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Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 06 September 2004

Over a year ago, we discussed with George Bougias, the National Chairman of the Greek Royalist Association, the need to bring into the fold the monarchist elements in our immigrant communities. George spoke at our 2003 conference, and his paper was very well received. I was delighted then to receive an invitation to attend the first conference of the Australian Monarchist Alliance in Melbourne on the weekend of 28 and 29 August 2004. I represented ACM with our Victorian Convenor, Brett Hogan. The conference was organized by George Bougias, with Bryan Stertern-Gill and Trevor Stanley. There were papers and/ or representatives from Sweden, Greece, Germany, Central Europe, Hungary and Cambodia. More details will be available on their site. The subject of my paper was timely-“Plebiscites-Against the Spirit if Not the Letter of the Constitution”

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Are We a Democracy?
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 06 September 2004

Are we a democracy? Of course we are. In fact we are one of the oldest and most successful democracies in the world.

But according to a federal government survey of the young which has been just released, only 53.4 % agree or strongly agree with the proposition that we are a democracy! The results for the oldest group, 22-25 years old, are especially disappointing- only 43.4% agree or strongly agree. Some say that while they would have agreed when they were younger, they had become more ambivalent. The younger the respondent, the more the results are reassuring. Among the very young, those aged 12-14, 68.6% agree or strongly agree that Australia is a democracy.

The focus groups were revealing. Some said they did not know what democracy means! Others in the 15-17 group thought it meant institutions but also fairness. While they accepted that Australia had democratic institutions, they did not think Australian society was fair, so they neither agreed nor disagreed with the proposition.

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Senate Inquiry Invites No Confidence Vote In Our Constitution!
Written by ACM   
Monday, 30 August 2004

August 31, 2004
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

SENATE INQUIRY INVITES NO CONFIDENCE VOTE IN OUR CONSTITUTION!
Statement by the National Convenor
National Office, Sydney Australia

Today’s report by the republican dominated Senate Inquiry into the process of becoming a republic should be condemned in the strongest possible terms. It recommends a series of plebiscites (opinion polls) which invite a vote of no confidence in one of the most successful constitutions in the world. Unlike a referendum, a plebiscite asks the questions first and the politicians fill in the details later. It is a blank cheque in favour of the politicians. It is an unnecessary stunt by politicians that does not change the constitution in any way.

Voting will be compulsory,but republicans are divided both over the number of plebiscites and their timing.

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Challenging The Australian National Flag
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 26 August 2004

August 27, 2004
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
National Office, Sydney Australia

The leader of the Federal Opposition, Mr. Latham, announced on July 14 2004 that, if elected Prime Minister, he would fly the flag of the Eureka Stockade at Parliament House as part of the 150th Anniversary Celebrations to be held on December 3rd, 2004 (Ballarat Courier 15 July 2004). Since this time Australians for Constitutional Monarchy (ACM) has received distressed messages from concerned Australians who fear that it is Mr. Latham’s clear intention to challenge Australia’s National Flag. ACM condemns Mr. Latham’s pledge to fly the Eureka flag at Parliament House.

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Barnaby Joyce - strong supporter of our constitution
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 23 August 2004



It was good to see that the Queensland Nationals Senate candidates have come out to declare their very strong belief that Australia’s move to a Republic is not inevitable, would not produce better Government, would not fix any single problem currently faced by Australia and would only serve as a distraction from the real tasks of elected representatives.

 They were responding to comments made by the Federal Treasurer and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, Peter Costello.

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Don't Elect The President! Lesson From The Butler Affair
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 15 August 2004

Andrew Bolt is one of the nation's most read columnists. A shrewd observer of the affairs of the nation, he is one of the few to see the dangers in the republican model which the official republicans are now secretly backing, publicly pretending they have no model.

He charges the ARM with irresponsibility for going down this path. On the republican side, Professor Greg Craven has been warning about this since the Griffith University republican conference.

In his column in the Herald Sun (13.8.04), Andrew Bolt draws a very important lesson from the Butler affair, the ending of which has given us no joy at all.

The lesson, he says, is NEVER to elect president.

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Support For Throne 93% Approve of Charles, William
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 14 August 2004

Last Friday, Channel 7 asked me to comment on a poll taken by Hawker Britton. There were three questions.

The first was:

Do you think it’s time for Queen Elizabeth to step down or abdicate in favour of Prince Charles?

The results were No 51%, Yes32%, Unsure 17%.

In the country, the Yes vote was 35%. Of those aged under 30, it was 37%, and of those aged over 65, the Yes vote was 25%.

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Resignation of Tasmania's Governor
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 09 August 2004
The only joy in the resolution of Tasmania's problems concerning the office of Governor was in the way it was done. There was no blood in the streets, nor was there a long drawn out impeachment process which, as we have seen elsewhere, can paralyze the government to the detriment of the state and the nation.

Our constitutional system ensures that such processes are fast, smooth, efficient and inexpensive. When Mr Butler was appointed, and appeared on ABC television, ACM objected not to his appointment but to his putting words into The Queen's mouth, claiming that Her Majesty was surprised by the referendum and had wondered why we did not become a republic. We also said he must swear the Oath of Allegiance, and when he did ( he actually affirmed) we indicated our delight that, being the honorable man we assumed he was, he now supported the existing constitutional structure and would be loyal to it and to his Sovereign.. We regretted the fact that he did not accept the traditional role of the Governor as Deputy Prior in the Order of St John, which has tremendous grass roots support and does such wonderful voluntary work at sporting events and in emergencies.
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Michael Jeffery Celebrates First Anniversary as Governor-General
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 08 August 2004

August 9, 2004
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the National Convenor
National Office, Sydney Australia

Major General Michael Jeffery, who was appointed Governor-General one year ago tomorrow, has proved to be exactly the right person to be Australia’s Head of State. Australians for Constitutional Monarchy (ACM), representing 20,000 supporters Australia wide, congratulate His Excellency Major General Jeffery for his outstanding work as Governor-General over the past 12 months.

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Governor in Presidential Role
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 01 August 2004


This was the headline in The Australian's story (30/7) about Richard Butler who will provide the narration for Aaron Copeland's A Lincoln Portrait portait which will be performed at the Sydney Opera House .

Mr Butler's wife told the ABC that the Premier regarded this as official vice-regal business, but the Premier later denied this. According to The Australian, the Governor's role-there will be three performances- came under attack from callers to talk back radio and politicians, most notably federal ALP MP for Franklin,Harry Quick.

The event seems harmless, and has no constitutional implications.

But I think that a good test for Viceroys is this. When in doubt, ask yourself what would The Queen do.

The answer is obvious.

 
The Advantages of Constitutional Monarchy
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 01 August 2004

During the referendum campaign, I was asked to a debate at an inner city venue in Sydney.When I observed that the world's most advanced and most civilised countries tended to be constitutional monarchies, I was ridiculed, with loud guffaws.

 I then began, slowly, to list those countries, which gradually quietened down the cafe latte set. And as we report every year, the UN agrees. The UN Human Development Index shows this year after year after year. But what is also overlooked is that new countries can also benefit from this wonderful institution. While Iraq was a constitutional monarchy, elections were genuinely contested , the press was relatively free, and life was secure.

 So I was delighted to read Radek Sikorski's piece in The Spectator (31/7/04) in which he writes that itis wonderful to see the old king back. His presence in Kabul, he says is a lucky portent-constitutional monarchy would be far and away the most suitable form of governmentfor Afghanistan's conservative , ethnically divided society where the monarch alone can be a symbol of national unity.

Sikorski is right-think of Belgium or Spain.

 
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