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Only The Queen understands Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 30 December 2013

Professor Philip Murphy’s book  "Monarchy and the End of Empire'' – is ''by a country mile the most important and well-informed to have been written about the contemporary British monarchy...''  writes Peter Oborne in the London Daily Telegraph on 27 December 2013 ''Only the Queen understands the true value of the Commonwealth''.

You can order this substantial hardback  book published by Oxford University Press through the Book Depository. The  price is discounted by  10%, with free delivery and no tax, and also providing  a commission  to ACM. Just click here.

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Professor Murphy  says the record  suggests that The Queen may well be better informed and be more abreast of the time than her ministers.

'' Look at her record: against Suez; in favour of Macmillan; against arms sales to South Africa; for sanctions against apartheid. A personal record of wise but deft interventions in foreign affairs.

''She is pro-British, but does not think that means being slavishly European or Atlanticist.

''She understands the relevance of ancient history to modern foreign policy.

''She knows a multitude of world leaders.

His ultimate challenge is this: ''Here’s a thought: could it be that the Queen, and the Commonwealth she heads, is a far greater foreign policy asset to Britain than all recent foreign secretaries and prime ministers put together?''

 

 

 
Only The Queen understands Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 30 December 2013

Professor Philip Murphy’s book  "Monarchy and the End of Empire'' – is ''by a country mile the most important and well-informed to have been written about the contemporary British monarchy...''  writes Peter Oborne in the London Daily Telegraph on 27 December 2013 ''Only the Queen understands the true value of the Commonwealth''.

You can order this substantial hardback  book published by Oxford University Press through the Book Depository. The  price is discounted by  10%, with free delivery and no tax, and also providing  a commission  to ACM. Just click here.

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Professor Murphy  says the record  suggests that The Queen may well be better informed and be more abreast of the time than her ministers.

'' Look at her record: against Suez; in favour of Macmillan; against arms sales to South Africa; for sanctions against apartheid. A personal record of wise but deft interventions in foreign affairs.

''She is pro-British, but does not think that means being slavishly European or Atlanticist.

''She understands the relevance of ancient history to modern foreign policy.

''She knows a multitude of world leaders.

His ultimate challenge is this: ''Here’s a thought: could it be that the Queen, and the Commonwealth she heads, is a far greater foreign policy asset to Britain than all recent foreign secretaries and prime ministers put together?''

 

 

 
Republicans still not willing to do the hard work Print E-mail
Written by Thomas Flynn   
Friday, 25 March 2011

A few weeks before the federal election on 15th July 2010, Julia Gillard addressed the National Press Club in Canberra. In response to a question about republicanism she said (amongst other things) that the lack of enthusiasm for a republic in 1999 was due to the fact that the issue was being pushed by people like her. Australians, she said, responded badly to this elite push.

The Prime Minister pointed out that her own seat of Lalor voted No. "So we would need to see that community activism come forward in order to create the kind of environment where a republic referendum would be able to be successfully concluded."

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National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula , Canberra Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 04 January 2011

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Change the flag to.... I don't know what :Ray Martin Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 25 January 2010

 TV presenter Ray Martin says he objects “to having the British flag in the corner of our flag.  The flag, like the link to Britain through the constitution, will disappear. “

But all constitutional links to Britain ended in 1986. Those links only lasted until then not because the British wanted them but because state governments from all sides trusted the British more than they did Federal politicians.

Martin has no idea what the new flag should be but thought an Aboriginal connection was important. As with the republican movement, he is more concerned with getting rid of our heritage then with what is to replace it.  

In a move likely to alienate his former audiences, he is joining the Ausflag board along with republicans Janet Holmes a‘Court and  Philip Adams.  The republican movement now tries to hide its plans to change the flag, preferring to try to change the constitution first.

According to Alan Howe in The Herald Sun, (“Time to change 'colonial' Australian flag - Ray Martin” 25 January) Martin’s campaign comes as Labour Party sources confirmed the Rudd Government, if re-elected later this year, will hold a referendum on a republic.  The republic debate, he says, was rekindled last week with the rapturous response to Prince William's visit to Australia.

 

Martin was surprised by the reaction to Prince William, but adamant Australia would one day become a republic. He said the flag “will fade out with that generation of Australians who grew up with the flag and love the flag. I just don’t think we should have to wait that long. Why do we have to wait another 50 years?”

Not only is Martin’s understanding of the constitution shaky, he clearly has not watched the way young people have taken the flag to their hearts

 
Prince William: ACM comment before he landed in Sydney Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 24 January 2010

From early in the morningon 21 January before Prince William arrived in Sydney Professor David Flint (National Convenor), Jai Martinkovits ( Young ACM spokesman)  Thomas Flynn ( Executive director) and Brett Hogan( Victorian Convenor) were available for comment.

This began with this voice interview with Professor Flint on Channel 10 at 7.10am.  He explained why the visit is important and why passing the Crown direct to Princ eWilliam would not occur.

