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Queen's Birthday Reception, Tasmania Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Tasmanian Convenor of ACM, Mr Reg Watson, attended on Friday evening 7th June the annual Queen’s Birthday Reception at Government House, with hosts Hon. Peter Underwood AC the Governor of Tasmania and Mrs Underwood.

It was a black tie affair from 6:30pm until 8:30pm.  During the course of the evening the Governor spoke of the work undertaken by Her Majesty and afterwards the choir of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra gave a brief, but wonderful musical performance.

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The Tasmanian Government House is possibly the most pleasantly situated vice-regal residence in Australia. It was completed in 1858 to the Gothic revival design of architect William Porden Kay.

 
Happy birthday Your Majesty and long may you reign Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013

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Invited to write in The Daily Telegraph, Executive Director Jai Martinkovits wrote:

THE celebration of the Queen's official birthday reminds us of our oldest institution, the Crown, which has been with us since settlement and evolving for much longer.

Yet republicans advocate dumping our tried, tested and proven crowned republic for some vague, undefined politicians' republic. On some occasions they also argue that we should be shredding our beautiful national flag.

Peter FitzSimons and Ray Martin did this just before Anzac Day in 2010.

Now, parading under the banner of "our identity", the Australian Republican Movement would have you believe that Australia faces some sort of identity crisis. To this end, they are running an expensive and glossy campaign.

You would have thought that anyone proposing change would at least say what sort of change they wanted. But no, the republicans want to foist this burden on to the Australian taxpayer. And burden it is.

The latest is Malcolm Turnbull's idea for some interactive internet plebiscite to work out what the republicans seem unable to do themselves.

To date, there have been 12 major votes and inquiries on the republic. All have been paid for by the taxpayer. Republicans seem to believe electors should keep on voting until they get it right - until we have more politicians occupying high positions, with some ghastly beach towel as our flag.

In the meantime, an unholy alliance has emerged between Turnbull and Wayne Swan.

Swan, flailing in his surplus troubles and Turnbull, perhaps wanting to show how he is different from his leader, are seeking to put the debate back on the public agenda.

Monarchists have good reason to be uneasy about Turnbull's attempt to reignite the republic debate. Apart from being a great communicator, Turnbull was, according to his campaign director Greg Barnes, the principal benefactor of the republican movement in the '90s.

Separately, it would seem that the Australian Republican Movement has been trying to hitch a ride on the movement to have indigenous Australians recognised in the constitution.

Recognise, the primary group campaigning for indigenous recognition, clearly does not want to be associated in any way with the republic movement. Its campaign director, Tim Gartrell, was quick to point out that Recognise is already receiving support from both sides of the republic debate, including strident monarchist Tony Abbott.

Indeed, Abbott has long demonstrated genuine concern about indigenous people. And republicans seem to have forgotten that some of the strongest supporters of the Crown have been indigenous. Neville Bonner, our first indigenous federal parliamentarian, was one of the founding fathers of the constitutional monarchy movement.

As Turnbull famously said in his published diary from the referendum campaign, "nobody is interested".

[Republished with full permission. Originally published in The Daily Telegraph on 11 June 2013. To see the layout of the print version of the newspaper, including the ARM's piece, click here to take out a special subscription to The Daily Telegraph.]

 
Queens Birthday 2013 Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 10 June 2013

The celebration of The Queen's Birthday in this year is on Monday 10 June in South Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, and Tasmania, and in Western Australia on Monday30 September, reminds us that the Australian Crown is our oldest institution, dating from the first settlement.

 

It is the institution under which we received self government and under which we then agreed to unite, as the preamble to the Constitution Act says…in "one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under the Crown... and under this Constitution."

 

It is the institution under which we became independent, and which played a crucial role in the repatriation of the state constitutions in 1986.

 

The Crown is not a rubber stamp; it is an important check and balance on the exercise of power. It is not surprising then that The Queen’s Birthday is our first and oldest public holiday. As such it is a celebration of our history, our heritage and our great democracy.

