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Prince William in Australia
Welcome to Prince 'nauseating' says leading republican Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 03 February 2010

The fact that the second in line to the throne, Prince William, is is a very likeable young man, and has dedicated his life to service ensured that his visit to Australia would be a great success.

All of this has curiously come as a surprise to the doyen of republican academicians, Professor Greg Craven, Vice Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University.  Professor Craven, whom I once described as Australia's answer to the Marquis de Talleyrand,  is clearly upset by Australians' welcome to the Prince.  As are a number of republicans, a small and diminishing band in Australia. 

In “Celebrity monarchs rule” in The Australian Financial Review on 1 February 2010, he registers his outrage with his fellow Australians.

Could there be, he asks, anything as “nauseating” as the interest of “ an entire continent lying on its back to have its tummy tickled” by Prince William?


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[ Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord ]






...Australians condemned as " constitutional sl*ts"...




He concludes that Australians are a nation of “constitutional sl*ts."  Really? If he is talking about "passionate" republicans being interested in royalty, surely Professor Craven is aware of the phenomenon we warn our supporters about.  This is never to stand between republicans and visiting royalty, even minor European royalty - otherwise you'll risk being knocked over in the rush.  



 “In a laid back way we will bag the pommy monarchy in pubs and picnics,” Professor Craven claims, although I have never once heard such bagging in pubs “but at the first sign of a princely grin, lie back and think of England.”



This reminds me of the  words of  celebrated communist playwright
Bertolt Brecht, who  wrote  in the poem Die Lösung (The Solution) that when the East Germans could take no more from their communist masters and rose up in  1953,  “ the people had thrown away the confidence of the government.”

He asked “.... would it not be easier.. for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?




...Australia's Talleyrand?....




Professor Craven, an eminent constitutional lawyer and university vice chancellor,  is a man who is not ashamed to change his mind or adopt new ideas. During the referendum I was involved in a debate with him in Perth where the republican team included the Federal Attorney General, Daryl Williams QC and Senator Stott Despoja.

I was with the former Governor-General Bill Hayden and former minister andformer  Perth Lord Mayor, Reg Withers.  By that time, Professor Craven had changed from being a strongly committed constitutional monarchist to becoming a supporter of the “least-worst “model proposed by Dick McGarvie and then, to a supporter of the Keating Turnbull model.

So in the debate I mischievously described him as the Australian answer to the Marquis de Talleyrand.

(Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, an aristocrat in holy orders, served in succession the doomed King Louis XVI, various republican regimes during the Reign of Terror, the Emperor Napoleon I, the restored King Louis XVIII and  after the revolution against that King, the “bourgeois” monarch  Louis-Philippe.)

 Rather than being indignant, Professor Craven took my criticism as praise. He continues to embrace ways and means of obtaining republic - provided always that it be conservative.

But from this visit he must know the Australian people are not going to reject the Crown.They are just not interested in a politicians' republic.  So why does he expect  Australians to treat our Royal Family with disdain?
 
 
Prince William: Unpublished Photographs from the Barbecue Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 01 February 2010

These rare photographs begin with a shot of the Prince's table and other photographs of the barbecue given by Premier Kristina Keneally in the Royal Botannic Gardens on Prince William's second day in Sydney, 21 January 2010.   it seems that none of these have been published until now . The photographer is Benjamin Townsend.

The video clip from Channel 9 shows scenes from the barbecue. You can see the Prince's table, and a shot at the harbour front which includes Thomas Flynn.

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[The Prince's Table, left to right: Ian Thorpe, Prince William, Premier Kristina Keneally, Jai Martinkovits, Major.Lowther-Pinkerton]

 

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[ Prince William]

 

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[Prince William and Premier Keneally]

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[ Prince William speaks]

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[ Prince William with the Premier and young people ]

 

 
Prince William in Australia: A Lifelong Dream Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 01 February 2010

Prince William has told Australians that visiting their country is the realisation of a lifelong dream, reported Sarah Hughes, UK Sky TV’s Royal Correspondent (21/1). In a speech at the celebrations in Melbourne for  Australia Day celebrations, Prince William said that he had heard from his family about "the wonders of Australia" as far back as he could remember.

