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Pray for our Queen this Australia Day
Written by ACM   
Friday, 10 January 2014

All Saints' Church in Brisbane encourages all Australians to pray for our Queen this year on Australia Day.

They will be holding two special masses - a High Mass and a Low Mass - on Sunday, 26 January.

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To see the full size poster, please click here.

Low Mass will be at 7.30am and High Mass will be at 9.30am. For further information, see the flyer above.

 
ACM On National TV Coast-To-Coast Mon. to Sat
Written by ACM   
Monday, 06 January 2014

The broadcast times every day this week of our 14th National  Conference have just been announced. The Conference was held in Brisbane on  29 November  to  1 December.

 

For a description click here and for the programme click here.

 

The broadcasts in sessions will be on the national Foxtel A-Pac Channel 648 and streamed on http://www.a-pac.tv/

 

This channel works on a tight broadcasting schedule affected by current events and can only announce the  schedule for each week close to the broadcasts.  Some will be repeats but we do not have that information.

 

All times are AEDT, Australian Eastern Daylight Time.

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AEDT is Summer Time in NSW, ACT, Victoria and Tasmania, and is one hour ahead of AEST, Australian Eastern Standard Time.

 

As we understand it, viewers in South Australia should deduct half an hour from the following times, in Queensland one hour and in Western Australia three hours.

 

We are sure that viewers in other time zones - Christmas, Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands as well as in Yancowinna County in NSW - will know the appropriate adjustments to make.



...ACM schedule...


 

 

The AEDT times for broadcasting  the conference this week are as follows:

 

Monday: 10.10AM, 4PM, 9PM

 

Tuesday: 8.10AM, 10AM, 530PM

 

Wednesday: 7AM, 130PM, 8PM

 

Thursday: 7AM, 7PM, 2PM

 

Friday: 730AM, 1PM

 

Saturday: 630AM, 955AM, noon, 1PM, 145PM, 230PM, 320PM, 525PM, 630PM, 710PM, 755PM, 844PM.


 

...Samuel Griffith Society..

 

 

Viewers may also be interested in the annual conference of the Samuel Griffith Society which is also being broadcast. The Samuel Griffith Society is dedicated to the preservation of the federation, and is the nation's leading think tank on federalism.

 

The times, also AEDT, are:

 

Monday:  2PM, 7PM
  

Tuesday: 6AM, 9AM, 3PM

 

Wednesday: 6AM,noon, 630PM

 

Thursday: 6AM, noon, 6PM

 

Friday: 6AM, noon.

 
Our first major land battle - Second World War
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 05 January 2014

On  5 January 1941 Bardia was captured.  The Australian 6th Division captured 40,000 Italian prisoners, including four generals, at a cost of 130 killed and 326 wounded in Australia's first major land battle of the Second World War.

 
Governor Lachlan Macquarie
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 05 January 2014

 Lachlan Macquarie, Governor of the New South Wales colony from 1810 to 1821, upheld high standards for the development of New South Wales from a penal colony to a free settlement. He introduced the first building code into the colony and greatly developed public infrastructure including roads, bridges, wharves, churches and public buildings. He encouraged former convicts and sought to treat the indigenous people fairly.

He was in brief one of our greatest viceroys. 

 

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[Governor Macquarie]

 

And yet, his administration was the subject of an official investigation, a Royal Commission, by John Thomas Bigge brought on by some hostile establishment figures who regularly complained to London.

 

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[ John Bigge ]


 He encouraged exploration sending Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson across the Blue Mountains in1813 , where they found the grazing plains of the interior. Following their discovery, Macquarie ordered the establishment of Bathurst, Australia's first inland city. He appointed John Oxley as surveyor-general and sent him on expeditions up the coast of New South Wales and inland to find new rivers and new lands for settlement.


 

...Royal Commission...

 

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The Queen understands
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 05 January 2014

Professor Philip Murphy’s new book  "Monarchy and the End of Empire'' is ''by a country mile the most important and well-informed to have been written about the contemporary British monarchy...''  writes Peter Oborne in the London Daily Telegraph on 27 December 2013.

The review is published under this headline: ''Only the Queen understands the true value of the Commonwealth''.

