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Queen more popular than any politician
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 23 January 2014

 

Attention republican activists. If you're about to put on your usual stunt on Australia Day about trashing the flag or a politicians' republic, don't bother. ( One year you even did it for ANZAC Day, which was appalling)

We all know you want a politicians' republic. At least you admitted that up to 1999 - since then you have been very coy about what you want. But don't spoil Australia Day for this.

And as for your campaign, just consider the following. 

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[William Dargie's portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1954 ]
 

Well, at Parliament House Canberra the most popular  painting is not of any of the many politicians on display.

It's The Queen. By far.

Everyone wants to be photographed in front of The Queen of Australia.

Ross Peake reports in Fairfax on 23 January,2014  that a perspex cover has had to be placed in front of Sir William Dargie’s portrait of the Queen, known as the "Wattle Painting’’.

 

 
ACM Facebook page reaches 40,000 "likes"
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 23 January 2014

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Yesterday, ACM reached 40,000 "likes" on our Facebook page - and we are by no means done growing yet.

This extraordinary result demonstrates that, although ACM is a one issue organisation, we remain relevant and Australians are interested in debating matters relating to the Australian Crown.

ACM would like to thank all those who have actively participated in the online debate, as well as those responsible for the maintenance of the various online presences.

This increasing growth in the social media builds on ACM's highly visited and primary website, www.norepublic.com.au, which is now receiving in excess of 10.5 million hits and almost 5 million page views annually. ACM also maintains an educational website, www.crownedrepublic.com.au, and a Twitter account.

 
Irrelevant hypothetical poll
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 23 January 2014

As we mentioned in our last post on opinion polls, the republican movement is making much of a poll of no relevance  to the constitutional future of the land.

That was one they paid UMR to undertake.

 Indications over time and across the polls suggest support for republican change I sin the 30 percentile range. But note that this is for some vague undefined politicians' republic.  Once a specific model is revealed, the vote falls further.  For more information, visit our section on opinion polling

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[ Republicans tried in 1999 to make the president the PM's poodle]

Now on 14 January, 2014   Essential Vision  polled respondents on this irrelevant and hypothetical question: ''Would you support or oppose Australia becoming a republic at the end of the Queen’s reign?''

I was asked to appear on a programme compared by Steve Price on radio station 2GB on Thursday 16 January to answer the republican leader, former politician Dr Geoff Gallop.

He argued, as only an experienced  politician could, that this poll means that a plebiscite should be called.

He claimed - without any evidence whatsoever - that Australians were upset because Prime Minister Abbott had restored the oath of allegiance for ministers.

This is similar to the one in the Constitution for MP's - the one the Australian people refused to change in 1999.

The difference between the two oaths is that the ministerial oath may be surreptitiously changed on the advice of a  Prime Minister  who respects neither the Constitution nor the will of the people.

The MP's oath may only be changed with the approval of the people.

It is instructive that Dr. Gallop champions changes against if not the letter, then the very clear spirit of the Constitution without the approval of the people.

 

 

.....poll question irrelevant...

 

 

As to the question in this poll about the end of the reign, this  has absolutely nothing to do with issues which impact on every day Australians.

It has nothing to do with curing any of the problems that Australians may feel about the way in which they are governed.

It is only of interest to a small inner city elite obsessed as they against the oldest institution in the Australian constitutional system. It is aimed at one part of a constitutional system which works smoothly and well. That is the one part of the system which the republicans want to trash.

 

 

....hypothetical....

 

 

But the next thing to note is that this question is purely hypothetical. It is hypothetical into aspects. It is about something which will happen at some time in the future. Hopefully this will be many years away.

The idea of asking people what they will think about something which will happen in several years time is hardly a sensible exercise.

To use it to give some impetus to a what is seen in most circles as a comatose political campaign is devious.

The question is hypothetical for a second and significant reason.

It uses the vague and undefined word "republic".

For whatever reason the republicans won't reveal what sort of republic they have up their sleeves. Or perhaps, they don't know.

It is, as we have said so often, as if they were marching down the street chanting: "We want a republic! ......... But we haven't the foggiest idea what sort of republic we want!

