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Senate inquiry in Perth: Mrs Holmes a Court emotional, chokes back tears about referendum loss Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 22 May 2004

Notwithstanding the media's interest in all things republican, the Senate Inquiry's caravan across the nation seemed to have disappeared into the ether until we received this from one of our many supporters.It appeared under this heading:

"TIME TO DISCUSS REPUBLIC AGAIN,SAYS JANET HOLMES A COURT." 


  

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Copenhagen through republican eyes Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 22 May 2004

 Paddy McGuinness has cast an amused eye over republican reactions to the Royal Wedding in his column in the Sydney Morning Herald,18 May 2004: www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/17/1084783450721.html

. He writes that he thought of watching the Copenhagen ceremony in one of the local inner city Balmain pubs, but decided that would be impossible because the sound was bound to be drowned out by the noisy grinding of republican teeth.

After all,he asks, we are all republicans in Balmain, aren't we?

"Like the rest of the inner-urban middle classes who of course refrained from having anything to do with this orgy of monarchism - after all they voted solidly against monarchism back in 1999, as did most of the journalists and editorialists who were gushing all over the media about Mary and Fred."

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A democratic Iraq Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 18 May 2004


Before 1958, Iraq functioned under a British style constitution with a Hashemite king, the same family which rules in Jordan. There were several political parties and a relatively free press. A recent article in the leading US journal Foreign Affairs argues that a resoration should at least be considered. Those interested in developments in Iraq may be interested in the following article by experts on Iraq:-


How to Build a Democratic Iraq
Adeed I. Dawisha and Karen Dawisha
From Foreign
Affairs
, May/June 2003

Summary: What follows the war in Iraq will be at least as important as the war itself. Nurturing democracy there after Saddam won't be easy. But it may not be impossible either. Iraq has several assets doing for it, including an educated middle class and a history of political pluralism under an earlier monarchy.

 
Republics in trouble Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 17 May 2004

The South Korean Constitutional Court has just overruled the impeachment of President Roh. Since 12 March, the government had been paralysed. The crisis has had one advantage for the President-in the intervening parliamentary elections his party won a majority in the National Assembly.

 This of course does not cure the problem which can flow from a constitution which allows the politicians to use it to assume power at the cost of stability.

In the meantime a UN Development Program poll of more than 20000 people in Latin America revealed that a majority, 54.7%, would support authoritarian governments over democracy if that would solve their economic problems.

Latin America never received from its colonisers the inestimable gifts of the rule of law, the Westminster system, autonomy and the encouragement to Federate-if we wanted it. Australia did. And still, the republican establishment wants to tamper with our Constiution in ways which could do untold damage to the nation.

 
Republicans target Oath of Allegiance -which they have sworn! Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 16 May 2004

The Constitutional Amendment (Pledge of Loyalty) Bill ,2004, has been introduced into the New South Wales Parliament.

Proposed by republicans, it seeks  to abolish the Oaths of Allegiance MP's and Ministers are required to take under the State Constitution ,as well as the Ministers' Oath of Service to The Queen.

These would be replaced by a pledge of loyalty and a Minister's Oath that deletes any reference to The Queen. This is being proposed by republican Members of Parliament who themselves have, sometimes more than once, sworn an Oath or affirmed their Allegiance to The Queen!

 The proposed new pledge is: (Under God,) I pledge my loyalty to Australia and to the people of New South Wales.

The bracketed words are voluntary. This is being done notwithstanding the strong No vote against the republic in 1999, and the clear provisions entrenching the Crown in the Federal and State Constitutions, as well as in the Australia Act, 1986.

ACM will be doing everything possible to oppose this dreadful bill. However it seems likely that Bob Carr will have the numbers to bulldoze it through the Parliament. It has already gone to the NSW Upper House which is currently in recess.

 We will keep all supporters informed of when the Upper House debate is likely to occur and will encourage all ACM supporters to strongly oppose this latest attempt at republicanism by stealth.

If this is what they will do when the peole clearly say No, just imagine what the republican politicians would do if they could secure a Yes vote in a future plebiscite!

No doubt electors will let their MP's know what they think of this disgraceful example of creeping republicanism.

 
Celebrating the magic of monarchy Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 15 May 2004

Australians and Danes are united in welcoming the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary in Copenhagen.

 It was wonderful to see the crowds waving a seemingly equal number of Danish and Australian flags as they rejoiced in their many thousands.

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Richard Butler to be received by The Queen Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 08 May 2004

The Governor of Tasmania,will next Tuesday make a quick trip from Copenhagen especially to meet The Queen, according to Ms Annabel Crabb, writing in The Sunday Age yesterday:
http://theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/08/1083911455407.html



 

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Royal Wedding Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 06 May 2004

All, well almost, all Australians will rejoice at the wedding of the Danish Crown Prince and Mary Donaldson, although a former ARM chief , Mr Greg Barns, did manage to criticise the interest many have in this event.

 And it now seems clear that Australia , and especially Tasmania will enjoy considerable economic and cultural benefits from this marriage. Australia will be represented, indeed very well represented by our respected Head of State, the Governor-General and Mrs. Jeffrey. In addition the Governor of Tasmania will attend.

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The National Anthem Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 04 May 2004

Acm publishes the following letter sent to Sydney's Daily Telegraph:

" Dear Sir,

Your full front page feature on today’s ( 5 May, 2004)Daily Telegraph “Can’t Save the Queen”
tries to suggest that the Country Womens Association’s (CWA) vote to no longer
sing God Save the Queen is a push towards republicanism. 

 Nothing could be further from the truth and any attempts by republicans to pretend it is should be regarded as a desperate beat up by a movement fast losing support for its cause; a fact verified by recent opinion polls.

Australian protocol dictates we sing the national anthem unless the Queen herself is present. I understand the CWA still swears its oath of allegiance to “God, Throne and Country.” Those still trying to push republicanism in Australia must first come up with a model that measures up to the safeguards of our current constitutional arrangements which are the best in the world. After intense debate through the 1990’s and over $150 million of tax payers’ funds, they were not able to do so. Republican stunts such as we have seen today do nothing to advance their cause.

 Yours sincerely,

Mrs Kerry Jones
Executive Director"

 
NSW Liberal Leader, John Brogden comes out to support the Latham republic! Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Friday, 30 April 2004

The NSW Liberal Leader of the Opposition has broken ranks with most of the Liberal Party and joined the Federal Labor Leader in supporting a radical constitutional change which would involve the direct election of a President.

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