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Australia v France Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 21 June 2014
Congratulations to the Wallabies in a whitewash over France culminating in a comprehensive 39-13 victory in the third and final Test at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney on 21 June 2014.

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Read more in the Sky Sports TV report


 
 
Queen's Birthday 2014 Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 09 June 2014

The Queen's Birthday  reminds us that the Australian Crown is our oldest institution, dating from the first settlement.

This is celebrated this year on Monday 9 June in South Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, and Tasmania, and in most of Western Australia on Monday 29 September*.

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                                  [ Royal Salute in Perth, the Western capital]

It was under the Crown that the nation was settled and under which we received self government. When we agreed to unite, as the preamble to the Constitution Act says, in "one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth'' we did so ''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.

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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.

 

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

 

Australians have marked this day since 1788 when Governor Phillip declared a holiday on the birthday of King George III.

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Dame Marie Bashir Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 09 June 2014

Queen Elizabeth II, as Queen of Australia, has conferred the title of Dame  in the Order of Australia on the Governor of New South Wales, Professor  Marie Roslyn Bashir. Her Majesty had appointed Dame Marie as Governor in 2001, Her Excellency taking up the office on 1 March. 

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[ Dame Marie Bashir ]
  


Under a system  unique in the Commonwealth of Nations, The Queen of Australia is advised on the appointment of a state governors by the  premier.  In Canada, similar appointments are made by the governor general advised by the prime minister. 

Under the Australian system, which The Queen personally agreed to, local considerations are paramount, demonstrating how well the Australian Crown serves our federal system.

The wisdom of this arrangement and the advantages of our constitutional monarchy have been very well demonstrated by  the appointment of Dame Marie.



...inspired choice....



 

  As The Sydney Morning Herald observed, and both sides of politics agreed,  this was  "an inspired choice" .  And so it proved to be. With extensions, her term has been extended until September this year when she will retire at her own request.

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Value of ANZAC for the young Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 05 June 2014

The member for Baulkham Hills in the NSW Parliament, and the ACM National Campaign Director during the referendum, David Elliott has urged young people across Western Sydney to embrace the ANZAC legend and enter the ANZAC Youth Ambassadors Essay Competition, sponsored by ClubsNSW.

Mr Elliott is Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Youth, Homelessness and the Centenary of ANZAC. He served in the Australian Army and reached the rank of Captain. 
 

Mr Elliott is offering six students the opportunity to visit Gallipoli, France, Ypres and Westminster Abbey for Remembrance Day this year and to engage with the community on the importance of the ANZAC legacy.


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 “The full narrative of the ANZAC legacy is often understated in our schools,” Mr Elliott said.

 “While Gallipoli is certainly the most well-known aspect of the ANZAC story, the efforts of Australian soldiers on the Western Front, be it in Villers-Bretonneux, Ypres or Passchendaele, played just as significant a role in shaping our national ethos. 

“Equipping our youth with the whole of the ANZAC narrative, enabling them to pass the legend on to their peers, ensures an engaging of our next generation with our history.” 

 

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General Hurley to be NSW Governor Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 05 June 2014

"I took an oath of allegiance to the Queen when I was 19 and I shall continue to serve her unless and until the Australian people decide otherwise, '' said General David John Hurley AC DSC on the announcement by Premier Mike Baird of his appointment by The Queen of Australia as Governor of New South Wales.

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This is to take effect on 2 October this year in succession to Professor Marie Bashir.

He was responding to a question concerning the monarchy and Australia becoming a (politicians') republic.

 Asked his own views on change to a republic he said: "From this day onwards I have no personal views."

Australians for Constitutional Monarchy warmly congratulates General and Mrs Hurley  on the appointment.

General Hurley is currently serving in the position of Chief of the Defence Force (CDF). He  succeeded Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston as CDF on 4 July 2011.

 
Invictus Games Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Prince Harry speaks at the announcement that the international Invictus Games will be held in London this September.

The Games are for those wounded in the service of their country. Australia will be among fourteen countries sending a national team

 
Queen awards new standards to the Household Cavalry Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 02 June 2014

The Queen presents new standards to the Household Cavalry in May 2014

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Submarine attack Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 02 June 2014
Of the three Japanese submarines that attacked Sydney Harbour on 31 May 1942, two were destroyed or disabled during the raid; the third disappeared and was located off Sydney's northern beaches by a group of amateur divers in November 2006.

Minimum material damage was caused by the attack, but 21 sailors were killed when the depot ship HMAS Kuttabul ( pictured below) was torpedoed.

 

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...defence..

At that time, the Harbour was protected by an intricate network of anti-submarine nets.

When a ferry left Circular Quay for the longer trip to Manly, it would leave the netted area to go into unprotected waters. As the net was opened a bell would be rung to announce this to passengers. As the ferry approached Manly another bell would be rung to announce the re-entry into protected waters.

There was a fear that enemy submarines would learn this and enter the protected harbour under a ferry.

At the same time, barbed wire and other obstacles were placed on the beaches to hinder enemy landings.

these were not empty fears, although the likelihood of attack diminished after the Japanese advance was halted in Papua New Guinea and the Coral Sea. Australia's Northern ports, especially Darwin, had already been heavily bombed by the Japanese.

 
Sir John Monash takes charge Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 02 June 2014

On 31 May 1918 Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, arguably Australia's greatest general, succeeds the courageous and popular British Field Marshal Sir William Riddell Birdwood (later Baron Birdwood of Anzac and Totnes) as General Officer Commanding the Australian Corps.

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RAAF with the first 1000 bomber raid Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 02 June 2014

On 30 May 1942 the Royal Australian Air Force took part in the first 1,000-bomber raid launched by the RAF. The target was Cologne, Germany. To make up the numbers crews were taken from operational training units to participate in the raid.

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