The Governor of New South Wales Part Two
Written by Thomas Flynn   
Wednesday, 15 June 2011

This is part two of the educational video produced in New South Wales during the governorship of Sir David Martin. See part one here .

 

We often hear that the people who have important roles like the Governor or Governor-General be more accessible. The assumption is often that this means doing away with protocol. In fact as this video shows people can easily be taught the elements of protocol.

 

I can predict tedious republican complaints about “court bows” and “curtseys”. This misses the point. Respect for a public officer is respect for the people. So therefore it is respect for ourselves.

 

 

A court bow for the representative of Australia's ancient crown  - the institution that does so much for us - is surely not too much to ask.