth, ACM ran a tight and ultimately successful campaign which resulted in a landslide rejection of the politicians' republic nationally in every state and 73% of electorates.

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And since then, support for a vague undefined politicians' republic has only collapsed.

Although there is certainly no short-term threat to our constitutional arrangements, ACM remains a relevent organisation. In fact, ACM is the only organisation, monarchist or republican, to have held a national conference each year since the referendum.

ACM is now primarily focused on informing young and new Australians about the role of the Crown in our system of govenment.

But ACM also has another important role - a role which will be one of the themes of this year's national conference. That is to fight what we call republicanism by stealth - thost covert attempts to remove the symbols of the Crown.

It may be fourteen years on, but ACM is not going anywhere and will continue its important work in civics education and to fight for the restoration of the symbols of the Crown, which many have sought to undermine.

 
A poem inspired by the birth of HRH Prince George: "The Volunteer" Print E-mail
Written by Sergio Silveira   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013

'We have a future king to make,'
Said the deep, resounding voice.
'But it is not a proper fit for everyone.
For a king must know first how to obey than to command,
And to abide rather than reign.

And thus, I need a volunteer.'

The eager little voices swiftly gathered ‘round.
'To have a throne and my own crown,' said a little voice with delight.
'A great palace for my home,' cried another, 'or a castle with tall ramparts.'
'I’d be above all others,' said yet another, 'that would surely ease one’s comparing mind;'
'And best of all, to be revered by everyone and through all time!'

'Don’t fool yourselves with thrones and crowns,' said a little voice from the side,
'Do not haste into a choice you may regret for all your life!
I’d rather risk oblivion and even want, but be free to choose my fate,
What is precious life for but to discover one’s gift and thirst?
You take that crown and throne, and you forever renounce the greatest prize you own!'

There were no volunteers at hand for that grand, distinguished life.
The once lively little voices now stood silent, with cautious glances in their eyes.
Yet they began to move a little, but not to volunteer their fates;
Someone was slowly coming forward all the way from far behind.
Soon, one single little voice stood ahead of all the others, and with a thoughtful stare, it spoke:

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Republican model proposed - ACM refuses support Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013

Since the referendum, the Australian Republican Movement has studiously avoided revealing what changes they are planning for both the Constitution and the Flag. Up to 1999 they indicated they wanted a model where the politicians chose and controlled the president. From the floor of the Convention the ARM invited everyone to view an exhibition of new flags which was being put on at the same time.

We refused to be even seen there.

Then as the referendum approached the ARM openly supported a travelling exhibition of new flags. Notably absent from each exhibition was the Australian National Flag. But the ARM endorsed travelling exhibition included an obscene homophobic racist flag.

Now the ARM steadfastly refuses to reveal one word of the changes they are proposing to the Constitution. They pretend that the Flag is not one of their targets, but the republican standard bearer, The Age has let the cat out of the bag over this. The Age says that no one seriously believes that the Flag will survive a (politicians') republic, and since that is inevitable we might as well change it now.



But now a new proponent of republican change has emerged, and he has a model. He sought ACM's support, but we have of course refused.

 
ACM Christmas Morning Tea, 3 December Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 01 November 2013

From the birth of HRH Prince George, to the election of ACM's first Executive Director, Tony Abbott, as Prime Minister, it has been a wonderful year for constitutional monarchy.

Celebrate with us at ACM's Christmas Morning Tea, with guest of honour the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, Minister for Fair Trading.

The Morning Tea will be held at 10.00am, on Tuesday 3 December, at the Royal Automobile Club of Australia.  To download a PDF flyer with further information, please click here.

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We do hope you will be able to join us. 

I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of Professor David Flint and all of the ACM executive, to wish you and those dearest to you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

 
No stomach for the politicians' republic Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 31 October 2013

In the ABC's Q&A programme on 30 September 2013, the two contenders in the Labor Party Leadership election, Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese were asked a question about Australia becoming some form of politicians' republic and also about ditching our National Flag. Not unsurprisingly, both repeated what is in the ALP Platform.

But neither has the heart to pursue the issue - both know a referendum would only lead to a bigger defeat than in 1999. The only reason Labor will push change to a politicians' republic in the new parliament will be if they sniff some way of wedging the government because of Malcolm Turnbull's new revived passion for pushing the republican cause, the last time with Labor's Wayne Swan.

Before the referendum the Labor Party as well as the Australian Republican Movement were keen both for changing to some politicians' republic and for ditching the Flag. The ARM went quiet on the Flag when Malcolm Turnbull turned in his job as a director of AUSFLAG, the ultra flag changers. Labor was slower on the Flag.

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Then for the first time in years, our National Flag was shown at the official launch of the Labor campaign. ACM was the first outlet to notice this; our report is here.

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Another referendum bites the dust Print E-mail
Written by David Flint   
Thursday, 31 October 2013

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The campaign against the local government referendum was finally wound up on Friday, 11 October 2011. Members of the two key committees lunched together - at their own cost - in a restaurant on Sydney's North Shore.

The referendum was supported by both government and opposition. The Prime Minister Julia Gillard decided that it should be held on the day of the election, 13 September 2013. However, when she was succeeded by Kevin Rudd, he decided that the election should be held on 7 September, before the earliest date under the Constitution for the holding of the referendum, which was therefore not proceeded with at this time.

It is likely that Mr Rudd would have known that the referendum was unlikely to pass, no doubt because of the efforts of the No campaigners. This was notwithstanding the fact that the government had heavily loaded the funding from taxpayers in favour of the Yes case, and put through legislation to limit the circulation of the Yes/No case, something that ACM almost alone had argued against in a strong submission when Parliament was earlier reviewing the law. Then the Local Government Association decided to only fund the Yes case from ratepayers' funds. The media did not treat the referendum as particularly newsworthy.

ACM had decided not to take a formal position on the referendum because of the terms of its mission, but to leave it to members to decide how they would wish to be involved, if at all.

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Riverina Branch End of Year Party Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 28 October 2013

The Riverina branch of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy will be holding its End of Year Party on Sunday 17 November.

The party will be held at 12 noon at the Golden Seasons Restaurant.  ACM Executive Director, Jai Martinkovits, will be the guest speaker.

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

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Four Generations of our Royal Family Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 28 October 2013

The first photographs in 120 years showing four generations of present and future monarchs have been released, the day after the christening of HRH Prince George - the newest member of the Royal Family.

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The images were taken by celebrity snapper Jason Bell in the morning room at Charles's official London residence, Clarence House, immediately following the young prince's christening at the nearby Chapel Royal of St James's Palace on Wednesday.

 
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