We can however be certain that whatever model, their preference will be a politicians' republic.

It certainly won't be crowned republic.

 

...results...

 

 

  

 

 
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Prince Harry on the Antarctic
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Prince Harry pays  tribute to the "unbelievable achievement" of his Walking With The Wounded teammates who completed the South Pole and appealed for help in getting them back in to employment.

Harry said: "If anybody out there has the ability or resources to give these guys and girls a stepping stone back into employment then please do. You certainly won't regret it."

The three teams were initially competing to get to the Pole first, but when the Antarctic weather made conditions worse than expected they joined forces to make sure they all got to their goal safely.

 

 

 

[Report by Katie Lamborn for ITN, London published on 21 January, 2014.]

 
Part of our collective identity
Written by Senator Cory Bernardi   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Our flag is part of our collective identity.

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Within its weave, its colours and its design is the entire history of our nation and the people have called it their ''home''. Changing symbols that go to the core of the national identity are not  reform; changes such as these are an act of vandalism, a radical assault on the foundations on which our country has grown to be the envy of other regional  neighbours.

Abolishing the flag is essentially a repudiation of principles on which our great stress placing us like with another and involves much more than just updating a design or airbrushing  out our British heritage; it would inflict the woes of an amnesiac upon us all – like forgetting one's parents.

Only the radical is wilfully and maliciously forsaking his patrimony; this is a moral crime, and one which a people will ultimately pay for by a loss of community consciousness, and therefore a loss of direction.

 

[Senator  Cory Bernardi, The Conservative Revolution, 2013, Connor Court,  Ballarat, pages 90-91]

 

 

 

 
''Royal Takeover'' explained
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014

In the Channel 10 breakfast program, Wake Up, 21 January 2014, presenters James Mathison and Natarsha Belling consider the increased involvement of Prince Charles in royal activities.

In this segment, ''Royal Handover'', James’ and Natarsha's  guest is Professor David Flint, National Convener of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.

Prof Flint explains that there has been a merger of the press officers of the sovereign and the Prince of Wales, a sensible decision he says. As to the handing over of more functions and travel to Prince Charles, he says this will no doubt be done on a case-by-case basis. He points out The Queen will never abdicate. She is committed to her Oath and to the promise she made on her 21st birthday to serve. In a briefing to Channel 10, he confirms that the Dutch model is not applicable in the United Kingdom notwithstanding suggestions years ago by various ''royal watchers'' that this was imminent.

Thus the Queen will remain Queen of Australia, Queen of Canada, Queen of New Zealand and so on. The succession is settled; these Crowns will  go to Prince Charles. 

 

...Head of the Commonwealth....

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Celebrate Australia's first Christian service with the Governor of NSW
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014

On Monday 3 February 2014, join the Australian Christian Nation Association in celebrating the 226th Anniversary of the first Church service on Australian soil.

The service - which is to be held between 12 noon and 2pm - will be held in the presence of Her Excellency Prof. Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW, on the historical site of the first Church building on the corner of Bligh and Hunter Streets, Sydney.

ACM Executive Director, Jai Martinkovits, has been invited to say a few words. ACM encourages all supporters and their friends to attend.

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The Australian Crown
Written by Senator Cory Bernardi   
Monday, 20 January 2014

In Australia, the Crown...provides a constitutional safeguard  that is above the day-to-day machinations of politics.

 As the sixth oldest democracy in the world, Australia is testament to the success of the constitutional monarchy is a stable and continuing form of government....

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… It is telling that these other (older) democracies share a common cultural and religious patrimony; clearly, there is something in these traditions that is not only conducive to the maintenance of a stable democratic order, but essential to its creation.

… Those who seek to radically change the nature of the Australian Constitution by removing the role of the Crown in establishing an Australian republic have repeatedly failed to successfully prosecute their case before the Australian people, with the resultant dwindling support for their cause.

This was most recently demonstrated by 1999 republic referendum, wherer, after extensive consultation, the republican movement put forward a model that was overwhelmingly rejected by the Australian people.

… since their failure they have confined their advocacy to a "republic at any cost", any form of republic, as long as we get one...

