Funding the referendum campaign - and where are they now?
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 12 November 2011

In response to an enquiry concerning the public funding of the referendum campaign, the following explains the situation.

The government established two committees each of 10 people to administer $7.5 million each, essentially for approved advertising.


This could not be used for ACM or ARM purposes - each had to raise its own money.  The ARM was flush with funds.  The national campaign director, Greg Barns, later revealed that the  celebrities who dominated the ARM for the most parsimonious, and that the greater part of the funding came from Malcolm Turnbull.

The only other Republican campaigner, and that on the No case, was the former Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Clem Jones ran a separate campaign in Queensland.

 ACM set up offices in every state capital, and employed  national and state campaign directors.  The only television advertising came from the Vote Yes and Vote No Committees, as well as the ARM.  ACM could only afford some radio and limited press advertising

The ARM was able to begin television advertising before any government funded advertising.  The revolutionary cause most of the mainline media, including the ABC and SBS, were openly campaigning for the Yes Case.

...government funding..

The government decided that the seats on each committee would be allocated in the fairest way possible. This was in accordance with the votes received by each group at the Constitutional Convention election.

Accordingly, all seats on the Vote Yes committee, chaired by Malcolm Turnbull, were awarded to the ARM or allies. 

Two seats on the Vote No committee, chaired by Kerry Jones, were awarded to the independent republicans opposed to the Keating Turnbull model, Ted Mack and Clem Jones. Eight seats were reserved for constitutional monarchists.

 ACM won 72.82% of the constitutional monarchist vote in the election. The remainder of the constitutional monarchist vote in the Convention election had been divided between four other groups. They were Bruce Ruxton’s Safeguard The People, the Australian Monarchist League, Queenslanders for Constitutional Monarchy and the Fred Nile’s Christian Democrats, a broader political party. All groups had worked closely together during the Convention with LLoyd Waddy being accepted as the leader. 

Based on a quota, ACM delegates were appointed to the eight seats on the Vote No committee.

It is fair to say that the Vote No Committee Kerry Jones proved more effective than the Vote Yes Committee.  They were able to allocate more funds for advertising time, and they were able to obtain better timeslots.  The vote yes committee used a more expensive agency and seemed less able to secure the best slots.  They were quick to complain about our advertising to the authorities.

... monarchist groups today...



Since the referendum, the only monarchist group not to continue is Safeguard The People.   

In addition, the Monarchist League in Australia (Victorian Chapter), which was separately established as an incorporated association, is no longer part of the AML.  The Victorian chapter includes the long standing Victorian members of the original Monarchist League in Australia and is recognised by the International Monarchist League in London. There is also the International Monarchist League in Australia, also recognised by the IML.

So there are half a dozen monarchist groups in Australia.  The more the merrier.

In the meantime, the ARM had declared that whatever the result, they would not be there after the referendum.