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London Mayor Boris Johnson: why won't Aussie republicans pay their debts?
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 06 February 2014

It's time for the United Kingdom to resume  a close relationship with the growth economies of the Commonwealth, says Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

He is especially is calling for  reciprocal immigration rights between the United Kingdom and Australia.

He was speaking in a lecture at the leading international relations think tank, the Sydney-based Lowy Institute for International Policy on 24 August 2013.

Emphasising the very close links between the United Kingdom and Australia, and that Australia had stood with  the UK in  both world wars, he referred to the fact that in 1999 Australians voted to keep the constitutional monarchy.

He told the story of how in 1992 he had a bet of $100 with academics from Monash University who were insisting  that changed to a republic was inevitable, just, he said, as "Barry the chief minister" had predicted the evening of the lecture. (Who could he have been referring to?)

He said that despite the referendum 13 years ago, the Republican academics have not yet paid their the debts.

 

 
The tide has turned - QCs back
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014

The tide has indeed turned. Creeping republicanism is being reversed across the nation, as it already had been in New Zealand. The infantile and vindictive suppression of the rank of Queen's Counsel is being reversed, not least because its perpetrators had not thought through the consequences, even on international trade. 

But it needs someone of strength to reverse a trend which the small band of inner city republican elites has long insisted is inevitable.

As we reported in December 2012, ''Republican lawyers tipped to lead the rush to Brisbane'', the young and energetic  Attorney General  of Queensland, the Hon. Jarrod Bleijie MP decided on the restoration of Queen's Counsel.

At the time we issued a word  of warning to senior lawyers in other states.  ''Do not stand between your republican colleagues  and getting to Brisbane airport,  otherwise you’ll be knocked over in the rush.''

Now the Victorian  Attorney-General Robert Clark has acted to re-introduce the rank in Victoria. ACM warmly congratulates him on this action

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It was only a matter of time before other states would follow Queensland. Earlier in 2013, the Hon. Neil Brown QC wrote of a similar move in Victoria.

Now is the Victorian  Attorney-General Robert Clark today announced that Victorian Senior Counsel will in future have the option to be appointed as Queen’s Counsel upon application. 

This followed a request to the Victorian Government from the Victorian Bar Council to give senior barristers the choice of being known as Senior Counsel (SCs) or Queen’s Counsel (QCs). 

The Attorney-General said that giving barristers a choice between the titles would allow those barristers who so wished to be able to benefit from the awareness of the seniority and standing that comes with the long-standing title of QC. 




...choice...

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Governor addresses service to celebrate first Church Service on Australian Soil
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014

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Officially opening a service to celebrate the 226th anniversary of the first Church Service held on Australian soil, Her Excellency Prof. Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW, noted the remarkable work and achievements of the Rev. Richard Johnson.

Greg Whitehead of the Australian Christian Nation Association presided over the service.

After a prayer offered by the Hon Rev. Fred Nile MLC, greetings were then offered by a number of organisation, including Australians for Constitutional Monarchy. Executive Director, Jai Martinkovits, spoke about the pillars of our nation - something which is explained in detail on our ACM's educational website, www.crownedrepublic.com.au.

In reference to the sixth pillar, Federation, Mr. Martinkovits made particular mention of the strong desire expressed by the people to be a nation under God. We can see this reflected in the Preamble to the Constitution Act, "The People, humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God, have agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under The Crown".

 
Australia Day - Why January 26th?
Written by Reg Watson   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014

Tasmanian Historian, Author and ACM Convenor, Reg Watson, speaks about why Australians celebrate January 26th for their national birthday.

Mr. Watson's address is followed by a number of short interviews in noted Tasmnaians express their thoughts about Australia.

 
Royal Flashback to 1954
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 03 February 2014

Warm congratulations to Channel 7 for this wonderful Flashback  to  The Queen's memorable  first  Royal Tour in 1954:

 
Republic support dives: Fairfax poll
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 02 February 2014

"'We love the Queen,'' headlined the front page of the Sun-Herald

According to a Fairfax REACHTEL poll of a very large sample, support  for an Australian republic has collapsed to a 20-year low, with just 39.4 per cent of Australians saying they support a republic. The poll was reported in the Sun-Herald on to February, 2014 under the headline: "Republic support dives to 20 year low".

''That is a time bomb, I believe, for republicans, because you don't have that investment for the future,'' ACM's Professor Flint said, referring to the collapse in support for a republic to 35.6 per cent among 18 to 35 year olds. Only people aged over 65 had a lower rate of support (30.7 per cent) for Australia becoming a republic.

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...republic support to fall further...  

 

Professor Flint told Fairfax reporter Bianca Hall that in a referendum the republican vote would fall further once the republican  model was revealed and after people heard the argument against change. He said that previous experience also indicated the undecided move mainly to the No case.

He said this poll follows trends over the last few years and across the polls which indicate that support for a vague undefined republic is in the 30-40 percentile range. This would mean that in a referendum the yes vote would be significantly less, probably in the 20 to 35 percentile range.

He said this was confirmed by the polling focus groups that the political parties would be doing and explains why republican politicians do not push the issue in any serious way.

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...despite continuing setbacks, republic campaign to continue...