This does not illustrate a movement that believes in the good  its proposed reform; rather it demonstrates that they are motivated by simple hatred: "anything but this" they shout, despite the fact that the freedom to advocate constitutional vandalism has been established and guaranteed by the very thing they seek to wreck.

[Senator  Cory Bernardi, The Conservative Revolution, 2013, Connor Court,  Ballarat]

 
Republican's poll where the question is kept secret
Written by ACM   
Monday, 20 January 2014

One thing is certain about the republican movement - they are rolling in money.

Now they are promoting another irrelevant opinion poll, just after the one they paid for last month.

In neither poll are the respondents asked whether they now support  the republicans’ proposed republican model. (This is because they're keeping that model secret. Or they don't know what sort of model they actually want)

They relaunched their movement last year at a $200 a head celebrity studded dinner at waterside restaurant, Le Hermitage.

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...PR firm engaged...

 

They had a PR firm handle the relaunch.

They even had the money to pay for an opinion  poll on the Governor-General's extraordinary comments in the ABC's Boyer Lecture.

The ARM say this poll found 48% agreed with the Governor-General.

But the point about any poll is the exact question asked. When we asked pollster UMR for the actual question, they told us refused without their client's consent.

A request to the ARM to reveal the question went unanswered.

It is curious that the question in this opinion poll should be as secret as the ARM's model for a republic!

As, no doubt, the republicans' plans for a new flag are also secret.

Whatever the precise question was, it was irrelevant. Even monarchist Prime Minister Tony Abbott came out and supported the Governor-General's right to make the comment.

But that didn't stop republican leader former WA Labor Premier Dr.Geoff Gallop from using this totally irrelevant poll to push the republican issue.  

(To be continued)

 
Republican model proposed - ACM refuses support
Written by ACM   
Monday, 20 January 2014

Since the referendum, the Australian Republican Movement has studiously avoided revealing what changes they are planning for both the Constitution and the Flag. Up to 1999 they indicated they wanted a model where the politicians chose and controlled the president. From the floor of the Convention the ARM invited everyone to view an exhibition of new flags which was being put on at the same time.

We refused to be even seen there.

Then as the referendum approached the ARM openly supported a travelling exhibition of new flags. Notably absent from each exhibition was the Australian National Flag. But the ARM endorsed travelling exhibition included an obscene homophobic racist flag.

Now the ARM steadfastly refuses to reveal one word of the changes they are proposing to the Constitution. They pretend that the Flag is not one of their targets, but the republican standard bearer, The Age has let the cat out of the bag over this. The Age says that no one seriously believes that the Flag will survive a (politicians') republic, and since that is inevitable we might as well change it now.



But now a new proponent of republican change has emerged, and he has a model. He sought ACM's support, but we have of course refused.

 
Music and Monarchy Part 2 Revolutions
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 19 January 2014

David Starkey's Music And Monarchy Episode 2 - Revolutions - was broadcast on SBS ONE 17 January 2014 at 8.30pm AEDT. ( The last episodes will be broadcast at this time on the next two Fridays.)

 

 

It  can still be seen by clicking here, but do note that this window expires on  31 January 2014, 9:40pm  AEDT. You should not miss it; visually and musically it is a feast.

In ''Revolutions',  Dr David Starkey shows how the monarchy shaped Britain's music reaches the 17th century, when religious conflict threatened not only the lives of musicians and monarchs, but the future of the monarchy and the glorious tradition of British music itself.

 

 

 

779-229 - Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, England, United Kingdom, Europe 

[Hampton Court, Chapel Royal  By Pawel Libera/ Robert Harding]

 
  

And yet, in the midst of this upheaval, royalty presided over a series of musical breakthroughs. Westminster Abbey choir sing some of the earliest surviving music to be heard at British coronations, the Band of the Life Guards play pieces which Charles I used in battle, and the Academy of Ancient Music perform some of the glorious works of arguably the greatest English composer - Henry Purcell.

To repeat the link until 31 January 2014 is : http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/107497539914/David-Starkey-s-Music-And-Monarchy-Ep2-Revolutions. The information above comes from the BBC.

 

  
 
  

 

 

 
 
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