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First Federal Parliament opened Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 09 May 2014
The Crown has been at the centre of this nation's history, as shown in this painting by Tom Roberts, Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by H.R.H. The Duke of Cornwall and York (Later King George V), 9 May, 1901.
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Capital moves to Canberra, Parliament House opened Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 08 May 2014

Today is the 87th anniversary of the opening of what is now known as Old Parliament House in Canberra by the Duke of York, later King George VI on 9 May, 1927.

With that, the capital moved from Melbourne to Canberra.

The Sovereign is an integral part of all Australian Parliaments, so it was highly appropriate that the future King perform this function. Today is also the 23rd anniversary of the opening of New Parliament House by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, The Queen of Australia and the opening of the first Federal Parliament in 1901 by her grandfather later King George V.



The first Commonwealth Parliament was opened in the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on 9 May 1901 by the Duke of Cornwall and York, later King George V. The Parliament sat in Melbourne for 26 years using the Parliament House. The Parliament of Victoria met in the Exhibition Building during this period.

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[ The Duke and Duchess of York arrive at Parliament House, Canberra, 9 May 1927, National Archives of Australia A3560, A3058 ]


The Constitution provided that the seat of Government was to be in New South Wales but not within 100 miles of Sydney. TheFederal Capital Territory was established on 1 January 1911. A competition for the design of the new capital was won by the American architect Walter Burley Griffin. 

 The provisional Parliament House was opened on 9 May 1927 by the Duke of York, later King George VI. Parliament met there for 61 years until the new Parliament House was opened by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II , The Queen of Australia on 9 May 1988, 61 years later to the day. 



...curator's description....




The Curator’s clip description by Elizabeth Taggart-Speers from the National Film and Sound Archive states that the video shows the Duke of York officially opening Parliament House in 1927, which is now Old Parliament House.  

“A statue of King George V is then unveiled in the foyer and the senators leave for the first ever sitting in the Senate Chamber.”

 “This newsreel clip was produced to inform the Australian public of the official opening of Parliament House. Several cameras were used, enabling them to capture the events outside as well as inside the foyer. As it is a silent newsreel, intertitles have been used to explain was we are about to see as well as to link the segments together."

" The negative of this film was flown to Sydney for processing immediately after the ceremony, arriving at Mascot 90 minutes later. It would have been screened in cinemas within the week,” Ms. Taggart-Speers says. 

 

....Burley Griffin, Dame Nellie Melba...

 

 
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Records broken Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014
ACM's internet presence is breaking all records. Our Facebook page reached a record 465,000 plus in the week ending 1 May, 2014 with over 52,000 of them classified by Facebook as engaged*.

Fans or ''likes" rose to over 46,000.

18% of our ACM fans are under 18, 39% are under 25, and 51% are under 35.

The ratio of male to female fans  is 52:48 compared with all Facebook of 54:46.

Our fans come overwhelmingly from Australia (41,803), the next three countries being the USA (683) the UK (549) and India (175).

Of similar Facebook pages dedicated to the advocacy of constitutional monarchy, this appears to be the most visited, and the one with the largest number of fans and  the greatest reach in the world.


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In the meantime, ACM also runs two successful internet sites, our principal site and an educational site, as well as a Twitter account and two YouTube sites with over 2.8 million views.

In the year to date there were 9,695,070 hits on our principal site www.norepublic.com.au with 4,349.179 page views and 679,397 visits.

This site appears to be the most visited constitutional monarchist advocacy site in the world.

In addition, there were 675,338 hits on our educational site www.crownedrepublic.com.au, with 554,070 page views and 136,066 visits.

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Battle of the Coral Sea 4-8 May 1942 Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 04 May 2014

The Battle of the Coral Sea, fought during 4–8 May 1942, was a major naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II between the Imperial Japanese Navy and naval and air forces from the United States and Australia.

At that time Japanese occupied a vast area  from the Kuriles in the North down  through the Marshall Islands to New Britain, then westwards to Java, Sumatra, the Andaman Islands, and Burma, including Hong Kong the Philippines, vast parts of China, modern Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

The British had not yet launched the Burma campaigns under Field Marshal William Joseph "Bill" Slim, 1st Viscount Slim subsequently Governor-General of Australia.
  



 
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Queen's Birthday function - Tasmania Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 02 May 2014

Luncheon to mark the birthday of Her Majesty The Queen.

Venue: Lenah Valley RSLA Club.
Date: Tuesday 17th June 2014, noon for 12:30pm
Dress: Lounge suit or uniform.
Cost: $30 per person. 2 Main Courses and 2 sweets, tea, coffee and mints.

Drinks available from the bar.

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The Hon. P.G. Underwood AC, Governor of Tasmania, and Mrs Underwood will be in attendance.