 

The poll was of 2146 with a margin of error of 2.1% Respondents were asked "Would you support Australia becoming a republic?''

Republican leader and the former Western Australian Premier Dr Geoff Gallop said: "Polls will come and go, but we've been encouraged by the support we've been getting, and our campaign will continue."

This poll exposes the republican movement's strategy of commissioning polls with questions which are hypothetical and irrelevant to produce a higher yes vote.  This is a political strategy which has proved a complete failure .

 

...Governor-General... 

 

 

 

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Music and Monarchy
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 01 February 2014

In this final  superb episode of Music and Monarchy , Dr David Starkey's explores the influence of the  relationship between the  monarchy and  music in  the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

 Not only is this informative, it is beautiful both to see and to hear.

Starkey hears music written by Queen Victoria's beloved Albert, Prince Consort – played for him (by David Owen Norris) in Buckingham Palace, on a lavish golden piano the pair Victoria and Albert bought together.

There are also specially recorded performances from St Paul's Cathedral Choir and Westminster Abbey, and of works by Felix Mendelssohn, Arthur Sullivan, Charles Villiers Stanford, and Ralph Vaughan Williams – as well as Hubert Parry's classic 'Jerusalem'

You can catch this episode on this link which lasts until 14 February 2014.

 

 

                  [St. George's Chapel Windsor]

 

 
Our Flag and New Zealand's
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 01 February 2014

Republican flag changers say we must trash our Australian Flag because its similarities with the NZ Flag. 


  So what - we speak the same language and our laws are similar. Should we change them too?


 Just look how similar these flags are.  Not one is as beautiful as ours nor indeed as meaningful.


 None comes even close.

 

And remember, republican politicians in the nineties planned to change our flag without our consent.

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(Note: This image from ANFA contains the flag of the former Yugoslavia and the former flag of Belarus)

 

 
Warning: Politicians to be given keys to the Constitution
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Friday, 31 January 2014

 A referendum proposing an Australian republic with an elected president would fail, predicts a strong and longstanding academic republican, Professor Helen Irving of the University of Sydney.

She also reveals her preferred model for a republic. 

Under this, the keys to a crucial part of the constitution would be handed to the politicians.

 

 

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The control over how the Head of State would be appointed would be stripped from the Constitution.

The method of the appointment or election and the dismissal would be decided by the politicians. Most importantly this will be decided by the politicians without any reference to the people.

it will be able to be changed at any time at the whim of the politicians. 

To see how undemocratic and dangerous this is, remember that in 1999 about two thirds of the politicians - at least - wanted the very politicians' republic which the people rejected not only in a national landslide, but also in all states and in 72% of electorates.

This proposal is indeed for an ultra-politicians' republic.  [i]

 And one further note of caution. This is the only model on the table, apart from vague references to direct  election and parliamentary appointment. Academic writers have great influence in these matters, as the late Professor George Winterton demonstrated.

 

...no myths...

 

 

At least she doesn't rely on the usual republican myths that John Howard rigged the 1998 Constitutional Convention, that he chose a doomed model for the 1999 referendum or that he fixed the question.

 

Nor does she go along with the myth that the 1999 referendum was close. It was she says its ''resounding defeat'' suggests another attempt should only be made when there is ''unmistakable evidence of support''.

 

 

...direct election to fail...

 

 

  

 

     
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Support for a republic low
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 30 January 2014

The questions in the two opinion polls commissioned  by the republican movement ("Cosgrove Promotion',' 29/1) were both vague, without defining what sort of ''republic'' was being proposed, writes David Flint in the Australian Financial Review 30 January, 2014," Support for a republic is not clear cut.''

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This is important because it  produces a false impression of the strength of republican support. As soon as a specific model is revealed - any model-  a significant number of supporters say they prefer the present constitution.  

One poll was also was hypothetical, asking  about what may or may not happen at the end of the present reign. Asking people what will happen years hence has limited utility.

 

 

....best measure...

 

 

Since the referendum, support for both a vague undefined republic and what is assumed to be the most popular model, direct election, has fallen significantly.

The best measure of this is by looking at a number of polls from different over an extended period of time, as we do on our site. (norepublic.com.au).

This indicates that current support, as measured by polls, is probably in the 30-40  percentile range.

 

....conclusions...

 

 

Experience in referendums indicates two important conclusions .

First,  those who say they are undecided tend to move to the No vote. This is either because they are genuinely undecided ,or because they do not really wish to reveal their intentions to a pollster.

Second, after hearing both sides in a referendum debate and reading the Yes/No booklet, a significant number of ''soft'' Yes voters switch sides.

Polling and surveying also contains a timebomb for the republicans. This is the low level of strong support for change to a republic among the young.

That is why republican politicians, who also do their own polling and focus groups,  won't touch the issue in any serious way.

 

 
General Cosgrove appointed next Governor General
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014

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The Prime Minister, speaking in Canberra, has announced the appointment of retired Defence Chief Peter Cosgrove as Australia's 26th Governor-General.

Australians for Constitutional Monarchy congratulates General Cosgrove on his appointment as Her Majestry's representative in Australia and also congratulates Mr. Abbott on his fine recommendation to Her Majesty.

Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/peter-cosgrove-announced-as-next-governorgeneral/story-fni0xqrb-1226811724006

 
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