 

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                                  [ Royal Salute in Perth, the Western capital]

 

...the oldest holiday for our most venerable and still important institution...

 

 

 

 

 

The fact is that fact Australians have enjoyed this holiday since 1788 when Governor Phillip declared a holiday on the birthday of King George III.

 

 

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[ The Queen arriving in the Australian State Coach ]

[ Trooping the Colour procession in London] 

 

 

 

George Mackaness in "Admiral Arthur Phillip - Founder of New South Wales 1728-1814" describes that event thus (as posted to the Australian Republic Unplugged site):

 

 

 

 

 

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Monarchy scores 96 per cent - republic four per cent Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 08 June 2013

The vote against creeping republicanism was 96%. Only 4% supported the republican politicians.

This was how senior lawyers in Brisbane reacted when they were offered the alternative of continuing as republican SC’s or being Queen’s Counsel. There was a similar vote in New Zealand, just as there was when eminent New Zealanders were offered the choice between continuing with a meaningless republican award or one which means something both at home and around the world.

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...is Greg Smith listening?...

 

I wonder what odds young Tom Waterhouse would offer that NSW, Victorian South Australian West Australian Tasmanian and Territorian lawyers would vote the same way.  Greg Smith – NSW Attorney – are you listening?

...the results...


Just three Queensland senior counsel lawyers of the 73 SCs want to remain an SC after the Executive Council ordered the QC title be restored.

Attorney General and Justice Minister Jarrod Bleijie welcomed the return of "a proud position" in Queensland's justice system.

All Australians should thank the Queensland Attorney for reversing the scourge of creeping republicanism. Even Malcolm Turnbull is now against it. He thinks it makes Australians forget they are suffering under the Crown.

Interviewed by Michael Madigan of The Courier Mail, Mr Bleijie said:  "This is well-deserved recognition of Queensland's senior legal fraternity who have overwhelmingly chosen to restore the title of QC".

"From now on eminent barristers will be appointed as QCs.”



...thoughtless decision...

 

 

Although warned at the time that the title Senior Counsel was unknown in Australia and overseas, the republican politicians put their obsession against the Crown before good government and indeed common sense.

When I was involved on a federal government council advising the government on the export of legal services, I made the point that the decision to close off further appointments would significantly reduce the engagement of Australian lawyers overseas.  The republicans on the council smiled, suggesting “ He would say that wouldn’t he?”


...international recognition...

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As Stuart Wood argues in an excellent article in Quadrant , QC is a global brand that is recognised instantly. No body knows what and SC is. Most think it refers to a consultant in a firm of solicitors.

Republican politicians and other elites should think twice before pushing their obsession. Some now admit that the 1999 Keating Turnbull republic could have damaged our constitutional system.  What is more worrying some said this before the campaign, then supported it.

The moral is clear.

The onus on the republicans is to satisfy the people that what they are proposing, in a all its details is as one of our founders declared “desirable, irresistible and inevitable.”

 

 
Fighting the Swan Turnbull republic Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 08 June 2013

 

 ACM is leading the fight against the Swan-Turnbull republican campaign. We have to be vigilant. 

 

 

Just after Liberal shadow minister Malcolm Turnbull re-launched the republican movement campaign, he entered into an unholy alliance with Labor Treasurer Wayne Swan and Malcolm Turnbull to turn Australia into some as yet undefined politicians' republic.


...ACM defends system...

But as Professor David Flint says in this interview broadcast on the national SBS News on 3 June, 2013, support for this is so low not only would a referendum be doomed, so would a plebiscite. ( See ACM's report on opinion polling - in particular the graph showing polling trends since the referendum and across the polls - at http://bit.ly/eA6Gyn )

 And as Opposition Leader Tony Abbott - ACM's foundation executive director - suggests, Australians are just not interested. The only vote which concerns them is the one in the coming election.




...distractions....



 
For Wayne Swan this is distraction from the problems relating to the budget, surplus which disappeared, the massive debts which are accumulating and the polling which is indicating problems for the government in the coming election.



