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State Opening of Parliament Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 29 May 2014

The State Opening of the British Parliament for the 2014-15 session will take place on Wednesday 4 June 2014. The State Opening happens on the first day of a new parliamentary session or shortly after a general election. Commonwealth Parliaments follow much of this tradition. 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: The State Opening of the British Parliament for the 2014-15 session will take place on Wednesday 4 June 2014. The State Opening happens on the first day of a new parliamentary session or shortly after a general election.
 
Crimean War Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 29 May 2014

The Black Watch at the Battle of the Alma on 20 September 1854 during the Crimean War. When war broke out, authorities feared that Russian warships would attack the Australian colonies. This lead to the fortification of Pinchgut Island in Sydney Harbour.

The fort was renamed Fort Denison after the Governor of New South Wales at the time, Sir William Denison. The fort was actually completed after the Crimean War had ended. 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: The Black Watch at the Battle of the Alma on 20 September 1854 during the Crimean War. When war broke out,  authorities feared that Russian warships would attack the Australian colonies. This lead to the fortification of Pinchgut Island in Sydney Harbour. The fort was  renamed  Fort Denison after the Governor of New South Wales at the time, Sir William Denison. The fort was actually completed after the Crimean War had ended.
 
IQ2 Debate - Last gasp of the republicans Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014

ACM has been advised that an organisation called IQ2 - a project of the St. James Ethics Centre - will be holding a debate on 24 June 2014 at the City Recital Hall, Sydney, on the topic "The Queen should be the last Australian Monarch".

The debate will be before an audience and will be broadcast on the BBC to an estimated 70 million people.

Having led the campaign for the No case in 1999, ACM is of course totally and unconditionally opposed  to the motion.

A glance at our study of opinion polling  demonstrates beyond doubt  that there is little support for such a massive change to the fundamental principle of our constitution. This is that the people of the six colonies had agreed to unite in an indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under the Crown, a crowned republic.  That was affirmed by the people nationally, in every state and in 72% of electorates in 1999. 

Worse for the republican push is the distinct lack of support for their agenda from Australia's youth, as demonstrated in our study. Even worse is that youth support ha snow fallen below that among the elderly.

This debate is really a last gasp by the republican push 

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[Succession in safe hands ]


To view the flyer, please click here.




...Speakers..

 

Speaking for the motion are Bob Carr (former NSW Premier) and Marcia Langton (activist for Aboriginal rights).

Speaking against the motion are David Aaronvitch (Times columnist, broadcaster and commentator) and Julian Leeser.

Julian Leeser has been 

  • an elected delegate to the 1998 Constitutional Convention ( the youngest);
  • convenor of Young Australians for Constitutional Monarchy,
  • member of the 1999 official referendum Vote No Committee;
  • Convenor of the Citizen's No Committee on the proposed Local Government recognition referendum;
  • an attorney with a leading law firm; 
  • adviser to the Attorney-General of Australia, and
  • Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre.

Julian Leeser is a lawyer and a university administrator.

For further information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.iq2oz.com.

 

 
Australians colonies virtually independent by 1885 Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014

On 18 May 1885,  New South Wales  Sudan contingent departed Suakin for Sydney, having spent a little over two months in the Sudan without seeing any serious action.  

 

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Before Federation, the British gave each state the right to elect its own government. Although the British were responsible for defence, especially naval, the colonies had a role if they wished. The 1885 Sudan campaign illustrates how free the Australian colonies were.

The decision to involve New South Wales troops in the Sudan, and to recall them was made in Sydney, not London.  When the government of New South Wales received news in February 1885, of the death of General Charles Gordon at Khartoum during the British campaign against the Dervish revolt in the eastern Sudan, they offered the British forces there the service of New South Wales .

This was accepted and within two  weeks a force of 30 officers and 740 men comprising an infantry battalion, with artillery and support units, was enrolled, re-equipped and dispatched for Africa.  

 

 ...British proposal rejected...    