RSVP. The Secretary the Council of United Commonwealth Societies of Tasmania. (CUCS)
21 Constance Avenue, Glenorchy. Tasmanian 7010

Inquiries phone: Reg Watson 0409 975 587

ACM in Tasmania is a Member of CUCS.

 
Queen's Birthday function - Tasmania Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 02 May 2014

Luncheon to mark the birthday of Her Majesty The Queen.

Venue: Lenah Valley RSLA Club.
Date: Tuesday 17th June 2014, noon for 12:30pm
Dress: Lounge suit or uniform.
Cost: $30 per person. 2 Main Courses and 2 sweets, tea, coffee and mints.

Drinks available from the bar.

The Hon. P.G. Underwood AC, Governor of Tasmania, and Mrs Underwood will be in attendance.

RSVP. The Secretary the Council of United Commonwealth Societies of Tasmania. (CUCS)
21 Constance Avenue, Glenorchy. Tasmanian 7010

Inquiries phone: Reg Watson 0409 975 587

ACM in Tasmania is a Member of CUCS.

 
Bob Carr's silver bullet Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Friday, 02 May 2014

Bob Carr has revealed himself in The Australian  2 May 2014 as a true Turnbullian republican. (Don't miss the punch line below) The silver bullet to get a politicians republic is very easy, according to Bob. All you do is you put the same model people overwhelmingly rejected in 1999. You do what Malcolm Turnbull proposed before Kerry Jones and I made our proposal. Malcolm wanted to words deleted from the question: "President" and, believe it or not, "republic".

Bob actually thinks that if you did this the Australian people would be so stupid as not to see the attempt to hoodwink them.

Be assured, Bob, ACM for one will be telling them what you're up to. (No doubt the other three monarchist organisations will be doing the same. This will be another united front just as we had at the convention).

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...coalition republican leader?...


And how will this be achieved? Someone from the Coalition rather than Labor. Why, he laments, didn't John Howard do this? The answer Bob is that he honoured his oath of allegiance and believed it constitutional system and the role of the Crown in it. Just as the founder of the Lliberal Party Robert Gordon Menzies did.

So who has Bob in mind to promote a republic? He doesn't say so, but is he suggesting that the future conservative leader who will make Australia a republic is none other than the Member for Wentworth?

By the way, Bob  rejects Bob Hawke's view that the next reign will result in a politicians' republic falling into the pollies laps. '

He quite likes Prince Charles who  would make a "good monarch." He says he makes his republicanism wobble. "Who would we elected in his  place? A general? A tennis star? "  .

How about some of those who have appeared before ICAC?

 

 

 
Gerry Adams, 1999 Yes campaigner, arrested Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 01 May 2014

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, who famously  campaigned  for the Yes case in the 1999 Australian republican referendum, was sensationally arrested last night over the murder of a widowed mother of ten who was abducted from her home during the ''Troubles'' more than 40 years ago.

At the time of the referendum, ACM called on the ARM to distance themselves from Adams, the only prominent foreigner in the campaign after the IRA had murdered two young Australians in the Netherlands. This is summarized in our report, ''Why republicans should have said No to Gerry Adams.''

According to the Daily Mail, the 65-year-old Adams had for decades dodged difficult questions about his alleged terrorist past. He was detained by detectives investigating the murder of Jean McConville - abducted and killed by the Provisional IRA in 1972 and later buried on a beach in the Republic of Ireland

 


 
The Hon Barry O'Keefe AM QC [1935 - 2014] Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 26 April 2014

Former Supreme Court judge, the Hon Barry O'Keefe AM QC, a founder and Patron of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, has passed away in Sydney. His funeral will be held in St Mary's Cathedral Sydney on Friday 2 May 2014 at 11:00 am.

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He was one of a small group of patriots who came together to defend the Crown when it was under attack in the nineties. With the Rt Hon Sir Harry Gibbs, Justice Lloyd Waddy, Neville Bonner AO, Dame Leonie Kramer, Justice Michael Kirby, Alderman Doug Sutherland AM, Lord Mayor of Sydney, Sir John Atwill, Dr Margaret Olley ,The Hon Helen Sham-Ho MLC and others they formed Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.

His was a lifetime of service to the community in a number of significant ways. A devout Catholic, he was a considerable lawyer and a gentleman who honoured his Oath of Allegiance by his strong support and defence of the role and function of the Australian Crown.

A highly accomplished barrister, arbitrator, he was called to the NSW Bar in 1957.

Appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1974 he acted for the Federal and NSW governments in a number of leading cases, and also for Her Majesty's Crown Agents in the United Kingdom

Appointed a Supreme Court Judge in 1993, he was made  Chief Judge of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of NSW and an Additional Judge of the Court of Appeal.

From 1994 to 1999 he was the Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

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St. George's Day Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014

On St. George's Day, we congratulate Prince George on his Saint's Name Day.

In some countries the Saint's Name Day is of greater importance than the actual birthday.

 
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