...brand differentiation..


 
For Malcolm Turnbull, who has leadership aspirations, this is a singular way to demonstrate that his brand is different from that if his leader. He must not be underestimated both as a campaigner, and for the fact that his campaign director revealed he was the principal benefactor of the republican movement in the nineties.

One unresolved issue is whether he gave a commitment not to push the republican issue when he campaigned for the seat of Wentworth.     

        
         
   

 

 
Royal Daimler Project Dinner - 3 July, Sydney Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 07 June 2013

ACM members will recall the special project being undertaken by the National Museum of Australia to restore a Royal Daimler - one of only six commissioned - used in the 1954 Royal Tour.

 

You are invited to join members and guests of the Royal Automobile Club of Australia at the inaugural Royal Automobile Club of Australia Motoring Gala Dinner on Wednesday 3 July 2013 at 7:00pm for dinner at 7:30pm.

The dinner will celebrate Australia’s rich motoring history in company with leaders of motoring clubs and the motoring industry. Celebrated motoring journalist Mr David Berthon and Dr Guy Hansen, Head Curator, National Museum of Australia will be the evening’s guest speakers.

The evening will include fundraising activities in support of the National Museum of Australia’s Royal Daimler Project. A range of fabulous prizes will be auctioned and raffled, with all funds raised on the night going towards the conservation of the 1948 Daimler used during the first Australian Royal Tour of Queen Elizabeth II in 1954.

When: 3 July 2013

Where: The Macquarie Room, Royal Automobile Club of Australia, 89 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Time: 7:00pm for 7:30pm

Price: $118 per person or $1070 for table of ten

RSVP: To Katie (02) 8273 2320 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  and be sure to request a seat at one of the ACM tables.

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

 
60th anniversary of the Coronation Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 07 June 2013
          

The Queen is joined by members of the Royal Family, including Prince William and Kate Middleton, as she arrives at Westminster Abbey for a special religious service to mark the 60th anniversary of her coronation. This video was published on 4 June 2013 by the London Daily Telegraph.


 
Honouring the Queen at St John?s Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 06 June 2013

St John’s Anglican Church in Gordon will honour the Queen at a special service this Sunday.

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Although Queen Elizabeth II was born in April 1926, New South Wales will celebrate her 87th birthday next Monday with a public holiday.

2013 also marks 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in Westminster Abbey. St John’s Church will hold a special Evensong service this Sunday (9th of June) at 4pm to mark the occasion.

The Cathedral Singers, directed by Jim Abraham, will perform along with organists, Dr Brett McKern and Nicola Chau.
The repertoire will include music sung at the 1953 Coronation:

  • Handel Zadok the Priest
  • God Save the Queen
  • All people that on earth do dwell 

A special 60th Anniversary prayer written by Westminster Abbey with the Queen’s authority will be used.

All are welcome. Entry to the service and following Afternoon Tea is free.

St John’s is one of Sydney’s oldest churches and is currently undergoing major improvement works to restore it to its original glory. Amongst the Church’s treasures is a stone from Westminster Abbey.

Contact: Dr. Brett McKern 0408 303 225

 
Coronation remembered at St.Paul's Melbourne Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013
This video of the service at St Paul''s Cathedral Melbourne, to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Coronation was referred to us by ACM member, Joshua Gibbins.

He reports that the service was very popular. It was very beautiful indeed.

 
Coronation Sixty Years Ago Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 02 June 2013

Sixty years ago, Elizabeth II was crowned and anointed Queen according to this ancient service, the only one surviving in our modern world. This ushered in the new Elizabethan age which has seen significant changes throughout the Commonwealth. Australians and New Zealanders as well as those in what were then the Pacific Island colonies and territories had to wait almost a week to see film of the event which fascinated the world. Until then they made do with short wave radio broadcasts and newspaper reports, accompanied by grainy radio transmitted pictures.

This clip contains rare archive TV and film footage of the Coronation, both black and white and in colour.

 
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