 

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You can order this substantial hardback  book published by Oxford University Press through the Book Depository. The  price is discounted by  10%, with free delivery and no tax, and also providing  a commission  to ACM. Just click here.

Professor Murphy  says the record  suggests that The Queen may well be better informed and be more abreast of the time than her ministers.

'' Look at her record: against Suez; in favour of Macmillan; against arms sales to South Africa; for sanctions against apartheid. A personal record of wise but deft interventions in foreign affairs.

''She is pro-British, but does not think that means being slavishly European or Atlanticist.

''She understands the relevance of ancient history to modern foreign policy.

''She knows a multitude of world leaders.

His ultimate challenge is this ''Here’s a thought: could it be that the Queen, and the Commonwealth she heads, is a far greater foreign policy asset to Britain than all recent foreign secretaries and prime ministers put together?''

 
Christmas at Sandringham
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 04 January 2014

The Queen joined members of the Royal Family who walked to  Sandringham's  St Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas Day 2013. This clip was published by the BBC

 

 
The rustle of silk: a restoration play for the 21st Century?
Written by Thomas Bradley QC   
Thursday, 02 January 2014

This paper by our ACM's Queensland Convenor was presented to our 14th National Conference. After we invited him to present a paper on the restoration of Queen's Counsel by Queensland Attorney-General, the Hon. Jarrod Bleijie MP, we were delighted to learn that Mr. Bradley himself had just taken silk. We congratulate him and we also warmly congratulate the Attorney-General for his superb initiative.

Below are the Letters Patent which include those stirring words "To all to whom These Presents Shall Come Greeting: ... We of Our own special grace ... by these Presents do constitute, ordain, and appoint Our trustee and Well-beloved Thomas Joseph Bradley ... to be one Our Counsel Learned in the law ..." To download a larger version of the Letters Patent, please click here. 

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What is there to know about Queen’s Counsel?

A QC wears a silk gown to court of a particular design, which is why the appointment as Queen’s Counsel is often referred to as “taking silk” and QC’s are colloquially referred to as “silks”.  QCs also wear a unique black court frock coat, instead of the long sleeved waistcoat.  On normal court appearances, at trials or appeals, a QC wears a short horsehair wig, the same as a junior counsel.  But on ceremonial occasions, a QC may wear a full-bottomed wig.

A QC has the privilege of sitting within the bar of the court in the position of pre-eminence; in Queensland at the right-hand end of the bar table.  Of course, where a QC is appearing in a matter against the Crown, such as in defence of an accused or for a civil claimant against the Crown, the Counsel appearing for the Crown (whether a QC or not) may take the pre-eminent position. 

The first Queens Counsel was Sir Francis Bacon, who in 1597 was given letters patent affording him precedence at the Bar, under the title Queen’s Counsel Extraordinary.  In 1603, after the succession of James the First (and Sixth), Sir Francis was given the formal style King’s Counsel.  Since then this shorter title has been adopted for members of the Bar upon whom that status is conferred by the Crown and recognised by the Courts.

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Happy New Year
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 31 December 2013

To all our ACM members, supporters and visitors - and to all those dear to you,

A Happy & Royal New Year,

From David Flint, Jai Martinkovits & Luke Hantzis at the ACM national office

 

 

 
 
Field Marshal "Bill'' Slim, 13th G-G
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Field Marshal Sir William Joseph "Bill" Slim, 1st Viscount Slim was the 13th Governor-General of Australia (1953 to 1959), and among the most popular.

 A veteran of both wars he led the 14th "forgotten ''Army in the Burma campaign in the Second.

Seen by Australians as a great war hero, he had been severely wounded at Gallipoli, serving alongside Australians there and in the Middle East.

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ABC discussion on Governor-General
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 29 December 2013

ACM National Convenor Professor David Flint discusses the process concerning the appointment of the Governor-General and on General Cosgrove: ABC News Channel 24  Weekend Breakfast  with Miriam Corowa and Richard Davies, 28 December 2013

 

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General Cosgrove as G-G asks Channel 10
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 28 December 2013

Professor David Flint is asked to comment on General Cosgrove as Governor-General by The Project's  panel, Sam Macmillan, Charlie Pickering and Nicole Livingstone, on  Boxing Day 2013.

The Project, a light hearted commentary on current affairs, is broadcast nationally by Channel 10.

 
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