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Sir William Deane Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 12 July 2001

Sir William Deane, whose term as Governor-General ended on 30 June 2001 is by any measure a most distinguished Australian. He has been alternately praised and criticised for his passion for Aboriginal reconciliation and for the plight of the disadvantaged. Unfortunately, the republican movement tried to conscript him to their cause. An extreme version of this involved some journalists effecting a form of post-modernist beatification or canonisation, which no doubt embarrassed him. To his credit, he never once came out to promote the republican cause.

It was with some surprise that the high republican newspaper, The Australian, editorised against him on two recent occasions, saying he had exceeded the constitutional limitations on his office. This is more surprising because as The Australian would know, presidents of parliamentary republics are notoriously free of the conventions which invariably apply to the Governor-General here, or in Canada, New Zealand or the United Kingdom. It makes me think, yet again, that many of our republicans just don’t understand the dangers of the fire they are playing with.

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Queen's Birthday Stunts Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 05 July 2001
In recent editions of 'Hot News' we referred to that annual event, republican stunts staged for the Queen’s Birthday weekend. Obviously a lot of effort goes into these – a pity they didn’t put the same effort into developing just one workable republican model over the last decade.

One of this year’s stunts 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.

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Republican Stunts Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 20 June 2001
The Queen’s Birthday brought out a series of republican stunts. One was the ownership of the Tom Robert’s painting, Federation. So we sent this letter to the Herald Sun, which has not yet been published, was a reaction to Premier Brack’s letter to The Queen requesting its return.
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