Referring to his Neville Bonner Oration to the 15th ACM National Conference, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told supporters of RECOGNISE, the movement for the constitutional recognition of the indigenous people, that for a referendum to succeed there should be no opposition from any group of substance.
Addressing the recent RECOGNISE inaugural dinner, he said he had invited his ''former colleagues at Australians for Constitutional Monarchy... to suspend their scepticism.''
''And I told them that it was impossible to cherish every single clause of a constitution, except the provision to change it."
" Tonight,'' he continued, '' I say to my friends here at RECOGNISE, we have to temper our ambitions, because nothing would set back the cause of our country and the rightful place of Aboriginal people at its heart, than a referendum that failed.''
ACM's National Convenor, Professor David Flint, responded to the Prime Minister by proposing that the people be involved from the beginning. This would be by following the Corowa process which involved a convention and which was the way we federated. He suggested other current burning constitutional issues be referred to the convention. This would include restoring the federation.
Former Prime Minister John Howard is interviewed here by Professor David Flint on his latest book 'The Menzies Era'. This is a major examination of the years that formed modern Australia. Professor Flint's first question relates to the way in which Sir Robert consulted The Queen concerning the appointment of governors-general.
When The Queen Came to Town is an affectionate celebration of the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Royal Tour to Australia by the newly Crowned Queen Elizabeth II. The film uses archival footage from the tour, interviews with Australians with memories of the Queen's visit and narration by Australian legends Bert Newtown and Lorraine Bayly to bring this wonderful story to life.
As many supporters will be aware, the tour was the largest event ever to be staged in Australia. For 60 days, the young Queen traversed the length and breadth of the land, visiting more than 60 country towns and making more than 100 speeches. Five million cucumber sandwiches, 10 million scones and 25 million cups of tea later, an astonishing three quarters of the Australian population had turned out to see their Monarch.
The evening of 6 November, 1999 and the results of the republic referendum are pouring in.
Refused their usual meeting place at the Sydney Town Hall by republicans who actually used ratepayers' funds to line the streets of the city with banners calling for a Yes vote, Australians for Constitutional Monarchy gather at the city's Darling Harbour Convention Centre to await the results.
Earlier in the evening, on the balcony of the Opera House - overlooking the harbour front area where the republicans are already celebrating what they assume will be a great victory, Professor David Flint is asked by the BBC to comment.
The polls have only closed in the Eastern States a little over one hour, but he calls the result correctly:
"It already looks like a landslide... for the No case."
Republican youth spokesman, Jason Yat-sen Li is also being interviewed by the BBC.
He looks at Flint in amazement and "does a double take."
But Flint is correct. He takes a water taxi back to Darling Harbour to join other constitutional monarchists.
...Tony Abbott's succinct assessment...
In this clip Flint is shown with David Elliott, ACM's National Campaign Director.
He embraces Kerry Jones, ACM's National Executive Director and Chairman of the Official Vote No Committee.
Kerry is the heroine of the night.
Tony Abbott MP, first Executive Director of ACM and now Leader of HM Loyal Opposition, comes on and succinclty and correctly assesses the meaning of the referendum.
The New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is engaging in a shockingly devious attempt to persuade New Zealanders to change their flag.
There is one honest and straight forward way for the republican prime minister to ask New Zealanders whether they want to change their flag, the one so many served under and died for.
this would be for John Key to put up his preferred new flag or flags against the existing flag.
That is how John Howard amended the Australian Flag Act. This was after the Keating government admitted it would change the Australian flag prior to the centenary of federation without even asking the people.
Accordingly Australia's law was changed to require that any new flag or flags had to be approved by the people. To head off the sort of trick proposed for New Zealand, the Australian flag must ALWAYS be included in any vote.
Australia's republican flag changer politicians were well and truly caught out.
Embarrassed, they sheepishly went along with this.
But John Key hopes to pull the wool over New Zealanders eyes. He wants them to choose a new flag first.
His plan is that the ''winning'' flag will be pushed for months in a no doubt taxpayer funded campaign. It will be supported by the usual suspects.
So that's what New Zealanders are in for. The New Zealand Prime Minister will be undermining the New Zealand Flag for many long months.
Australian's flag changing politicians would love to be able to do that.
Only one year after John Key's campaigning for his new flag will New Zealanders be allowed to say whether they actually want a new flag.
John Key thinks New Zealanders will fall for his trick. We doubt it.
Because it is a blatant attempt to trick the people, they could well boycott the first vote.
Past Patron of ACM in Tasmania and Patron of the Australian National Flag Association (ANFA -TAS) Michael Hodgman, QC AM, and a warrior for both the Crown and the Flag, was recognised recently at Parliament House, Hobart.
