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Prince Charles, (Charles Philip Arthur George)  The Prince of Wales, KG KT GCB OM AK QSO CD SOM GCL PC AdC(P) FRS was born on 14 November 1948.

As the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, he  is the heir apparent to sixteen Realms including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Since 1958, his principal title has been HRH The Prince of Wales. In Scotland he is additionally known as The Duke of Rothesay. Prince Charles was educated at Cheam and Gordonstoun Schools, which his father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had attended as a child. He spent two terms at the Timbertop campus of Geelong Grammar in Australia.

On being awarded a bachelor of arts degree from Trinity College, Cambridge, Prince Charles served with the Royal Navy from  1971 to 76. He married Lady Diana Spencer before an enormous worldwide television audience in 1981. They had two sons, Prince William of Wales in 1982 and Prince Harry of Wales in 1984. The marriage was dissolved in in 1996.

Diana, Princess of Wales died in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997.

In 2005,  the Prince married Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Apart from his education in 1967, Prince Charles has often been in Australia, in particular in
 1970, 1974, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1988, 1994 1996 and  2005



..remarkable charity work...




 The prince is well-known for his charity work and sponsors The Prince's Trust, The Prince's Regeneration Trust, and the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment, among other charities.

ACM has long been indicating something newsworthy not much mentioned in the media - in a typical year he raises around  one quarter of a billion dollars (A$1 billion) for charity.

He has been outspoken concerning architecture and the conservation of old buildings and has produced a book on the subject called A Vision of Britain (1989). He has also promoted herbal and other alternative medical treatment.
 

Leading republican extols monarchy - approval of reign of Prince Charles Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 16 May 2011

 On The Bolt Report on Channel 10 (15 May 2011, Andrew Bolt interviewed former Federal Liberal Treasurer Peter Costello who campaigned for the 1999 republican model  and former NSW Labor Treasurer Michael Costa.

In this extract the panel first considered a  report in the Sunday Telegraph and other  News Limited papers that Mr. Tim Mathieson wanted to ask his partner,  Prime Minister Julia Gillard, to marry him but had not yet asked her. Both had attended the Royal Wedding.


...Prince Charles' succession approved at PM's Lodge....

 

The report quoted Mr. Mathieson as saying that "having met Prince Charles, I'd be quite happy with him being head of state of Australia, defininitely.

" I was really struck by how normal he is."



...Mr. Costello - republicanism an aberration?...



The big question for Australian monarchists is not who is marrying whom in political circles.

It is whether Liberal grandee, Mr. Peter Costello, is coming back home to his once great allegiance, the constitutional monarchy?

 

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, defends press freedom Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 14 May 2011
It was the first report on a speech given by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, that I can recall reported in the press.

She impressed her audience both as to the content of her speech and the professional style in which she delivered it. This was a serious comment, and on  a crucial issue.  




John Bingham, in a particularly incisive report in the London Daily Telegraph (11/5), referred to her speech “as a surprise intervention”.  It was, he said, set against the backdrop of the debate over privacy and the courts.  

The Duchesse said that she “passionately” believed in freedom of expression and insisted that no aspect of society should be free from scrutiny.

The right to "question, debate and criticise" everything should be a matter of national pride, she added.




..political correctness...




Interestingly, she warned that political correctness restricted free reporting. She described it as a “severe a form of censorship as any”.

"I believe freedom of expression, so long as it doesn’t contravene the law, or offend others, to be at the heart of our democratic system.

“In this, you play a vital, if not pivotal role,” she told the British press - who have often been most unkind to her.

She continued: “Just one note of caution: in our right to speak freely, please let us not become too politically correct, because surely political correctness is as severe a form of censorship as any.”

The Duchess referred to the  British sense of humour as “ridiculous, and cutting, naughty and incisive, affectionate and subversive” but criticized a recent tendency to publicise “cruel jokes”.

Mr. Bingham said her comments are timely amid renewed scrutiny over Britain’s de facto privacy laws.

He is absolutely correct on that.




...privacy and freedom of the press...



 In his excellent report, Mr. Bingham pointed out that her comments came a day after a landmark European Court of Human Rights ruling which threw out an attempt by Max Mosley, the former motor racing boss, to introduce new restrictions on the press to protect privacy.

Mr Mosley, whose taste for sadomasochistic sessions with prostitutes was exposed by a Sunday tabloid, wanted the court to force the media to warn the subjects of exposés in advance, Mr. Bingham  reported.
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Prince Charles' accession will not deliver republic, declares leading republican Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 08 May 2011

You could not find a more committed republican in Australia than former NSW Premier, the Hon. Bob Carr.

ACM crossed swords with him over his 1996 decision to expel the Governors of the State from Government House, Sydney, calling a peaceful demonstration of over 20,000 people against this outside Parliament.

This is by far the  largest demonstration ever held in Australia about the monarchy-republic debate.

His advice to republicans that the end of the reign is not going to be a silver bullet which causes some politicians' republic to fall into their laps will surprise many republicans.

The Prime Minister and the former Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull argue that moves to a republic should be put off until the end of the reign.

Mr. Carr told the ABC Q&A programme on 28 April, 2011:

"But I question the republican hope that with her passing there will be a shift in opinion in Australia. I think that's been expressed so often it's now beginning to grate a bit and it deserves more examination. I think Charles' succession to the throne will probably lead to a surge of additional dynastic fervour and attachment. I think the republican job will continue to be hard in Australia.

 
Republican calls for a reappraisal of Prince Charles Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 23 April 2011
A prominent republican has warned against personal attacks on the Royal Family. In particular he has called for a reappraisal of their assessment of Prince Charles.


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To many republicans, Prince Charles’ accession  is seen as their silver bullet. This won’t be, for reasons which I explain below.

Personal republicans attacks were intense during the referendum campaign, and afterwards. They didn’t stop with the Royal Family; constitutional monarchists in certain  professions were singled out for particular treatment.

 But not all republicans are playing the royal man rather than the constitutional ball, writes David Ritter in The Australian (23/4).

But, he says, some republicans do seem to think ridicule is essential to winning the hearts and minds of their compatriots.David Ritter is Head of Biodiversity Campaigns at Greenpeace UK in London. 

One of  Australia's leading indigenous land rights lawyers,  his most recent book is Contesting Native Title (Allen & Unwin, 2009).




...benefit of non-partisan moral leadership...


    A republican, he does concede that  there is social benefit in having recognised sources of non-partisan moral leadership.

Now of all the members of the Royal family, Australian republicans have singled out Prince Charles for vituperation.

That’s because the strategy of many, especially the republican politicians, is that with his accession some sort of republic will fall like a ripe fruit into their laps.Dream on, comrades. Getting a republic is not like being eligible for your very generous taxpayer funded superannuation.

It doesn’t work like that.You have to persuade the people that the precise details of your proposal are, as our Founders put it,  “desirable, irresistible and inevitable”

And since they haven’t been able to work out even a rough outline of what they want you have just not reached first base.

Australia’s republicans have not proved to be the world’s best strategists or tacticians.

With everything going for them in 1999, they managed to lose every state and 72% of electorates.

Then there was the Mate for a Head of State. That was so excruciatingly embarrassing that it was hard not to feel sorry for the blighters.    "Australian republicans could do worse than take a fresh look at the much maligned Prince Charles," writes David Ritter.


  (Continued below)

 

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Prince Charles attends service for Christchurch earthquake Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 28 March 2011

Prince Charles led mourners at a service on 27 March 20100 in Westminster Abbey for those who suffered and to remember those who died in the NZ earthquake.

This was broadcast by the 24 hour news service Sky News.

 
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