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Royal Family privacy must be defended
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
ACM does not agree that "'You can’t be second in line to the throne and not expect to be photographed,'' as one site argued. 

Nor do we agree that because the photographs and videos have been published we should.

Otherwise it can be argued that the Royal Family is open game for the media, as one prominent privacy expert once argued to our national convenor. That argument is strengthened if some monarchists are seen as going along with it. 

Everyone is entitled to their privacy, and the Duke and Duchess were entitled to be free from invasive telescopic lens where they assumed that they were in private.

The fact that the pictures are charming has nothing to do with it.  That the Royal Couple were reported to have downplayed the matter should not persuade us to abandon the principle that the Royal Family are not entitled to their privacy. One monarchist site said respecting their privacy was optional, like bowing or curtseying. This is not to understand what is in issue.    

In the meantime The Times in London reports that the Australian media has been accused of invading the privacy of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge' after pictures were published showing the couple walking in the garden of the governor-general's residence in Canberra.

In accordance with ACM's policy to respect the privacy of our Royal Family, in the link below we have deleted an offending albeit nice photograph of the Duchess and the baby Prince and inserted one of Yarralumla.


 
 
Respect their privacy
Written by ACM   
Monday, 21 April 2014

Photographs and videos have appeared today in the media showing Prince William, Catherine and Prince George enjoying some obviously private moments in the grounds of Government house, perhaps taken with telescopic lens.

Unless and until  we are assured that these are authorised by the Royal Family we shall not be showing them on our Facebook page or here.

ACM believes that the Royal Family is as much entitled to privacy as other people.

ACM calls on not only monarchists but all media to respect their privacy.

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Republican lie - monarchists threat to National Anthem
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 21 April 2014

What is going on at republican HQ?  Why are they inventing a series of untruths - three so far?

It all began when republican leader David Morris shouted down Jai Martinkovits, ACM's  executive director on Melbourne radio station 3AW.

Morris  claimed all polls for past 30 years had shown the nation's youth are the most republican of all. 

This is palpably untrue. We have published a selection of 15 polls which confirm this. Particularly  embarrassing for David Morris and the republican movement is that one of these is from the very company, UMR, from which they have commissioned their own polls.

 

.... the second untruth...

 

Now in a desperate attempt to revive the flagging  republican, the republican movement's David Morris  has gone to the media claiming first the 1999 republican process was rushed.

Rushed? It took seven years, with the ARM allowed to freely chose the model. The actual referendum question was approved by a parliament at least two thirds of whom were republicans.

To date, there have been 12 major votes and inquiries into how to turn Australia into a politicians' republic. All have been paid for by the taxpayer, 11 wholly so.

If this is rushed, then it is awful to imagine what they have in mind. Are we going to have our politicians tied up for say two decades trying to work out some sort of a politicians republic which satisfies the ARM. Remember that the present time they can't even tell Australians precisely what they want.

 

 

...the third  untruth – a whopper...

  

 More importantly he claimed to  Channel 9's Today programme that the national anthem was under threat. Once  he was interviewed by Cameron Williams on air he back pedalled but then claimed   "'We had to fight for our national anthem"  against monarchist resistance.

This is an invention.

While a National flag was seen as immediately necessary at Federation ,  Australians used God Save The Queen for formal occasions and  a selection of patriotic songs on other occasions. It was a pretty informal arrangement, an understanding or  a convention.

Unlike the need for a National  Flag, Australians generally  did not see the need for a  separate anthem until the seventies, probably because of the televising of the Olympics and other sporting occasions.

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Taronga Zoo
Written by ACM   
Monday, 21 April 2014

 

On Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince George, visited the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, where they stopped by a bilby enclosure that was named after George as part of Australia's gift to him following his birth.

On Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince George, visited the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, where they stopped by a bilby enclosure that was named after George as part of Australia's gift to him following his birth.
On Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince George, visited the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, where they stopped by a bilby enclosure that was named after George as part of Australia's gift to him following his birth.On Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince George, visited the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, where they stopped by a bilby enclosure that was named after George as part of Australia's gift to him following his birth. On Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince George, visited the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, where they stopped by a bilby enclosure that was named after George as part of Australia's gift to him following his birth.
 
Brisbane 19 April 2019
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 20 April 2014

 

Photo: Prince William in Brisbane 19 April 2014 [ Photo ABC Nic MacBean]
Prince William and Catherine in Brisbane 19 April 2014 [ Photo ABC Nic MacBean]
 
Amberley RAAF Base 19 April, 2014.
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 20 April 2014

 

 Prince William and Catherine, Duke of Duchess of Cambridge, bow their heads after planting a tree in a memorial garden at Amberley RAAF base, west of Brisbane, on 19 April, 2014.

 
Why the young support the monarchy
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 20 April 2014

 

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the baby Prince George begin their visit, Channel Seven's Matt White asks Jai Martinkovits about the latest opinion poll, something which ACM has been closely studying since before the 1999 referendum.

There is a section dedicated to this on the ACM site, http://bit.ly/1gD4kuW

 

 
Knights and Dames restored; the reaction
Written by ACM   
Friday, 18 April 2014

Radio Australia reported that the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott's decision to reintroduce the official honours of Knight and Dame for pre-eminent Australians was mocked by the opposition Labor party and the Republican movement.
But Tony Abb.ott's surprise announcement was celebrated by monarchists.

This report is by Simon Lauder and includes speech and comment from the following :-

Tony Abbott, Prime Minister; Sam Dastyari, Opposition Senator; Kelvin Thomson, Opposition backbencher; Senator George Brandis, Liberal frontbencher; David Morris, National Director, Australian Republican Movement; and Professor David Flint, National Convenor, Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy

 

 

 

 
They arrive
Written by ACM   
Friday, 18 April 2014
Prince William holding his son Prince George and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, after they arrived arrive in Sydney on Wednesday, 16 April 2014. Photograph: Rob Griffith/AP
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Photo: Prince William holding his son Prince George and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, after they arrived arrive in Sydney on Wednesday. Photograph: Rob Griffith/AP
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Royal Easter Show
Written by ACM   
Friday, 18 April 2014

 

Prince William speaks to exhibitor in the Sydney Royal Easter Show,18 April, 2014 ( ABC)
 
Royal Easter Show broadcast
Written by ACM   
Friday, 18 April 2014

 

Photo: For its live broadcast on the Royal Visit at the Easter Show in Sydney on 18 April 2014, Channel 10 assembled an additional expert panel including ACM's Professor David Flint
For its live broadcast on the Royal Visit at the Easter Show in Sydney on 18 April 2014, Channel 10 assembled an additional expert panel including ACM's Professor David Flint
 
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