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ACM Home arrow Latest News and Opinions arrow Kerry Jones And David Flint Defend Constitution And Flag

Kerry Jones And David Flint Defend Constitution And Flag Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 April 2004

April 13, 2004
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the National Convenor
National Office, Sydney Australia

On the first day of the Senate Legal and Committee’s hearings on how to turn Australia into a republic, Kerry Jones and David Flint, who led the ACM’s NO case in 1999, tabled 10 questions supporters of the present constitutional system have been asking.

The Committee met in Parramatta, one of the 72% of electorates that voted NO in the referendum, to hear from mainly pro-republican speakers. No arrangements were made for members of the public to ask questions or make comments.

The ACM confirmed that supporters of the Constitution want to know why this issue had been raised less than four years after the voters had overwhelmingly rejected the republicans’ own preferred republican model.

They ask why it was proposed to divert even more millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money from schools, hospitals and security into this folly.

They want to know why there was to be no attempt to tell the people just what is so wrong with the Constitution which would justify this exercise..

Supporters also ask why, they ask, is there no one on the committee from the overwhelming majority of Australians who want to keep Australia as it is? As one of the republicans’ main media supporters has admitted, no one seriously argues that they won’t change the flag, too.

“Foreign governments and the UN accept that we have an Australian Head of State - Sir David Smith has placed before the committee all of the overwhelming legal and historical evidence that supports this conclusion. On the committee’s own terms of reference , the case for change has collapsed,” Professor David Flint told the hearing.

The submission stressed that the Founding Fathers had devised one way, and only one way, to change our Constitution-a referendum where the people get all of the details of any proposed change before they vote.

Click here for the ACM senate submission

 
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