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Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Just who would describe the newly born Prince George, the Prince of Cambridge  as a ''parasite''?

None other than the Melbourne broadcaster on the ABC program, Mornings with John Faine.
 

Mr Faine was offensive. And he was wrong.

The Macquarie Dictionary defines ''parasite'' as ''an animal or plant which lives on or in an organism of another species (the host), from the body of which it obtained nutriment''. It is also ''one who lives on others or another without making any useful and fitting return, especially one who lives on the hospitality of others''.

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Some people will find it  curious indeed that one who depends wholly on taxpayer funding  should make such an allegation.



..unjustified....  

 

 

In addition here are those who object to the national broadcaster engaging in what they see as superfluous activities, such as talkback which can be easily provided by the private sector, without the taxpayer having to subsidise them.

ACM, being concerned only with the preservation of our constitutional system and our flag of course takes no position on these criticisms.

Our concern  is that Mr Faine is  not only being offensive. He is asserting that the baby Prince will be living on others without making any useful and fitting return. On both counts we say that he is wrong. As we have long alone argued, the Royal Family is self-funded. And does anyone seriously doubt that the Royal Family does not in full measure serve the several realms and the Commonwealth?

We have asked the ABC to allow us time to explain this, and to explain why so many people are  offended. 


 
Local Government referendum Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 05 August 2013

The holding of the election on 7 September, 2013 means the local government referendum has been suspended and is now unlikely to proceed.  Much of the growing disapproval about the referendum can be attributed to the work of the  Citizens' Vote NO committee.

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This committee prepared the official no case approved by the MP's and Senators, and ran a major media campaign. While ACM took no position on the referendum, the committee  included some prominent ACM people and those who campaigned for the NO case in 1999.

Pending federal funding, the committee raised its own money and set up a corporation, website and facebook pages. Media releases were issued frequently and members appeared regularly in the media.


.....ACM's interest....


 

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Queen's nuclear war speech Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 05 August 2013

A 1983 draft of a speech by The Queen in the event of a nuclear war has been released by the UK archives. This was at a time of heightened cold war tensions.

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She refers to her "beloved son Andrew",  then serving as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot, and the address by King George VI on the outbreak of World War II .

 

"Now this madness of war is once more spreading through the world and our brave country must again prepare itself to survive against great odds."

"I have never forgotten the sorrow and the pride I felt as my sister and I huddled around the nursery wireless set listening to my father's inspiring words on that fateful day in 1939. Not for a single moment did I imagine that this solemn and awful duty would one day fall to me.

"But whatever terrors lie in wait for us all the qualities that have helped to keep our freedom intact twice already during this sad century will once more be our strength."

"As we strive together to fight off the new evil let us pray for our country and men of goodwill wherever they may be," she declares.

"May God bless you all."

 
Brave republican flees Print E-mail
Written by Jai Martinkovits   
Friday, 02 August 2013

The prominent republican – a Sydney Morning Herald weekly columnist and former 2UE talkback broadcaster – Mike Carlton easily takes fright.

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When he wrote that the "chances of (Prince) George Alexander Louis Mountbatten-Windsor wearing what Professor David Flint and his ilk absurdly call the "Australian crown", must be slim," David Flint challenged him to a debate.

But there would be no civilised debate for our Mike.  Instead he skulked off to hide in his eyrie, hurling abuse over his obnoxious tweeting shoulder.

Clearly Carlton knows that Flint would wipe the floor with him.  What courage!  What style!  Carlton uses his weekly platform to throw out a series of propositions, but clearly is incapable and unwilling to defend his obviously untenable positions.

In this case he asserts, as some consensus among like soothsayers, that Australians will at the end of the reign, readily and immediately, decide to make the biggest change ever proposed to our constitutional system.  He is predicting that they will actually rip out the oldest institution from their constitutional system, the one which provides leadership beyond politics.  And despite knowing what politicians can get up to, Australians will joyfully rush to replace their crowned republic with some form of politicians' republic.

It is not surprising that Mr. Carlton is unable to formulate a coherent and sustainable defence to this.  He knows his ability to predict is, to say the least, questionable.  As Flint, who led the ACM campaign in 1999, observed, Carlton was sure the people would vote for his politicians’ republic in 1999 and was no doubt astounded by the landslide.

Then there was his prediction that the funeral of the Queen Mother would only be noticed by "confused Japanese tourists'' and a "few royalists".

So dream on Mr. Carlton, dream on.

 
Flag Day Lunch - Tasmania Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 01 August 2013

The Australian National Flag Association (Tas) Inc. are holding their annual Flag Day luncheon, with Special Guest Elise Archer LLB, on 3 September 2013.

This is to be held at Parliament House, Hobart, at 12noon for 12.30pm.

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Click here to download a PDF copy of the flyer.

