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ACM Home arrow Convenor's Column arrow Keating is the anachronism, not the monarchy

Keating is the anachronism, not the monarchy Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 22 October 2011
This was the headline in the featured part of the letters page, “Talking Point” in The Australian on 22 October 2011, the day following the publication of an extract from Mr Keating's latest book of speeches and recollections. This was reported here in the column  Queen tells Keating to wash up.”

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 In it Mr Keating had described how he had lectured  The Queen on history and geography and then tell her Australians regarded the Crown as an anachronism.The general view of the letter writers was, just as the headline says " Keating is the anachronism, not the monarchy”  

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IN the extract from Paul Keating's book, he writes: "I had come from Australia on the unpleasant errand to tell her (the Queen) . . . that we did not need her any more" (21/10).

This was in September 1993, at the outset of the republic debate, almost five and a half years before the Constitutional Convention and over six years before the referendum in which a majority of Australians effectively rejected Keating's model for a republic in favour of the status quo.I ask you, on what authority did Keating so address the Queen?

All this must be remembered as evidence of why Australia should not become a republic and elect a president -- we might be lumbered with someone bearing the hubris of Keating.

D. J. Goodsir Cullen, Neutral Bay, NSW

THE extract from Paul Keating's book demonstrates two things. First, that despite his posing as a connoissieur of fine things, his description of the Victoria and Albert Room at Balmoral is on a par with the spiel of a pretentious second-hand furniture salesman in an auction house.

That would seem to be the level of his knowledge of fine furnishings.The second thing is the unbridled narcissism of this superannuated former PM, as shown by his over-use of the first person pronoun.If an anachronism is something that is well past its use-by date and irrelevant, then it's Keating, not Queen Elizabeth, who is the anachronism.

John McCarthy, Pearce, ACT

TWO things struck me about the interesting extract from Paul Keating's book ("How I told the Queen we did not need her anymore", 21/10). First, his gift for recalling conversations that took place in 1993.

I hope he was not wired up to a tape recorder. Perhaps he made notes after the whisky and the barbecue. Otherwise, it must be admitted Keating has a remarkable memory.Second, the photo of Keating in his office shows a fastidious poseur surrounded by antiques but not a single 18th-century French clock in sight.

I notice that everything is arranged in an obsessively neat way. Keating should get a bit of clutter in his office to show he's busy.

Carolyn Haywood, Glenelg, SA

I WAS fascinated by the anachronistic objets d'art decorating Paul Keating's office. It takes one to know one.

I was also fascinated by Keating's claim that in rejecting our constitutional monarchy, he was speaking not just for himself but for the Australian people.

Of course, when those people were finally given their say on the issue, a majority in every state voted to retain our present system, which has worked so well for so long.

Roslyn Phillips, Tea Tree Gully, SA

THE extracts from Paul Keating's new book contain details of a private conversation while he was a guest at Balmoral, and are published when the Queen is in Australia. One does not need to be a royalist to consider this inappropriate.She is quoted as saying her family has always tried to do their best for Australia.

Is there anyone who would doubt this is the case? Why sour her memories of a country she has visited so many times?

Henry R. R. Glennie, Cairns, Qld

THE only anachronism, Paul Keating, is you.

A sad old man refusing to realise that he is irrelevant in today's political world and really believing that Australians are even remotely interested in what he has to say.

The majority of Australians apparently still oppose a republic. You were wrong in 1993 and you still are.

Mac Bignell, Morpeth, NSW

PAUL Keating's political career came to an abrupt end in 1996 when voters made it very clear they didn't need him anymore.

In the 1999 referendum, 54.72 per cent of voters rejected the republic.

The numbers have spoken.

William S. Lloyd, Denistone, NSW  

 
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