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Federal Election 2013 - republic not an issue Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 12 September 2013

 

The Australian Republican Party received 1397 votes in the 2013 federal election. election. Of course there were republicans among candidates standing for other parties.

Labor and the Greens formally support moving to some sort of politicians' republic  but both have moved away from taking any action on this.

 Labor has abandoned its policy to change the flag. ACM hopes that it will also abandon its support for change, reflecting the attitude of many Labor voters.


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...vote compass....

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Vote Compass was part of the ABC’s election coverage this year, asking voters to answer 30 questions covering a range of policy issues explained Nick Gerber on the ABC website on 7 August 2013.

It was a fascinating initiative. Voters were able to see where they stand in relation to the platforms of the major political parties (ALP, Coalition and The Greens)

 ABC radio's Drive presenter, Paul Bevan, put these questions to local candidates every afternoon leading up to the election.

The first  question was “Australia should end the monarchy and become a republic. Agree or Disagree?”


The Australian Republican Party put up candidates for election as Senators for NSW. They received 1,397 primary votes or 0.04% of the electorate.

 

It was put to two candidates. You can hear their answers by clicking on the links below.


 
 
..republican...


 

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The MP, the President, the Dalai Lama & The Queen Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Here's an MP who has photographs  of both the President and the Dalai Lama in his office permanently, and occasionally, The Queen. When the new Parliament is opened, he will swear allegiance to the Sovereign, just as he did in 2010.

Wyatt Roy is "'making someone Australian," writes  Jacqueline Maley, Parliamentary Sketch Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald of 31 August 2013. This is in an extensive piece on the youthful MP .

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[ With the father of the House, Philip Ruddock ]

"The lucky, soon-to-be-ex-foreigner is Margaret, a thin, pixie-haired Englishwoman who's a proud constituent of Roy's electorate of Longman, just north of Brisbane. She has been in Australia since girlhood, but only recently realised, when she applied for a passport, that she wasn't a citizen. Roy - baby-faced, diminutive and vital - is amending that for her with a private oath-reading ceremony in his Morayfield electorate office.

"'The pair stand beneath a Commonwealth Coat of Arms and a picture of the Queen, tacked to the 23-year-old federal Liberal National Party MP's office wall for the occasion. Roy, a staunch republican, will probably take down the portrait immediately after the ceremony. The other pictures on the wall of Roy's office - of the MP shaking hands with Barack Obama and a photo of him cuddling up to a beaming Dalai Lama - are permanent fixtures."

Ms Maley left this reader wondering why the MP is a "staunch'' republican, and what he understands by this.

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No politicians' republic on his agenda Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013

"Tony Abbott ran Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy for a while and he won't be changing his mind on that issue," writes Alexander Downer in News Limited newspapers and online outlets on 10 September, 2013.

"The republic, which doesn't have much public support these days anyway, will barely be discussed by the new government.... Indeed, Tony Abbott is a traditionalist who values are existing national symbols and institutions. Don't be surprised if he does what the New Zealand prime minister did three or four years ago...brings back knighthoods.''

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Monarchist to lead Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 09 September 2013

The British journalist Jonathon Pearlman reports on Australia  for the London Daily Telegraph and the Singapore Straits Times.

In a column for Australian pages of The Spectator, he mentions the unmentionable.

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"I wonder if anyone aside from me, David Flint, Malcolm Turnbull and the other British media correspondents noticed that one issue that made almost no appearance in the campaign was the republic," he asks.

"Abbott was once executive director of the constitutional monarchists (and I admit that I sometimes also referred to him as a staunch monarchist’ or a ‘staunch Catholic’, or both), yet the issue did not arise.

"This might have been the new baby prince’s small contribution to the campaign, or maybe the issue was drowned out by the debate over same-sex marriage; either way, the apathy probably favoured Abbott."




...elites......



In the same issue John O Sullivan, a former editor makes party loyalties are changing, and that this is "a chance in a generation to realign the parties. Abbott knows it, and he directs his appeal to the forgotten families and the Howard battlers, emphasising the moral value of work as well as its economic necessity. Mining constituencies obviously respond to such appeals. So do voters in strong Labor areas who support the monarchy.''

 

That was something the Labor politicians didn't understand in 1999, and nor did many of the Liberals.

Inner city elite republicanism is completely alien to rank and file Australians, so much so the politicans dare not mention it when they go to the people.

Even with the almost total support of the commentariat and vast wealth, the preferred model designed by the republicans best brains was defeated in 1999 nationally, in every state and 72% of electorates. 

@profdavidflint  

 

 
Flag Day 2013, 3 September Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 29 August 2013

On Tuesday, 3 September, Australians will celebrate the 112th anniversary of our country’s chief symbol, the Australian National Flag which resulted from a public competition in 1901.  A record 32,823 entries were received. A Flag Day ceremony, featuring the renowned Woolooware High School Band and choir, will be held at lunchtime in Martin Place on Tuesday, 3 September.

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In 1996, the Governor-General, Sir William Deane formally proclaimed 3 September as an annual day of commemoration to mark the first flying of the Australian National Flag in 1901 at the Royal Exhibition buildings, Melbourne then the first home of our Commonwealth Parliament.

A number of messages in support of our National Flag have been received.

The Hon. Tony Abbott MP
Her Excellency Ms. Quentin Bryce AC
The Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP
Clover Moore MP
Cr. Darcy Byrne
The Hon. Adrian Piccoli MP

 
Diana the film Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 24 August 2013

With just weeks before its worldwide release, the first full-length trailer for ‘Diana’ has been unveiled. This two-minute promotional video shows Naomi Watts as the late Diana, Princess of Wales, in the final two years before her tragic death.

 

 

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Baby Prince George in China Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 24 August 2013

The birth of Prince George was celebrated in China with this cartoon in The China Daily and with over 1 million approving comments being posted to Weipo that day, reports our China observer, Peter Stewart. He adds that the China Daily reported the excitement of Chinese student's in the UK sharing the nation's joy.

@profdavidflint

 

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A great symbol of unity Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 24 August 2013

On Wednesday afternoon, instead of prepping for the debate, writes Mark Baker in The Age 24 August, 2013 (Tony) Abbott took himself to the northern outskirts of Brisbane to mingle with members of the Pine Rivers Memorial Bowls Club. He thoughtfully brought a framed portrait of the Queen to replace the one that went missing during renovations a couple of years ago.

''The monarch is a great symbol of unity. The Crown has served us well,'' said Tony Abbott, as the bowlers voted with applause.

Tony Abbott was ACM's first executive director.

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Prince George in the country Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 21 August 2013

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The picture shows the Prince William, Catherine and one month old Prince George in the Middleton family garden with their cocker spaniel Lupo and the Middleton's retriever Tilly.

 

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The picture shows the Prince William, Catherine and one month old Prince George in the Middleton family garden
 
Co-incidence? Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 21 August 2013

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"How many readers agree that the revelations of Princess Diana's possible murder just happen to coincide with the upcoming Premier of the film starring Naomi Watts,'' asks Fran Kendall of Woy Woy in New South Wales in The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, 20 August 2013. She adds, "Nothing like free publicity."

 
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