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Now they're saying the award wasn't valid
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 03 April 2014

The story below represents a last desperate attempt to undermine the recognition of the achievements of the hero of Timor, Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and of the former Governor-General, Dame Quentin Bryce.
 
Now the restoration of the highest rank to the Order of Australia  was effected economically and efficiently in the same way chosen to establish the Order.

This is by order of The Queen of Australia under what lawyers call the Royal Prerogative, which incidentally was the subject of a scholarly book by the great Labor leader, Dr HV Evatt.

As a constitutional monarchy The Queen acts under the Prerogative on the advice of the Prime Minister.  By well established convention, the Prime Minister advises The Queen directly on matters relating to the viceroy, he does not air this beforehand in the Cabinet particularly when individuals are concerned.


...obsessive behaviour..

There has been an extraordinary obsession by the republican politicians and the commentariat with this virtually costless but appropriate recognition of the achievements of Sir Peter Cosgrove and Dame Quentin Bryce.

 

 

 






 

Photo: Politicians and the commentariat may  ridicule the recognition of Dame Quentin Bryce and the hero of Timor, General Sir Peter Cosgrove, but young people reacted with strong interest, as shown here. ACM's  reach on Facebook went up by 223% to just under 200,000.    And 53% of our over 43,000 fans ( or ''Likes"") are under 25 and 64% under 35,  confirming the recent Fairfax Reach Poll that young people are not interested in any  politicians' republic replacing our crowned republic.   The republican politicians and commentariat must have forgotten how they had to scrub the egg off their face after their 1999 landslide defeat in all states and 72% of electorates..  Anyway, here's the former Governor General Dame Quentin Bryce obviously delighted as she unveils her official portrait, painted by Ralph Heimans, during a Parliamentary reception to farewell her at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday.    (AAP Image/Daniel Munoz)
 

This began with ridicule. Now the validity of the awards is being challenged  by a pointless ''bush lawyer'' argument. The Fairfax sites were running a story on 2 April 2014 under the headline "Was Dame Quentin really as Dame when Tony Abbott said she was?": 

It just doesn't wash. How Her Majesty  gives  approval under the Prerogative  is obviously a matter for Her Majesty. 

With such security as is considered necessary, she may  do so by telephone or email  with the formal documents to follow.
 
This applies not only to the creation or amendment of Letters Patent, and acts under the Letters Patent  including the making of the  awards such as that to  General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

And it is not having any effect out in ''struggle street''. As Roy Morgan Research revealed this week, the principal concern out there is  economic. 

There are other concerns.

But some  politicians' republic, or shredding the Flag  or honouring achievements are just not among them.

 

 
Royal Charter of Justice. 2 April 1787
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 03 April 2014

On 2 April 1787, King George III signed Letters Patent, known as the First Charter of Justice, to bring the rule of law to this land. This has lasted, uninterrupted, to this day.

 This provided the authority for the establishment of the first New South Wales Courts of Criminal and Civil Jurisdiction.

 This meant that even in this penal colony the rule of law prevailed the moment the first Governor, Captain (later Admiral) Arthur Phillip RN set foot on Australian land.

 

Photo: On 2 April 1787, King George III signed Letters Patent, known as the First Charter of Justice, to bring the rule of law to this land. This has lasted, uninterrupted, to this day.  This provided the authority for the establishment of the first New South Wales Courts of Criminal and Civil Jurisdiction.   This meant that even in this penal colony the rule of law prevailed the moment the first Governor, Captain (later Admiral) Arthur Phillip RN set foot on Australian land.
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Jorgen Christian Jensen VC (15 January 1891 - 31 May 1922)
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 03 April 2014

Jørgen Christian Jensen VC (15 January 1891 - 31 May 1922) was a Danish-born Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

 

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Jensen was born in Løgstør, Denmark, the third of four children. In 1908, he moved to England before he emigrated to Australia in March 1909 and worked in Australia for the next five years. A month after the war commenced, he was naturalised a British subject at Adelaide, South Australia, on 7 September 1914.

 

Jensen served in the Australian Military Forces between March 1915 and December 1918 rising to the rank of Corporal.

 

When he was 26 years old and a private in the 50th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force during the First World War, the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

 

On 2 April 1917 at Noreuil, France, Private Jensen, with five comrades, attacked a barricade behind which were about 45 of the enemy and a machine-gun. One of the party shot the gunner and Private Jensen rushed the post and threw in a bomb. Then, with a bomb in each hand, he threatened the rest and made them surrender. He sent one of his prisoners to another group of the enemy, ordering them to surrender, which they did, but our troops began firing on them, where-upon Private Jensen, regardless of danger stood on the barricade waving his helmet, and the firing stopped. He then sent his prisoners back to our lines.

 

In May 1918, Jensen was severely wounded whilst on patrol after the retaking of Villers-Bretonneux.

 

 

...return to a sadly brief civilian life....

 

 

 

Upon returning to Australia Jensen was discharged medically unfit for further service and began work at the Truro Hotel in Truro, South Australia. He later married Katy Herman.

 

 

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Celebrate the Royal Visit and The Queen's Birthday
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014
        

Celebrate The Queen's Birthday and  #RoyalVisitAus, the Royal Visit in the presence of HE The Governor of NSW Professor Marie Bashir.  Australians for Constitutional Monarchy (ACM) is pleased to invite you and your guests to a joint function with the Australia-Britain Society (NSW Branch) Inc. (ABS).

  

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The luncheon celebrating the Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be held at Noon for 12.30pm on Wednesday 16 April 2014 in the Stranger's Dining Room, Parliament House, Macquarie Street Sydney.