Members of both organisations were able to present to the Premier of Tasmania, Will Hodgman (son of Michael) with a framed portrait of his father, which the Premier gratefully received. The event was sponsored by the Hon Elise Archer MHA. Who has accepted to be Patron of ANFA (Tas). It was organised by the Sectary of the ANFA (Tas) Mr John Salmon. President of ANFA (Tas) and State Convenor of ACM in Tasmania, Mr Reg Watson passed the framed portrait on to the Premier.
[The Premier of Tasmania, Hon Will Hodgman , holding the portrait of his late father, Michael Hodgman at Parliament House, Hobart.]
Mr Watson said in his brief and casual address that the Premier's Father "will long be remembered by all. Mr Salmon and I knew Michael for more than thirty years. He was colourful and flamboyant. His love for his flag, our system of government and heritage knew no bounds," said Mr Watson.
"Having this portrait of our supporter and patron was very well, but we considered it would be worthy to present it to his son, now Premier of Tasmania. I can recall when I interviewed Michael Hodgman which was aired on my radio spot that he boasted, 'Will be the greatest Premier ever',"
The Premier amusingly responded by saying, "I think he told everyone the same thing." Mr Salmon said it was a shame Will's father never lived to see his son fulfil become Premier.
Homeowners in an independent Scotland could face significantly increased mortgage payments and at the same time suffer a fall in real estate values, according to press reports. The fact is that nobody has any idea of what the currency of an independent Scotland would be.
This demonstrates the extraordinary complacency of the British government, and especially of the British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Cameron should have sought wider advice on the way to run this referendum.
He should have been made aware of the adoption by our founders of the Swiss referendum .Had Cameron insisted on a similar procedure to ours, he would have protected the Union from an uninformed vote based on emotion and not the facts.
Instead of a real referendum, Cameron has allowed the Scottish National Party to foist a question-only plebiscite on the Scottish people. How extraordinary that he should allow the use of one of the tools devised by French revolutionary terrorists and perfected by the Bonapartes.
IN the context of the constitutional recognition debate, Australia's treatment of indigenous issues should be compared with New Zealand's, writes Damian Freeman in The Australian on 6 September, 2014. Now teaching at Cambridge, Dr Freeman was a research assistant with ACM.
Dr. Freeman refers to the settlement in 17888, Australia's ''defining moment'' and notes that the Governor Arthur Phillip's determination to ensure the fair treatment of Aboriginal people was not some personal idiosyncrasy. In 1787, he received formal instructions from King George III. They outlined the various things that Phillip was to do on the journey to Australia, then on establishing a colony in Australia.
Among other things, The King instructed Phillip: “You are to endeavour, by every possible means, to open an intercourse with the natives, and to conciliate their affections, enjoining all our subjects to live in amity and kindness with them. And if any of our subjects shall wantonly destroy them, or give them any unnecessary interruption in the exercise of their several occupations, it is our will and pleasure that you do cause such offenders to be brought to punishment according to the degree of the offence. You will endeavour to procure an account of the numbers inhabiting the neighbourhood of the intended settlement, and report your opinion to one of our secretaries of state in what manner our intercourse with these people may be turned to the advantage of this colony.”
If only Tony Abbott had been on hand to counsel his British counterpart about the correct way to run a plebiscite, the possibility that Scotland might vote for a vague and ill-defined secession would be a good deal more remote than the polls suggest.
”One thing the English don’t like is to be told that a former colony knows better,” the Australian diplomat warned Tony Abbott, who had found himself under fire after speaking in favour of Scotland staying in the UK. Now he was... giving some more advice to David Cameron.
“Dave, I know you Brits don’t like us telling you how to do things. But, mate, with this Scottish business, you should see how Aussies do referendums.”
”Very interesting, no doubt, Tony,” Cameron replied. Hoping to deflect the issue with a spot of old-time duchessing, he added: ”Was it a knighthood you were wondering about? ”
''Prince George: Australian Tourism's $30 billion baby,'' headlined the Courier Mail. As ACM has long pointed out, Royal Tours or as the Canadian say, homecomings are rivers of gold. TV News reports, and newspaper and magazine photos of Royals against typical Australian scenes is tourist advertising you just can't buy.
The Royals are tourism gold.
Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan told News National Travel writer Robyn Ironside that the visit was “already delivering significant tourism benefits”.
“Some of our country’s most famous tourism attractions provided perfect backdrops for images beamed around the world — the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains, Sydney Harbour and the Opera House, Taronga Zoo, the nippers’ demo on Manly beach and of course the spectacular footage at one of our country’s greatest icons, Uluru,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
“These images are tourism gold — the kind of international exposure that is difficult to put a price on and which are already inspiring many onlookers around the world to follow in their footsteps by booking a holiday of their own down under.”