 
It's an enormous time of welcoming and celebration Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Reg Watson, Tasmanian Convenor of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, notes that it is an enormous time of welcoming and celebration. He says that the news of the birth of the third in line to the throne can only excite Australians.

He believes that it is a marvellous continuation of the Royal Family and most importantly a continuation of our proven system of government.

Mr. Watson, recognising that personalities are secondary to the system itself, believes that the birth of the Royal Baby will only increase popularity of the system.

 
In their dreams Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 28 July 2013

And I was thinking that most republican heavies had reluctantly come to  the conclusion that the end of this reign won't produce their silver bullet. The country won't immediately decide to adopt any sort of politicians republic the usual suspects decide we must have.

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[Sebastiano Ricci - Dream of Aesculapius ]


Not it seems, the Sydney Morning Herald's weekly columnist, the former 2UE talkback broadcaster, Mike Carlton. (We're  challenging him to a debate on this.)


On Saturday 27 July, 2013 he wrote that the "chances of (Prince) George Alexander Louis Mountbatten-Windsor wearing what Professor David Flint and his ilk absurdly call the Australian crown", must be slim."

 

He says that there seems to be a "consensus'' that "the republic should be on hold until the end of this reign after which "we" will move, "respectfully and with gratitude", to erase ''foreign'' royalty from our constitution and to install an Australian as our head of state."

By "we" our Mike is no doubt referring to the declining band of "passionate republicans'' left in the country.


...embarrassing...


 

 

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Prince George - Our Future King Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 25 July 2013

Welcome to HRH The Prince George Alexander Louis, our future KIng.

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Why we'd rather have a Prince than a politician Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013

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The birth of the baby Prince is of great importance and significance to Australia.  It reinforces our oldest institution – one of the fundamental pillars of our nation – the Australian Crown.

One of the fascinating aspects of our monarchy is that it constantly renews itself.  In recent years we have seen – with many millions around the world – the Royal Wedding of William and Kate and later that year the visit of The Queen farewelled by well over 100,000 on the banks of the Swan River.  Now we have the birth of a Prince - the third in line to the throne.  It is the monarchy’s unique ability to unite the nation, old and young and those from different cultures and religions, which ensures that it continues to remain as relevant today as it has been for centuries.  In fact, after the aged, the lowest support for a politicians’ republic is to be found among the young and those new to our country.

Aside from their long held affection for The Queen, Australians intrinsically understand that the Crown provides leadership beyond politics.  As Sir Winston Churchill noted, the Crown is important not so much for the power it wields, but for the power it denies others.

In these times of political turbulence, whatever their political persuasions, Australians cherish an institution which unites rather than divides.  Just as they do that other wonderful symbol of national unity – the Australian Flag.

Australians are also fascinated by the Royal Family who are always, as Walter Bagehot indicated – and the media interest testifies – interesting people, doing interesting things.  And there is a very human level connection that an event like a Royal Birth offers.  It reminds us that the Royal Family is, underneath it all, just like everybody else.  The fact is reinforced by William and Kate expressing their intention to be much more hands on parents than other monarchs have traditionally been.

Further, the birth of the baby Prince demonstrates the centrality of the Family in our society.  The attention of the nation is concentrated on the birth of a child in the same way that constantly occurs in families across Australia.
This emphasis on the Family is a feature of The Crown and not something for which the political arm lends itself.  Our politicians, understandably, put their families in another more private compartment.  And why do they almost invariably use their family when they explain their premature retirement on generous superannuation?  This is almost always followed by vast consultancies, directorships and other jobs for the boys and girls.

In a constitutional monarchy, the Royal Family is an integral part of the system.  And the succession determines who is to become the Sovereign.  Republicans may say that this is not in accordance with their values, but they forget that becoming Sovereign in a modern constitutional monarchy involves a life of service and dedication – as The Queen herself has long demonstrated.

The Royal Baby is born – some would say doomed – to a life of service.  Americans are astounded that Prince William and Prince Harry see it as their duty to serve in the defence forces – few children of the leading American families would do that.  But that is our Royal Family – they have long lived to serve.

Republicans who think that the end of the reign will mean that Australians will change the constitution forget that their movement has gone backwards.  At least in 1999 they were able to explain to the nation precisely what form of politicians’ republic they wanted.  Today, apart from vague talk about national identity, they are unable to give one detail about what kind of republic they want.  Instead, they have different proposals for taxpayers to fund their search for a model which would scrape through a referendum.

But Australians remain uninterested.  The Prince of Cambridge will only reinforce that.

Jai Martinkovits is Executive Director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.  Follow Jai on Twitter at @jaimartinkovits.

[An edited version of this piece was first published in The Daily Telegraph on 24 July 2013.  To access the online version, click here.]

 
Royal Baby is of great importance and significance to Australia Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Executive Director, Jai Martinkovits, speaks with Ten News' Hugh Riminton about the significance of the birth of the Royal Baby to Australia.

 
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