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State Welcome at Government House Wellington
Written by ACM   
Monday, 07 April 2014

Video footage of the State Welcome at Government House #royalvisitnz

 
Arrival in Welington 7 April 2014
Written by ACM   
Monday, 07 April 2014

Watch the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Wellington Airport. #royalvisitnz

 
Traditional New Zealand welcome
Written by ACM   
Monday, 07 April 2014

The traditional New Zealand hongi welcome for the Duchess of Cambridge at Government House, Wellington. Isn't New Zealand wonderful? . #royalvisitnz #duchessofcambridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: A hongi welcome at Government House. #royalvisitnz #duchessofcambridge
 
Crowds lining Wellington's streets
Written by ACM   
Monday, 07 April 2014

Crowds lined the streets to see the Royal Couple as they drove from Wellington Airport to Government House. #royalvisitnz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Crowds lined the streets to see the Royal Couple as they drove from Wellington Airport to Government House. #royalvisitnz
 
Welcome to New Zealand
Written by ACM   
Monday, 07 April 2014
The Governor-General and Lady Janine welcome the Duke and Duchess to Government House, and New Zealand. #royalvisitnz. Notice the warriors ready to offer a traditional Maori welcome.



















Photo: The Governor-General and Lady Janine welcome the Duke and Duchess to Government House, and New Zealand. #royalvisitnz
 
Arriving in Wellington
Written by ACM   
Monday, 07 April 2014
They arrive on 7 April 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand's beautiful capital city for a windy but very warm welcome. #royalvisitnz
Photo: A windy Wellington welcome. #royalvisitnz
 
Pope's gift to Prince George
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 06 April 2014
The Pope gave The Queen on her visit in April 2014 this blue orb decorated with a silver cross for Prince George her eight-month-old great grandson.

It’s for the little boy,” the Pope said in Spanish, as he pointed to the orb, which a traditional emblem of the power of Christian monarchs.

The orb represents earthly dominion under the Christian faith - a fitting gift for a child who will one day be King and in the UK, Defender of the Faith.

It sat on a silver base on which was inscribed, in English, the words: “Pope Francis to His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge”.








Photo: The Pope gave The Queen on her visit this blue orb decorated with a silver cross for Prince George her eight-month-old great grandson.   “It’s for the little boy,” the Pope said in Spanish, as he pointed to the orb - a traditional emblem of the power of Christian monarchs.   The orb represents earthly dominion under the Christian faith - a fitting gift for a child who will one day be King and in the UK, Defender of the Faith.   It sat on a silver base on which was inscribed, in English, the words: “Pope Francis to His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge”.
 
Mike Carlton and Mark Latham
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 06 April 2014
In his weekly column in The Sydney Morning Herald on 3 April 2014,  under the heading ''Lording it over the monarchists'', Mike Carlton wonders whether ACM's David Flint has written to him incognito concerning his last week's column. This he says was about knights, dames and the Queen at breakfast and had monarchists howling for ''my treasonous head''..

"Mr. Carlton need not worry, " says our National Convenor, ''what I say to him will never be anonymous. but I congratulate him on his elevation both temporal, at least on Twitter and also aural which I have read about in Mr Tim Blair's blog: http://bit.ly/1giVQbi "



....Mark Latham ....


Meanwhile, Mark Latham proposed News Limited appoint correspondents close to the issue. The Murdoch flagship should he says bring in a special Vatican correspondent, George Pell.

"The list is overflowing with possibilities: Sir David Flint covering the republic debate; Mary Jo Fisher on the crime rounds; Lord Monkton writing about climate change; Geert Wilders on multiculturalism; and Chris Kenny commenting on the ABC (oops, that’s already happening).

"There’s also a former editorial writer who could be recalled to beef up the paper’s coverage of national politics. He has a few other commitments these days, such as creating knighthoods and moving into Sydney’s Kirribilli House, but he should be able to squeeze out a few articles, co-authored with his doppelgänger Dennis Shanahan.
 