 

  They were farewelled from Circular Quay in Sydney on 3 March 1885 by an enormous public gathering and marching bands. arrived at Suakin on the Red Sea on 29 March 1885.  By May 1885, the campaign had been reduced to a series of small skirmishes, the most significant of which for the New South Wales contingent came at Takdul on 6 May. The British government then suggested the NSW  contingent be sent to India where there were concerns about Russian intentions in Afghanistan.    

 

 ...media ridicule...  

 

Because of public opposition, the NSW government decided they should return  to Sydney. On their  arrival on  23 June 1885, and despite  their service, and their engagements at Tamai and Takdul, the New South Wales Sudan contingent was ridiculed by the media.



...battle honour... 

   

Nevertheless, the contingent's efforts were recognised with an official battle honour – "Suakin 1885" – which was the first battle honour awarded to an Australian unit. 

 

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Electoral Fraud- Alan Jones speaks to David Flint Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 19 May 2014

2GB's Alan Jones recently interviewed Professor David Flint on the subject of electoral fraud, which has long been a matter of some concern to ACM, particularly in relation to referendums and convention elections. 

During the 1999 referendum campaign about whether Australia should become a politicians' republic, the noted electoral authority Malcolm Mackerras came to brief some of our supporters who were preparing to man the booths. (At that time we brought together over 55,000 supporters spread across most electorates.)

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He agreed that there would be a degree of fraud in the election but declined to specify a percentage. His view was that it would not matter as the result would be very clear. Where it did matter had been at the 1988 convention elections which were postal and therefore open to even more fraud. Recently a joint parliamentary committee has handed down an interim report relating to the recent Senate election. It proposes major changes to a system which has been in place for 30 years.

While these changes would in no way impact on a referendum, there are aspects of the system which are still of significance for us.

These relate to the formalities necessary on enrolment, access to and the closing of the rolls ( the latter would be of importance in a referendum were held simultaneously in an election), identity requirements and the linking of the roll electronically to prevent multiple voting, and the extraordinary way in which we have moved from the concept that the nation should – subject to few exceptions – go to the polls on the same day.

As we mentioned above, Professor  David Flint was interviewed by Alan Jones on radio station 2GB on 15 May 2014 on electoral fraud which is the subject of a chapter in the second edition of Give Us Back Our Country, 2014 Connor Court.  

 Give us back our Country 2nd Ed. -- D. Flint & J. Martinkovits - Click Image to Close
 
Was this the silliest republican stunt? Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 13 May 2014

The anniversary on 9 May of the opening of the first Federal Parliament by the future King George V  is forever linked  with the superb painting by Tom Roberts. 

It is also linked with one of the silliest stunts engineered by the republicans, made even more extraordinary by the participation of a State Premier. This was staged for the Queen’s Birthday weekend in 2001.

(They also do them for Australia Day and sometimes even for ANZAC Day.)
 

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 ..myths too...  


Obviously a lot of effort goes into these – a pity they haven't put the same effort into developing just one workable republican model. 

They are like the myths the republicans concoct . The latest - proclaimed by the ARM leader - is that every opinion poll over the last 30 years shows that the nation's young are the most republican.

The stunt that year  was that the Queen “return” the Tom Robert’s painting on permanent loan in Parliament House Canberra.

What was truly remarkable was that someone persuaded the Victorian Premier, Steve Bracks to join in and rush off a letter to The Queen demanding she “return” the painting.
  


...Premier Steve Brack supports stunt...  



The Australian Financial Review published a letter about this on 26 June 2001.

This was with a cartoon showing two royal corgis using their litter tray the floor of which is covered with shredded paper. On a torn piece you can just make out the words “Steve Bracks”.

The caption – “Steve Brack’s letter to the Queen”.

The letter in full stated:- 
 




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The Coronation 12 May 1937 Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 12 May 2014
The Coronation of our beloved King George VI who gave singular leadership to the Commonwealth in the dark days of the war, particularly when the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, India and the Empire were almost alone against the totalitarian powers intent on snuffing out freedom everywhere.

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Our Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, is seated in front of The King. The King is between his mother, Queen Mary and his wife, Queen Elizabeth.

Behind The King is the Duke of Gloucester, with the Duchess to the left of Queen Mary. They came to Australia through dangerous seas in wartime for the Duke to become our Governor-General.

