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Condolences to families of MH17 disaster Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 21 July 2014

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Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, like all Australians and others around the world, was very saddened to learn of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 disaster.

Our condolences go out, in particular, to families of those Australians who so senselessly lost their lives.

We have no doubt that the nation is behind the Prime Minister's call for an independent investigation.

 
Her Majesty invests Marie Bashir with insignia Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 18 July 2014

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The Buckingham Palace Court Circular of 16 July notes that:

"Professor the Honourable Marie Bashir was received by The Queen today when Her Majesty invested her with the Insignia of a Dame of the Order of Australia. Sir Nicholas Shehadie was also received by The Queen."

No images of the investiture appear to be available at this stage.

 
Stability first Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 18 July 2014

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In The Australian's editorial (15 July 2014) on its 50th anniversary, the newspaper concedes that with a dramatic fall in those strongly supporting change to some politicians' republic, Australians probably are indicating how much they appreciate and prefer the stability which comes from our constitutional monarchy.

The newspaper led the media's campaign for a Yes vote in the 1999 referendum to replace the Crown with about the Keating-Turnbull republic.

Read more: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/tablet-t3/tablet-t3/a-nation-of-optimists-on-a-bumpy-quest-to-adulthood/story-fnmc7fzj-1226988892747?sv=52a00690f793e94314f50b4f6a4e00f0

 
Conspiracy Debunked Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 14 July 2014

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Paul Kelly, Editor-at-large at The Australian writes ("Conspiracy debunked" 8 July 2014) on the role of Rupert Murdoch in the newspaper. He also speaks of the newspaper's "core values" which include "backing for a Republic".

Mr Kelly was a very strong proponent of the newspaper's at times frantic campaign in the 90s for the delivery of the Keating Turnbull Republic. The Australian's editorial position now seems to be along the lines of St Augustine "Give me a Republic ... but not yet''.

The Australian has handed over the role of flag bearer to the Fairfax newspapers, but even they seem to have realised the futility of pushing the issue in these days when the nation's youth are challenging the elderly as the age group the least interested in Australia becoming a politicians' republic .

For those interested the full statement of The Australian's core values "can be summarised as a competitive market based economy; the belief that a strong economy and healthy society go together; faith in a big Australia; the global outlook shaped by engagement with Asia and the US Alliance; a greater emphasis on parental responsibilities; the belief that culturally progressive policies in education and the indigenous have failed the nation; backing for a Republic and genuine aboriginal reconciliation; and ensuring the full scope of the nation – its regional role and resource potential – is recognised."

"Paul Kelly ends by saying that ''the paper is a shared project. Yet many would agree with (Mark) Day's proposition that without an idiosyncratic proprietor we wouldn't have a 50th anniversary".

Mr. Kelly's observation on the singular role of Rupert Murdoch is probably correct.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/conspiracy-debunked-the-truth-about-murdoch-editors/story-e6frg74x-1226982216395

 
ACM online influence reaches new heights Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 11 July 2014

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Thursday, July 3 was a significant day for Australians interested in the preservation of our oldest continuing institution - The Australian Crown - and our beautiful Flag. The ACM Facebook page passed 50,000 "likes"!

Here are some statistics that may interest you:

  • Over 90% of our likes are from Australia.
  • Led by the US and the UK, the rest are, we assume, mainly expatriate communities.
  • Males and females are almost balanced, and more representative of females than the overall ratio of Facebook users.
  • 16% are under 18, 36% under 25, and almost half are under 35. What was that former Attorney General Nicola Roxon about no new monarchists being born?
  • The top ten cities are Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Canberra, Townsville, and Hobart.
  • The only foreign city with more than 100 fans is London.

On behalf of the National Council of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, we would like to thank you for your active participation through, liking, commenting on and sharing the page's various posts.

If you have not done so already, please share the page with your friends and family. Let's see how quickly we can get to the next major milestone - 100,000 likes

 
Royal visit celebrated by Australia Post Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014

Australia Post is celebrating the recent royal visit to Australia of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with HRH Prince George of Cambridge with a new stamp release featuring memorable engagements during their visit.

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Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Michael Zsolt, said the new stamp release commemorated the iconic images of the Royal family’s visit to well-known Australian locations.

“For many Australians a highlight of the visit was the family’s visit to Taronga Zoo, where little Prince George was introduced to an inquisitive bilby, named in his honour,” Mr Zsolt said.

“We are pleased to mark the royal visit to Australia of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George with the release of this stamp issue and we trust this commemorative stamp issue will also be very popular.”

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“We are encouraging stamp collectors and followers of royal and special events to put their orders in early to avoid disappointment,” Mr Zsolt added.

The 10-day visit to Australia by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son began on 16 April 2014 when the family arrived in Sydney. The Royal couple also visited recent bushfire affected areas of the Blue Mountains, the RAAF base at Amberley in Brisbane, Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park, Adelaide and Canberra, where they attended the dawn Anzac Day service at the Australian War Memorial.
This was the first official visit to Australia for the Duchess of Cambridge and the third for the Duke, who visited Queensland and Victoria as recently as March 2011. Prince William’s first royal visit to Australia was as a nine-month-old in the company of his parents, The Prince and Princess of Wales, on their official tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1983.