 
Reforming the Constitution Print E-mail
Written by the Parliamentary Committee staff   
Monday, 28 April 2008

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Roundtable Discussion:

‘Reforming the Constitution’

Date: Thursday 1 May 2008 | Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Venue: Committee Room 1R4, Parliament House, Canberra

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs is holding a roundtable on constitutional reform in Australia with specialists in the area. The general aim of the roundtable is to explore the current debates surrounding constitutional reform, with a view to assisting the Committee in assessing the priority and feasibility of change in key areas. Issues to be discussed include:

the process for amending the constitution

federal-state relations

citizenship

election terms and

the inclusion of a preamble.

As well as the Committee Members, participants will include:

Professor Larissa Behrendt

Mr Peter Black

Professor Tony Blackshield

Professor Hilary Charlesworth

Professor Greg Craven

Professor David Flint

Mr Peter Hanks QC

Professor The Honourable Michael Lavarch

Professor Kim Rubenstein

Professor Cheryl Saunders

Ms Khatija Thomas

Ms Anne Twomey

Professor George Williams

Professor Leslie Zines

Members of the public are welcome to listen to the roundtable discussions, which will be broadcast on FM 97.1 in Parliament House and via webcast on the APH website: http://webcast.aph.gov.au/livebroadcasting/

More information, including a program for the day, is available from the Committee’s website:

www.aph.gov.au/laca/reformcon.htm

 

 
Once more unto the breach,... Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 11 February 2007
ACM supporters are fully behind the “Return the Governor to Government House” campaign, if the enthusiasm demonstrated at the launch on 9 February, 2007 is any indication.  The campaign brochure is now being distributed across the state.  (You can download it from the ACM site, www.norepublic.com.au – just click on the photo of Government House on the home page.)  Because the New South Wales example has proved so costly and so unpopular, proposals in other states to evict their governors have been so far resisted.  But Australians in other states should not think that this issue does not affect them.  The eviction represents an assault on that significant check and balance in our constitutional system, the Australian Crown.

 

 

The ABC, commercial radio and The Sydney Morning Herald interviewed us about the campaign.  The ABC ran the story in several news bulletins throughout the following day.  Some emphasized the attack on the constitution, others the increased cost, and others that many eminent people in country NSW could not be considered for appointment. On 10 February, 2007, The Sydney Morning Herald reported the campaign both in its news columns –a side piece on page 5, and in an opinion piece by Tony Stephens, “The hidden hand of Her Majesty.”  In response to Mr. Stephen’s question about the commemorations of the 55th anniversary of the Accession, I mentioned  services at St Peter’s, Cremorne, St James and St Stephens, Sydney and others around the country.  I also spoke of the function organized by the Royal Commonwealth Society after the service at St. James, and a lunch at the Union Club in Sydney.  I was at pains to stress that the lunch had been offered by the Australian Monarchist League, and I am delighted that this fact was reported.

 

 

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The Queen-Honour and Respect Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 30 April 2006
 

There can be no doubt that The Queen is held in great respect by the rank and file Australian. Those who denigrate her -the Mike Carltons, Leo Schofields, Meredith Burgmanns ( Dr. Meredith Burgmann is President of the NSW Legislative Council)- are in a tiny minority. We included in this column on 18 April,2006 a powerful eyewitness account of the respect and admiration shown by the 80,000 crowd at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. This could leave no one in any doubt as to how Australians feel .

And now the recent TV programme on 23 April, 2006 about Rolf Harris and his painting of The Queen attracted a record nationwide TV audience of 1.28 million. This was the largest audience for this slot this year, and larger than any ABC audience for any programme in the preceding week.

Last year, on 12 April 2005 , this column reported that, against the predictions of the commentariat and the attempts of the republicans to denigrate them, an enormous nationwide TV audience had watched the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla. This was early on Sunday morning when most Australians are usually in bed or they are not at home.

Now we know that internet and phone- in polls do not seriously claim that they can accurately assess the views of the population. But a very strong poll one way or the other is difficult to ignore. A poll (21/4) on SKY NEWS coinciding with The Queen’s Birthday remained solidly in favour of the Australian Monarchy with 70% of participants saying yes to the question "Will the Australian Monarchy stay beyond the Queen?"

Even republicans now say that there can be no republic during the present reign. Some people do not seem to understand that one reign passes seamlessly into another. After all, we are not a republic!

 
Our Queen, At 80 Print E-mail
Written by Daniel P Dykes   
Saturday, 22 April 2006

As we continue to celebrate the 80th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen, Buckingham Palace has released a new photographic portrait to mark the splendid occasion.

 

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Queen Elizabeth II (Snowdon/Camera Press)

The photograph is available for download from Her Majesty's official site. A tribue to the Queen's 80th birthday can also be found, which includes numerous other pictures of the celebrations and links to video footage of the celebrations, including a tribute from HRH The Prince Charles.

 
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