The celebratory luncheon will coincide with the arrival in Sydney of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and baby Prince George.

The Guests of Honour will be Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, and Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE.

Click here to download your PDF copy of the flyer and acceptance form.

To register for this joint function:

  1. Please complete the name(s), contact details and seating preferences at the bottom of the slip.
  2. Please ensure that cheques are made payable to "Australia-Britain Society (NSW Branch) Inc.
  3. Return booking form and cheque to ACM, GPO Box 9841, Sydney NSW 2001. 

We do hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a wonderful afternoon.

 
Monarchist and Republicans go head to head.
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014

 The decision to reintroduce Knights and Dames in the Order of Australia and awards to General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Dame Quentin Bryce  were the subject of a debate on ABC's 730 chaired by Sarah Ferguson.

Prof David Flint argued in favour of the decision, and Greg Barnes opposed the reintroduction. Greg Barnes is a former chairman of the Australian Republican Movement, and was that their national campaign director for the 1999 referendum.

 

 
Supporting the recognition of the hero of Timor, our head of state
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014

The decision by the Prime Minister Tony Abbott to advise The Queen to restore knighthoods in the Order of Australia and subsequent awards to General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Dame Quentin Bryce were the subject of a news report on ABC 24 on 25 March 2014 when Prof David Flint of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy was interviewed.

 

 
Ridiculing the recognition of the hero of Timor
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 31 March 2014
Many politicians and members of the commentariat  ridiculed the recognition of the hero of Timor, General Sir Peter Cosgrove and the last Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce but young people reacted with strong interest, as shown here.
 
Following the announcement of their recognition, ACM's reach on Facebook went up by 223% to just under 200,000.

And 53% of our over 43,000 fans ( or ''Likes"") are under 25 and 64% under 35, confirming the recent Fairfax Reach Poll that young people are not interested in any politicians' republic replacing our crowned republic.

The republican politicians and commentariat must have forgotten how they had to scrub the egg off their face after their 1999 landslide defeat in all states and 72% of electorates.

Anyway, here's the former Governor General Dame Quentin Bryce obviously delighted as she unveils her official portrait, painted by Ralph Heimans, during a Parliamentary reception to farewell her at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photo: Politicians and the commentariat may  ridicule the recognition of Dame Quentin Bryce and the hero of Timor, General Sir Peter Cosgrove, but young people reacted with strong interest, as shown here. ACM's  reach on Facebook went up by 223% to just under 200,000.    And 53% of our over 43,000 fans ( or ''Likes"") are under 25 and 64% under 35,  confirming the recent Fairfax Reach Poll that young people are not interested in any  politicians' republic replacing our crowned republic.   The republican politicians and commentariat must have forgotten how they had to scrub the egg off their face after their 1999 landslide defeat in all states and 72% of electorates..  Anyway, here's the former Governor General Dame Quentin Bryce obviously delighted as she unveils her official portrait, painted by Ralph Heimans, during a Parliamentary reception to farewell her at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday.    (AAP Image/Daniel Munoz)
 
 
 
Republicans ridiculing awards to hero of Timor and Dame Quentin
Written by ACM   
Monday, 31 March 2014

Republican  politicians and the commentariat were beside themselves in pouring ridicule on the recognition in the order of Australia of the hero of Timor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and the former Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce.

In this comment, Prof David Flint says that It seems sufficient time had apparently elapsed since they had to wipe the egg off their faces over their landside loss in the 1999 referendum when they had instructed the Australian people to vote for their preferred model for a  politicians' republic to replace our crowned republic.

 

 
Jai Martinkovits on the new Governor-General and Knights & Dames
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 30 March 2014

ACM Executive Director, Jai Martinkovits, speaks with SWR FM's Brendan Leggett about the recent appointment of Sir Peter Cosgrove as Australia's 26th Governor General and the decision again to have Australian Dames & Knights by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

 
Dame Quentin farewelled
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 30 March 2014

The Governor-General, the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce, AD, CVO, was farewelled from Defence Establishment Fairbairn, Canberra, with a full ceremonial departure, before flying to Brisbane today.

The outgoing Governor-General inspected a royal guard formed by Australian Defence Force personnel from Australia's Federation Guard. Earlier the Governor-General laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier at the Australian War Memorial.

The Prime Minister, the Honourable Tony Abbott, MP, the Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley, AC, DSC, and government ministers attended the farewell to say thank you and goodbye.

Published by The Royal Australian Air Force

 
Foreign newspaper pushes flag change
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 29 March 2014

Now New Zealanders have a powerful foreigner telling them what to do about their Flag.  Just as Australians had the IRA's Jerry Adams telling them to vote Yes in 1999.

The New Zealand Flag has attracted the ire of the New York Times.  
And they're warning Aussies who'll be next.

''Mavbe one less Union Jack'' declares the imperial headline on their editorial of 21 March 2014. That says it all. ''Mavbe one less Union Jack''

The Times says the present flag  proclaims New Zealand as a South Pacific outpost of the British Empire, and quotes  critics who say it is too like the Australian flag. 

 

 

 Photo: Now New Zealanders have a powerful foreigner telling them what to do about their Flag.  Just as Australians had the IRA's Jerry Adams telling them to vote Yes in 1999. The New Zealand Flag has attracted the ire of the New York Times.   And they're  warning Aussies who'll be next.   ''Mavbe one less Union Jack'' declares the imperial headline.  Says it all. ''Mavbe one less Union Jack''

 

 
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