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Republicans target Oath of Allegiance -which they have sworn!
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 16 May 2004

The Constitutional Amendment (Pledge of Loyalty) Bill ,2004, has been introduced into the New South Wales Parliament.

Proposed by republicans, it seeks  to abolish the Oaths of Allegiance MP's and Ministers are required to take under the State Constitution ,as well as the Ministers' Oath of Service to The Queen.

These would be replaced by a pledge of loyalty and a Minister's Oath that deletes any reference to The Queen. This is being proposed by republican Members of Parliament who themselves have, sometimes more than once, sworn an Oath or affirmed their Allegiance to The Queen!

 The proposed new pledge is: (Under God,) I pledge my loyalty to Australia and to the people of New South Wales.

The bracketed words are voluntary. This is being done notwithstanding the strong No vote against the republic in 1999, and the clear provisions entrenching the Crown in the Federal and State Constitutions, as well as in the Australia Act, 1986.

ACM will be doing everything possible to oppose this dreadful bill. However it seems likely that Bob Carr will have the numbers to bulldoze it through the Parliament. It has already gone to the NSW Upper House which is currently in recess.

 We will keep all supporters informed of when the Upper House debate is likely to occur and will encourage all ACM supporters to strongly oppose this latest attempt at republicanism by stealth.

If this is what they will do when the peole clearly say No, just imagine what the republican politicians would do if they could secure a Yes vote in a future plebiscite!

No doubt electors will let their MP's know what they think of this disgraceful example of creeping republicanism.

 
Celebrating the magic of monarchy
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 15 May 2004

Australians and Danes are united in welcoming the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary in Copenhagen.

 It was wonderful to see the crowds waving a seemingly equal number of Danish and Australian flags as they rejoiced in their many thousands.

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Richard Butler to be received by The Queen
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 08 May 2004

The Governor of Tasmania,will next Tuesday make a quick trip from Copenhagen especially to meet The Queen, according to Ms Annabel Crabb, writing in The Sunday Age yesterday:
http://theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/08/1083911455407.html



 

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Royal Wedding
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 06 May 2004

All, well almost, all Australians will rejoice at the wedding of the Danish Crown Prince and Mary Donaldson, although a former ARM chief , Mr Greg Barns, did manage to criticise the interest many have in this event.

 And it now seems clear that Australia , and especially Tasmania will enjoy considerable economic and cultural benefits from this marriage. Australia will be represented, indeed very well represented by our respected Head of State, the Governor-General and Mrs. Jeffrey. In addition the Governor of Tasmania will attend.

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The National Anthem
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 04 May 2004

Acm publishes the following letter sent to Sydney's Daily Telegraph:

" Dear Sir,

Your full front page feature on today’s ( 5 May, 2004)Daily Telegraph “Can’t Save the Queen”
tries to suggest that the Country Womens Association’s (CWA) vote to no longer
sing God Save the Queen is a push towards republicanism. 

 Nothing could be further from the truth and any attempts by republicans to pretend it is should be regarded as a desperate beat up by a movement fast losing support for its cause; a fact verified by recent opinion polls.

Australian protocol dictates we sing the national anthem unless the Queen herself is present. I understand the CWA still swears its oath of allegiance to “God, Throne and Country.” Those still trying to push republicanism in Australia must first come up with a model that measures up to the safeguards of our current constitutional arrangements which are the best in the world. After intense debate through the 1990’s and over $150 million of tax payers’ funds, they were not able to do so. Republican stunts such as we have seen today do nothing to advance their cause.

 Yours sincerely,

Mrs Kerry Jones
Executive Director"

 
NSW Liberal Leader, John Brogden comes out to support the Latham republic!
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Friday, 30 April 2004

The NSW Liberal Leader of the Opposition has broken ranks with most of the Liberal Party and joined the Federal Labor Leader in supporting a radical constitutional change which would involve the direct election of a President.

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Poll:Australians cool on republic
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 28 April 2004
- HERALD POLL

A Sydney Morning Herald Poll published on 29 April, 2004 finds Australians have cooled on the idea of a republic, notwithstanding Mark Latham's pledge to revive the issue in two annual plebiscites culminating in a referendum in 2007.
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More taxpayer funds diverted to creeping republicanism
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 25 April 2004

The bill to remove the Royal Coat of Arms from public buildings in NSW has passed through parliament. The bill,now  State Arms, Symbols and Emblems Act, 2004 was first introduced into the Legislative Council by the Independent MLC Peter Breen in 2003.

 This year it passed through the Legislative Assembly after being introduced in that chamber by the Independent MP Clover Moore (now the new Lord Mayor of Sydney).

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A collective Head of State: Iraq opts for three presidents
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Friday, 23 April 2004

While ACM obviously has no policy about the way other countries govern themselves, or on the legality and propriety of the war, recent constitutional developments in Iraq may be of some interest to our readers.

This is particularly so at a time when the Leader of the Opposition has decided on an extremely tight timetable in his attempt to turn Australia into a republic-any republic it seems.

Indeed the timetable is so tight some republicans fear it is doomed to failure.

And as Mike Stetekee observes in the Weekend Australian,24-25 April, 2004, the price of a failure a second time will be even greater than in 1999. If you are interested in what is being proposed in Iraq, and you have the time ,you may to wish read the backgrounder below.

Until next time,

 David Flint. . 

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Electors no interested in republic-admits Latham!
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 21 April 2004

The Sydney broadcaster,2GB's Alan Jones, has revealed that Mark Latham believes that Australians are not interested in the republic.

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Rush to republic-any republic
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 19 April 2004
One of the dangers of making policy so evidently on the run is that the detail comes back to haunt you. Mark Lathams formula for a constitutional campaign and vote each year of his government-if he is elected- with the referendum coinciding with the next election is quite foolish and unachievable.
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