In an interview with Professor David Flint, Australia's 25th Prime Minister John Howard explains his use of the term "Crowned Republic."
Mr. Howard was speaking after delivering the Neville Bonner Oration on 5 November, 2009 to mark the tenth anniversary of the day when Australians rejected the model for what opponents described as a “politicians republic".
This model had been overwhelmingly approved by republican delegates at the 1998 Constitutional Convention. The very well endowed republican referendum campaign was led by Mr. Malcolm Turnbull and the Leader of the Opposition Kim Beazley, and supported by two thirds of the politicians and most of the main stream media.
But on the first Affirmation Day, 6 November 1999, Australians voted No nationally, in every state (a referendum must be approved nationally and in a majority of states) as well as in 72% of electorates. The vote could not have been clearer.
...keep on voting...
Since then the republican movement has adopted the policy famously enunciated by a EU politician: " The people must keep on voting until they get it right."
Both before and since 1999, republican politicians have successfully diverted millions of dollars taxpayers funds from water, education, hospitals and other needs into this folly, including the removal of the symbols of the Australian Crown. At the same time they are either unable or unwilling to indicate what precisely they are proposing both as to the constitution and for a new flag.
The term " Crowned Republic" is used by Australia's leading constitutional monarchists, including Justice Michael Kirby, John Howard, the Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott, and Justice Ken Handley, as an appropriate synonym for the Australian Federal Commonwealth under the Crown.