Republican leader revives long abandoned myth - shooting himself in the foot
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 06 April 2014

In trying to ridicule the awards to the Governors-General and his predecessor, the Australian Republican Movement's executive director, David Morris, is pushing an obviously false claim.

This is that all polls for 30 years have shown the nation's youth are the most republican of all. They certainly do not - they show the opposite. We've listed just 15 below. 

Morris is actually reviving a myth about the nation's youth, one his predecessors long ago  dropped. And why did they do that?  They realised it was embarrassingly wrong, and not something they should draw attention to.  Doesn't he know this?

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If Morris had read his own pollster - the one the ARM pays a lot of money for - as well as the string of polls we list below, he'd realise he was talking nonsense.  He should withdraw his claim. 

But Morris continued to claim this after a recent media appearance. It makes you  wonder about his dramatic claims that the restoration of knighthoods has had the dramatic effect on the membership of the ARM.He actually  claims a 5000% growth rate. 

Peter Fitzsimons agrees with me that these would probably be coming off a low base.  But 5000%?




...broadcasting his false claim...
  

ACM's young executive director Jai Martinkovits had said on 3AW on 26 March 2014 podcast 260314 that support for a politicians' republic among the young was low and that this was a time bomb for the republicans. David Morris responded to Jai's correct observation by this furphy:

"Young people are the most republican and Jai knows that every poll in the last 30 years has shown that."

When Jai protested David Morris shouted over him.




...the facts... 

 

So what are the facts? I was looking at a number of polls before the referendum. I noticed that whenever polls broke up the responses according to age, the result was a ''bell shaped curve.'' Support for a vague politicians' republic peaked with the middle-aged. Both the old and the young are less supportive.So I used this fact - republicans are not good in mastering facts - in responses in debates.

The republicans with typical arrogance thought they had the young, indigenous and immigrant in the bag. Typical was Senator  Susan Ryan's cruel but famous observation on the ABC that all the republicans had to do was wait until my generation ''dropped off the perch''.This got the laughs she hoped for . But it was so wrong.

Much later former  Attorney General's  Nicola Roxon issued the  barb that "no new monarchists are being born."  Like David Morris she hadn't bothered to check whether she did in fact have the nation's youth in the bag.

A passionate republican if ever there was one, almost her first act as A-G was to stop the appointment of Federal QC's who are rarely created anyway. 

The plain fact is that anybody who knows anything about this issue knows that the lack of support among the young is a time bomb for the Republican movement.  They would be wise not to mention the issue.

 

....3AW...

 

 

After the 3AW debate the presenter, Neil Mitchell read figures from a recent poll showing the youth a not the most republican. In fact there is a string of polls over the last few years which come to the same  conclusion.

But here's something surely Morris had read. 

 

 ...the ARM's own pollster...

Read more...
 
ARM's claim of membership spike
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 06 April 2014
Peter FitzSimons in his column on 6 April 2014 in The Sun-Herald agrees with ACM's David Flint that the ARM claim of a 5000% spike in their membership growth because of knighthoods must have come off a "very low base".

 
Queen visits Pope April 2014
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 06 April 2014

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the Vatican for an audience with The Pope. The Swiss Guard are in the background.

 

Photo: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the Vatican for an audience with The Pope. The Swiss Guard are in the background.




An earlier visit to Rome, in 1980, to be received by His Holiness Pope John Paul II.
 












Photo: An earlier visit to Rome, in 1980, to be received by His Holiness Pope John Paul II









 Photo: An earlier visit to Rome, in 1980, to be received by His Holiness Pope John Paul II
....wearing black?....
 



On all four previous visits to the Pope , the Queen wore black as is shown in this visit to John Paul II in 2000. But Pope Francis had said this would not be necessary. So, for yesterday’s meeting, she was in the same lilac ensemble which she had worn on a visit to Hertfordshire during her Diamond Jubilee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: On all four previous visits to the Pope , the Queen wore black as is shown in this visit to John Paul II in 2000. But Pope Francis had said this would not be necessary. So, for yesterday’s meeting, she was in the same lilac ensemble which she had worn on a visit to Hertfordshire during her Diamond Jubilee  [ Daily Mail ]
 
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