...the Succession in Australia...
With independence, it separated from the once indivisible Imperial Crown of the British Empire and became the Australian Crown.
What we have is well known in international law. It is a "personal union." This best describes the fact that the Queen is Queen of Canada and also Queen of Australia etc.
It is important to understand that this is not a union of states, or a colonial or residual legal or constitutional relationship with or subservient to the United Kingdom.
The key word is "personal"; it is not "legal" or "constitutional."
If the law governing the succession, the Act of Settlement, 1701 is to be changed, the constitutional convention among the Realms - those 16 countries which share The Queen - is that the Realms should legislate together.
There is a specific acknowledgement of this convention in the preamble to the Statute of Westminster, 1931. This is an integral part of Australian constitutional law -it is a schedule to the Statute of Westminster Adoption Act, 1942.
There have long been suggestions that the Act of Settlement should be amended in relation to the succession of females and Catholics. At common law, males at the same level always rank before females. Under the Act, Catholics and those married to Catholics could not succeed. This was imposed by Parliament to remove the influence of the Stuarts who were trying to follow France in moving to a more absolutist moncarchy.
This would reflect modern views on these matters.
This would require legislation by all of the Realms.
Now those who claimed so vociferously claim the law of succession is so offensive that the Australian constitutional system should be rent asunder are usually being tendentious.
It is not they are in any way interested in reforming or modernising the law of succession.
Their motives are transparently obvious.
There is no evidence that any of them have done anything whatsoever to seek an amendment of the law, indeed when some of these people who claim to be so "concerned" about the discriminatory nature of the Act of Settlement have actually been in a political office where they could have initiated such a change.
In fact they have done precisely nothing, which indicates that their "concern" is not so much shallow as non- existant.
When, for example have they raised this in discussion with the other Realms?
It is not the Sovereign who is blocking change - if change is thought appropriate.
We understand that Buckingham Palace has, for example, advised that The Queen would not object to a change in the primogeniture rule which presently requires that males of the same rank succeed before females.
Change to the law of succession is in the hands of the politicians of all the Realms.
If the republican politicians were actually concerned about this, rather than using it to score points they would begin discussions within the Commonwealth on this question.
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