The Duke of Kent, earlier proposed as our Governor-General, is to the right of Queen Elizabeth. He was killed in an airline crash on military service in 1942.
There are several members of European Royal Houses here, many later expelled by the Nazis and some after the war by Soviet puppet communist governments which imposed so called peoples republics on the people.
 
Prince William - role model for republican pollies Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 11 May 2014
Prince William is now being held up as a role model for our mainly republican politicians - ''POLLIES MUST FLY ECONOMY'' the headline insists.

What will our republican pollies say now? What will the republican former pollies who still fly... business on their gold passes - including those two former premiers who are always in the media spruiking some politicians' republic - say?

The headline ''POLLIES MUST FLY ECONOMY'' is on the lead side bar to popular Miranda Devine's column in Australia's highest circulating newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph (11 May 2014).




Photo: Prince William is now being held up as a role model for our mainly republican politicians - ''POLLIES MUST FLY ECONOMY'' screams the headline. What will our republican pollies say  now?  What will the republican former pollies who still fly business on their gold passes - including those two former premiers who are always in the media spruiking  some politicians' republic - say?  The headline ''POLLIES MUST FLY ECONOMY'' is on the lead side bar to popular Miranda Devine's column in Australia's highest circulating newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph (11 May 2014).  No wonder most pollies want a politicians' republic.   The pollies certainly don't want to be embarrassed by our Prince.  Miranda - bless her- writes:     "IF economy class is good enough for Prince William it should be good enough for our politicians and public servants.   "'There is no good reason why the poor overburdened taxpayer should pay extra for them to sit in business class seats on domestic flights.  ''If politicians and public servants want to travel in more style, let them pay for the difference out of their own pockets.   ''Frankly, it would do them good to share a cabin with the hard-working small business people and PAYG wage slaves who pay their salaries and perks and are sick of the wasteful spending of big government.  ''They shouldn’t be hobnobbing in the Qantas Chairman’s Lounge either. Let them sit out in the terminal with real people.  ''If the government is serious about tightening belts, they should remember that “equality of sacrifice” begins at home.''  Will the republican pollies - and those two former premiers always in the media spruiking some politicians' republic - follow our Prince's lead?
....unlike most Aussies, most pollies are republicans....

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Ray Simpson VC Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 11 May 2014
Warrant Office Ray Simpson VC was commanding local Montagnards in the Kontum province in Vietnam on 6 to 11 May 1969 when the leading platoon came under heavy fire. He ran under fire to a wounded Australian adviser and carried him to safety.
He then covered the company’s withdrawal, still carrying his mate. On a second occasion, he organised the rescue of wounded men trapped by enemy fire, placing himself between them and the enemy until they could withdraw. 
 
Photo: Warrant Office Ray Simpson VC was commanding local Montagnards in the Kontum province in Vietnam on 6 to 11 May 1969 when the leading platoon came under heavy fire. He ran under fire to a wounded Australian adviser and carried him to safety. He then covered the company’s withdrawal, still carrying his mate. On a second occasion, he organised the rescue of wounded men trapped by enemy fire, placing himself between them and the enemy until they could withdraw.   For this he received the Victoria Cross which is awarded for the  ''most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy''.  Ray Simpson was born in 1926 at Chippendale, Sydney. He enlisted in March 1944 and served on Morotai, Tarakan, and Rabaul. Re-enlisting, he served in Korea and Malaya. In 1962 he was sent to Vietnam. During a second tour there in 1964, he was wounded and awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Discharged, he re-enlisted for a final tour.   Simpson left the army in 1970; he was the longest-serving member of the AATTV. During his military career as well as the Victoria Cross  and the Distinguished Conduct Medal, he was awarded service medals for the Second World War, Korea, Malaya and Vietnam, the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.  He died in Tokyo in1978 , where he had settled with his Japanese wife.
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Another Royal Visit Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 11 May 2014
Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, wife of Prince Constantijn and sister-in-law of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, is in Australia to attend the Fauna & Flora International, of which she is president.

 
 
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