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Royal Visit 2011- National mood, keep the monarchy Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 21 October 2011

Remember John Cleese in the parrot shop. Trying to sell a stuffed parrot , the shopkeeper pronounces those immortal words, "The parrot's not dead. He's only resting "

The remnants of the republican movement are saying: "The Republic's not dead. It's only resting". So, apart from some in the commentariat, the republic has not been much of an issue in this royal visit.

How wonderful it was that Roy Morgan Research demonstrated that support for change to a politicians' republic had fallen to the 30 percentile bracket. And still falling.

But self-described "avowed" republican ( the word used to be "passionate") Chris Kenny will have none of this. The former chief of staff to Malcolm Turnbull raise the issue in Saturday agenda on the national news broadcaster, Sky News (22/10) .

But he met his match with the interviews he conducted the Brisbane rank-and-file who were overwhelmingly in favour of retaining the monarchy -- and credit to Mr Kenny for not finding those interviews.
He also interviews young Tristan Rogers, Queensland chairman of the Monarchist League. Tristan undermines completely the proposition that the monarchy is not democratic, reminding Mr Kenny that the people voted overwhelmingly to retain it in 1999.

Tristan also points out that the republican movement is incapable of explaining what they want. They won't even tell the Australian people what sort of politicians' republic that campaigning for.

 
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