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The Queen: Her role in Australia Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 20 October 2011

 

As the Queen is about to come back to Australia for the 16th time in 2011, David Spears  interviews Professor David Flint national convener of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy  on the role and function of the Queen in the Australian constitutional system.  The programme, PM Agenda, was broadcast behind the national news network, Sky News on 19 October 2011

 
The Queen arrives: The importance of our constitutional monarchy Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were welcomed warmly on their 16th return to Australia in Canberra on 19 October 2011. Here ACM’s Executive Director is questioned on the reception of and place of The Queen. He points to the strong resurgence in support for the monarchy. . This was broadcast in the news program for learning the arrival of The Queen on the national TV news broadcaster, Sky News

 
The Queen arrives Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were welcomed warmly on their 16th return to Australia in Canberra on 19 October 2011. This is a report from the national TV news station, Sky News. 
 
The Queen arrives Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 20 October 2011
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were welcomed warmly on their 16th return to Australia in Canberra on 19 October. Reporting across the media reflected this. The national television networks included the arrival live into their main news broadcasts in those parts of the country which are on eastern summertime.

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[ The queen arrives - photo; Alex Coppel, News Limited )



Everywhere comment was enthusiastic and welcoming although the republican movement referred to the inappropriateness of the English German family performing formal functions in the country.

The media, much of it still inclined to republicanism but of a gentle and inevitable kind, reported the event warmly.

Typical was that of Jamie Walker (with additional reporting by Christian Kerr) in The Australian, 20/10 (“Curtseys and a courteous nod by the PM: Aussies turn on welcome fit for a Queen”)
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The Queen in Australia - memories and memorabilia Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 18 October 2011

This report on the 730 programme on ABC TV on The Queen's visit in 2011 centres on the collection of memorabilia by Cecil Ballard. This was broadcast on the ABC on 17 October 2011.

 
Royal Reunion Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
This is a report broadcast in the programme 6.30 with George Negus on Channel 10 on 17 October 2010.

 
Never stand between republicans and royalty Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Here we see an illustration of something we have been warning about for years. Never stand between republicans and royalty – even minor European royalty; otherwise you will be knocked over in the rush.

In the video we see the London-
based expatriates Queen's Counsel Geoffrey Robertson and his wife Kathy Lette. “Passionate “republicans, they  nevertheless accepted an invitation to come to Buckingham Palace to meet The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh before The Queen comes to Australia.

As respected columnist – and devout republican – Gerard Henderson points out in The Sydney Morning Herald (18/10) the two  don’t have much time for the monarchy. (Dr Henderson also doesn’t like my reference to Australia already being a republic – a “crowned republic”. I am greatly encouraged.)




...republic in retreat....





 Dr Henderson writes:

“Writing in The Sunday Age on April 17, Lette commented: ‘Mention 'the Queen' to most Australians and they presume you're talking about Elton John." She concluded by declaring, "it's time Australia had a Windsor-ectomy.’ Get it?

“In The Canberra Times on April 27, Robertson referred to’the absurdity of the constitutional arrangements which require Britain to be reigned over by a White Anglo-German Protestant monarch’ - whom he described as belonging to ‘this German family’. He also wrote that ‘the bedrock of Britain's constitution is the Act of Settlement of 1701, a blood-curdling anti-Catholic rant, which enshrines the genes and Protestant religious beliefs of Princess Sophia of Hanover in the succession to the throne’.

“Needless to say, there were no reports of any republican-inspired references to Windsor-ectomies or to German families when Lette and Robertson rocked up to the palace on Friday. Rather it was a case of ‘How frightfully pleased to meet you’ and ‘Yes ma'am’....

“There is little doubt that the republican cause is in retreat in Australia.”





...
après la comédie....



After an attempt at comedy, Ms Lette demonstrates in this video that she has little understanding of our constitutional system. She actually believes that The Queen can dismiss the Prime Minister, which indicates that she has not read The Cane Toad Republic.

It was made very clear in 1975 by the Palace that the power to commission the prime minister and to remove him or her is vested by the 1900 Constitution in the Governor-Genera   and not in The Queen.

Ms Lette argues that the British will have no regard for us until we remove the monarchy. But the regard she receives in London is unlikely to have anything to do with her being Australian.

Having accepted the hospitality of The Queen, Ms. Lette finalises the interview with a list of personal and defamatory attacks on various members of the Royal Family.

If there is another referendum, ACM should  commission her to produce an advertisement. It would attract as many votes to the constitutional monarchist as the 1999 republican one with Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser did.

 

 
Meet the Press- The Royal Visit Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 16 October 2011

Hugh Riminton, Michelle Grattan and Simon Benson question Professor David Flint about The Queen's visit and related constitutional issues.

Australia is already a republic - a Crowned Republic, Professor Flint says, predicting Australians will not remove the Crown from their constitution.

Rather he says there are real constitutional issues which should be addressed.   

This was a segment in the programme, Meet the Press, on the Ten Australian National TV network. 

 
The Queen Meets Australian Celebrities Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 15 October 2011

On the eve of her visit to Australia on the occasion of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, The Queen received a number of Australians at Buckingham Palace: a report from Channel 9 14 October 2011

 
Last Night Proms 2011 - Jerusalem, God Save The Queen & Auld Lang Syne Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 30 September 2011

Edward Gardner conducts BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus for Hubert Parrys Jerusalem and then God Save The Queen, Royal Anthem of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and other Realms, and the National Anthem of the United Kingdom.

This is during the Last Night of the Proms 2011; the enthusiastic & lively audience at the Royal Albert Hall, and nationwide at the Proms in the Park events, then bring proceedings to a close with Auld Lang Syne.

 
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