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Election Lesson Ignored: Republicanism Still On The Agenda Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 28 October 2004

One of the lessons of the election is that the voters are just not interested in such issues as a fundamental change to the constitution or a new flag.

(Republicans often say they now wish to keep the flag, but The Age let the cat out of the bag on that when it asked whether anyone really believes that Australia is likely to become a republic without also changing its flag : The Age, editorial, 20 March 2004.)

It was surprising then to read Senator Bob McMullan’s piece in The Bulletin of 2 November 2004. (According to The Bulletin, Senator Mc Mullan quit the Labor front bench after an argument with Mr .Latham.)

The Senator said Labor should return to its past successes and core values, which as a general proposition is quite understandable.

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Aliens Disguised As Republicans Invade Earth! Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 24 October 2004

This was the description in the TV programme about a film, They Live, to be shown on a Foxtel channel, Showtime Greats, on 1 November 2004.

I don’t think I shall be watching, but it is comforting to know where republicans come from! Their insistence that we must become a republic, by fair means or those foul cascading series of plebiscites and referenda, is out of this world.

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After The Landslide: Howard Should Make Australia A Republic Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 12 October 2004

ACM is delighted to see that so many committed constitutional monarchists to the new Federal Parliament. Our policy was clear - to give all candidates who are committed constitutional monarchists our support, and to make voters aware of the fast track proposal to make Australia a republic. Because Mr Latham had indicated this proposal would be implemented immediately if he won, with the first plebiscite being put to the people in 2005, it would have been far too late to start the campaign after the election. Kerry Jones realized this, and she is a most experienced campaigner.

In the event of a change of government, on which of course ACM took no position, we knew we had to hit the ground running, as they say. Hundreds of thousands of our brochures – estimated to be up to one million- were printed and distributed in key marginal electorates where a constitutional monarchist candidate stood.

Kerry Jones should be congratulated for leading this- her role has already been acknowledged by a number of those candidates.

That tired, irrelevant issue, in which Australians are not at all interested, inappropriately called The Road To A Republic in the Senate Committee Report, was not much discussed by the media in the campaign. ( Incidentally, with the change in the composition of the Senate from 1 July 2005, further such “inquiries” are most unlikely.)

Exceptions were the page and poll in The Age which I had mentioned in an earlier column. There was also the gaffe in a Reuters report where they wrongly described The Queen as the Commander-in Chief, and as Head of State having the power to dismiss Australian governments. I wrote to them asking for a correction.

And believe it or not, the headline of The Times editorial of 11 October 2004 was:

FOURTH TERM: HOWARD SHOULD NOW PREPARE AUSTRALIA TO BECOME A REPUBLIC
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Surge In Activity Across ACM! Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 04 October 2004

I have just visited several ACM branches across the country. I have not seen so much interest and activity, and such an influx of new people, since the referendum. It is of course the spectre of the implementation of the plan for a cascading series of plebiscites and referenda which is the reason. This is the plan of the republican establishment to trick the Australian people into voting for a republic.

There is some solace in this for us. It is an admission by the republican establishment that if another referendum were put now, it would result in an even bigger defeat than the 1999 landslide!

As we know, the first plebiscite will give no details of whatever change is being proposed. This is because the republicans claim there is something terribly wrong in our constitution, surely one of the world’s most successful. Then they pretend that they haven’t the foggiest idea of what should replace it!

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Republicanism And The Election Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 19 September 2004

I was recently invited by The Age to write 120 words for one of their series on election issues. This one, published on 17 September dealt with the issue of National Identity. Michael Gordon’s piece on this was under the title REPUBLIC A FLAGGING CONCERN.

The sub heading was this:

THE PARTY LEADERS ARE NOT PLACING MUCH IMPORTANCE ON THE REPUBLIC, BUT IT HAS NOT GONE AWAY

Now ACM have no view on the outcome of the election, but we are committed to supporting all candidates who are firm constitutional monarchists.

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We Hold Different Views - ACM Charter Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 08 September 2004

A journalist telephoned me recently to ask why I had emailed ACM supporters to get behind Peter King, who had just announced his candidature as an independent for the seat of Wentworth.

I replied that I had not- ACM just does not give voting instructions to its supporters. This is because ACM is, and has always been, completely unaligned politically. This can be seen in our Charter which declares -"we hold different political views".

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Like A Lead Balloon - Senate Committee Report On Republic Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 07 September 2004

After putting off the tabling of its report, the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee slipped it in on the day when nobody, especially the media, would take any notice-31 August, the last day they sat before the election and just when everyone was distracted by the evidence Mr Scrafton was giving to another committee.

And so it was. Apart from a small, easily overlooked paragraph in the Australian Financial Review on 1 September, the report was ignored by most of the Sydney media. Had the Senators realised it was a complete waste of time and money? (Not theirs,of course, but the taxpayers.) As Senator Scullion, who dissented, said the issue whether Australia should become a republic had already been considered in the referendum. Nothing had changed since then to suggest the question should be reconsidered. He thought it inappropriate and unnecessary to revisit the issue now. How right he was. Even the republican senators must now realize this. Otherwise they would not have tabled their report in such a way to ensure it would be ignored.

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Peter King Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 06 September 2004

Over a year ago, we discussed with George Bougias, the National Chairman of the Greek Royalist Association, the need to bring into the fold the monarchist elements in our immigrant communities. George spoke at our 2003 conference, and his paper was very well received. I was delighted then to receive an invitation to attend the first conference of the Australian Monarchist Alliance in Melbourne on the weekend of 28 and 29 August 2004. I represented ACM with our Victorian Convenor, Brett Hogan. The conference was organized by George Bougias, with Bryan Stertern-Gill and Trevor Stanley. There were papers and/ or representatives from Sweden, Greece, Germany, Central Europe, Hungary and Cambodia. More details will be available on their site. The subject of my paper was timely-“Plebiscites-Against the Spirit if Not the Letter of the Constitution”

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Are We a Democracy? Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 06 September 2004

Are we a democracy? Of course we are. In fact we are one of the oldest and most successful democracies in the world.

But according to a federal government survey of the young which has been just released, only 53.4 % agree or strongly agree with the proposition that we are a democracy! The results for the oldest group, 22-25 years old, are especially disappointing- only 43.4% agree or strongly agree. Some say that while they would have agreed when they were younger, they had become more ambivalent. The younger the respondent, the more the results are reassuring. Among the very young, those aged 12-14, 68.6% agree or strongly agree that Australia is a democracy.

The focus groups were revealing. Some said they did not know what democracy means! Others in the 15-17 group thought it meant institutions but also fairness. While they accepted that Australia had democratic institutions, they did not think Australian society was fair, so they neither agreed nor disagreed with the proposition.

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Barnaby Joyce - strong supporter of our constitution Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 23 August 2004



It was good to see that the Queensland Nationals Senate candidates have come out to declare their very strong belief that Australia’s move to a Republic is not inevitable, would not produce better Government, would not fix any single problem currently faced by Australia and would only serve as a distraction from the real tasks of elected representatives.

 They were responding to comments made by the Federal Treasurer and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, Peter Costello.

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