The new royal visit stamp release features engagements made by the royal family during their visit to Sydney and it includes a domestic base-rate (70c) stamp and international rate ($2.60) stamp.

The designer of the stamps is Simone Sakinofsky of the Australia Post Design Studio using photographs by Samir Hussein/WireImage (70c) and Chris Jackson/Getty Images ($2.60).

The products associated with this stamp issue include a miniature sheet, first day cover, stamp pack, set of two maxicards, sheetlet of five $2.60 self-adhesive stamps, gutter strips of 10 x 70c and 10 x $2.60 stamps with design and a booklet of 10 x 70c self-adhesive stamps.
The Royal Visit stamp issue is available from 8 July 2014 at participating Australia Post retail outlets, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at auspost.com.au/stamps while stocks last.

 
Constitution Day, 9 July Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014
Constitution Day falls on 9 July each year. This is the day when Queen Victoria assented to the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, 1900, which brought to a successful conclusion the unusually peaceful and democratic process to unite the six self governing Australian colonies.

We Australians federated under the Crown; the Crown has been with us from the settlement in 1788, and has been intimately involved on every significant occasion in the life of the nation.


...the Proclamation....

The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act provided that it should take effect on a date to be proclaimed by The Queen. This is was done on 17 September, 1900 at Balmoral, Her Majesty declaring that she was then satisfied that the people of Western Australia had indicated in a referendum that they too wished to join the Commonwealth of Australia.

The Queen then signified that the new Australian nation should come into being on the first day of the new year and the first day of the new century.

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...swearing in...

In the first video below, you may see the swearing in of the first Governor-General, Lord Hopetown, who then proceeds to swear in the first ministry under Prime Minister Edmund Barton. (This and other videos mentioned in this column are not the newly produced ones launched on Thursday.)

This significant event took place on 1 January 1901 in a pavillion in Centennial Park Sydney. The Governor-General,and The Queen's Ministers of State for the Commonwealth, as the Constitution describes them, used the same desk on which The Queen had assented to the Act.

The second video shows scenes of the Federation parade in Sydney.

...move to Canberra...

Read more...
 
The passing of Tasmanian Governor, Peter Underwood Print E-mail
Written by Reg Watson   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014

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[The late Justice Peter Underwood AC.]

It was with shock that I learnt of the sudden death of the Tasmanian Governor, The Honourable Justice Peter Underwood AC who died at the Royal Hobart Hospital after complications following surgery removing a tumour from his kidney.

Justice Underwood was appointed to the Tasmanian Supreme Court in 1984 and was in his second term as governor which would have finished in 2016. He was 76 years of age. Although a proud Tasmanian he was actually born in Great Britain, migrating here in 1950 as 13 year old child.

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[Tasmanian Convenor, Reg Watson, with daughter Kylie at a recent reception at Government House, hosted by the late Justice Peter Underwood AC, Governor of Tasmania.]

I knew the Governor of Tasmania quite well. He was Patron of the Council of United Commonwealth Societies which ACM (Tasmania) is a member. When past President I entertained him at dinner and lunch. Recently I attended the June reception at Government House in honour of the birthday of Her Majesty, expecting to see the Governor as host, but in turn, we were entertained by the Lieutenant Governor, Justice Allan Blow as Peter Underwood was ill in hospital.

I always found the Governor attentive and respectful. He also had a good sense of humour, but I had the opinion that he would not suffer fools easy. I was interviewed by ABC Radio news this afternoon and was asked what would be his legacy. I replied that he served the Office of Governor with dignity and respect and undertook his duties very well. He was our 27th Governor and successfully followed on the heels of William (Bill) Cox, who was popular and very good. At times it can be very difficult in continuing a role that was so successfully undertaken, but Justice Underwood did so. Occasionally I would write to His Excellency through the email system regarding particular matters to which he would personally reply. On one occasion he wrote me a long hand note received in the post, which I still have in my files.

Yes, he was a good Governor, leaving his wife, Francis, four children and three step children. His family was at his side during his last moments. It will be hard to replace him. The State Government has offered the family a State funeral.

The Governor-General, Sir Peter Crosgrove, as would be expected, spoke highly of the late Governor of Tasmania.

 
Tasmanian Governor Peter Underwood dies, aged 76 Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014

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ACM notes with regret the passing of Tasmanian Governor, Peter Underwood AC.

Mr Underwood, who was 76, died in the Royal Hobart Hospital a month after having a tumour removed from his kidney.

ACM's Tasmanian Convenor will be issuing a statement shortly.

Read more: http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/tasmanian-governor-peter-underwood-dies-aged-76-surrounded-by-family/story-fnj4f7k1-1226981191580

 
Special function to farewell NSW Governor Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014

Our good friends at the Commonwealth Day Council of NSW have kindly extended an invitation to all members and friends of ACM, to attend a special function to farewell their Patron, Her Excellency The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, Governor of NSW.

The function will also celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the Commonwealth Day Council of NSW.

Details of the function are below.

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

 
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