"My father had such a great time here at school - and is still misty-eyed about an immortal moment on Bondi, when an Australian beauty planted a smacker on his cheek," he said

"It's good to see this tradition is continuing!"

"I also remember my mother coming back from her time here in 1996, telling me what a profound impression this country had made on her, and how much she loved Australia.

"Three days here and now I know why.

"And of course, there's that other guy with the ginger hair - who just never ever stops banging on about you, and how I haven't lived because I haven't been to Australia … blah, blah, blah."

Sky TV included an extract of the Prince's speech on its web site which is accessed by its vast worldwide audience.

Earlier, the Prince visited communities devastated by last year's bushfires and heard stories of tragedy and courage.

It is almost a year since Black Saturday - when the worst bushfires in Australian history raged across the state of Victoria. Some 173 people lost their lives and 2,000 homes were destroyed. It was clear thta his visit, and his evident concern was very much appreciated.

The Prince wrapped up his day, and his time down under, with an evening at the Australian Open where he was given a standing ovation as he watched Roger Federer beat Romanian Victor Hanescu.

Reported to her British and worldwide Sky TV audience, Ms Hughes assessed this visit to Australia:

 “His first official overseas tour has been judged a big success. William has charmed Australia and Australia has enchanted him”.

"If I may," he said, "I'll be back." 
 
Prince William's Australian Visit : Fulfilling A 'Lifelong Dream' Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 30 January 2010

Prince William has told Australians that visiting their country is the realisation of a lifelong dream, reported Sarah Hughes, UK Sky TVs Royal Correspondent (21/1). In a speech at the celebrations in Melbourne for Australia Day celebrations, Prince William said that he had heard from his family about "the wonders of Australia" as far back as he could remember.

"I also remember my mother coming back from her time here in 1996, telling me what a profound impression this country had made on her, and how much she loved Australia.

"Three days here and now I know why.

"And of course, there's that other guy with the ginger hair - who just never ever stops banging on about you, and how I haven't lived because I haven't been to Australia blah, blah, blah."

 
Jai Martinkovits tells the ABC why he supports our constitutional monarchy Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 28 January 2010

I have no idea whether I want Australia to become a republic or stay a constitutional monarchy, says Luke Harris on the ABC’s Hungry Beast.  “Actually, scratch that, I do want Australia to become a republic, but I don't know if I can be stuffed going through the bother of it all. I'd much rather sit back, have a cup of tea, and endure the Queen's annual message with family at Christmas. - I guess you could call me an occasional republican. A Sunday republican.”

“As the excitement in the media surrounding Prince William's visit to Australia reached a fever pitch,” he continued “ I found feelings for the monarchy welling up, from a place deep inside I never knew I had. I started to think that I might be a monarchist - my head saying no, but my heart saying yes. So what am I really? A closet monarchist? A compromised republican? Speaking words of republican solidarity while hiding secret feelings for an oligarchy?”

“I found myself back where the poll said I'd be - unsure. So I decided to try and establish a spectrum - figure out the two sides of the coin, draw a line between it, and possibly have a slightly better idea of where I stand. I wrote to two public figures in this debate..(and) ... asked them their top three reasons for a republic or a monarchy respectively...”

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Here’s what Jai Martinkovits, spokesman for Young ACM, said:

“1. The Crown is our oldest institution, central to the constitution, and has served us extremely well.

2. Our crowned republic provides leadership beyond politics, important not so much for the power that it wields, but the power that it denies to others.

3. Australia is already a completely independent nation, with all constitutional ties to Britain already cut. The Queen is indeed the Queen of Australia, and happens to be shared with the other realms - a multicultural crown.”

 
 
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