Republic not dead, just comatose
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012

Monarchist David Flint said any push for an Australian republic would probably be seen by the public as an "unnecessary distraction", reports Jonathan Barrett and Natalie Gerretsen in a report on the Diamond Jubilee in The Australian Financial Review, 5 June 2012.

"The Republican movement is not dead, it's comatose.  It could be revived at any time by Prime Minister looking for a distraction, but I can't see that happening, really," Professor Flint told the Australian Financial Review.


...constitution the issue...


According to the Review, Professor Flint believes the importance of the monarchy goes beyond any individual.

"The Queen is a symbol of an institution above politics and Australians are pretty dissatisfied with their politicians at the moment," he said.

... Where have all the Republicans gone?...

The report asks "Where have all the Republicans gone?"

Unlike British Republicans who organised a small demonstration, the Review said Australia’s republicans were decidedly quiet on a day devoted to celebrating the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

"I'm a little intrigued by the relative conservatism of Australians," prominent West Australian businessmen John Poynton, who is sympathetic to the republican cause, told the Financial Review. 

"There just doesn't appear to be any great momentum.  What is needed is a national figure to get it going again"

But, the Review said, “many of Australia's most prominent Republicans are out of power or indisposed.  Politicos Malcolm Turnbull, Kim Beazley and Peter Costello are sidelined, overseas or out of politics. 

Media celebrities and football fans such as Andrew Denton and Eddie McGuire appear to know when a game is too far gone.”

“Even in the Republican heartland of Victoria, supporters are morbidly aware of their chances of victory any time soon, and so are risking their hopes that Prince Charles will do the job for them”

The Victorian convenor of the Australian Republican movement, Simon Bateman, told the Review that at the end of the reign "We don't want to be caught in a situation where we are not prepared."

...denigration  didn't deliver a politicians’ republic...

The republicans have adopted a curious position. They refuse to do the work necessary to produce a republican model which they could argue to the Australian people is better than the existing system. Instead, they are always looking for some silver bullet. The latest silver bullet is the succession of Prince Charles.

Long ago Australians for constitutional monarchy in this column warned Republicans that as the Queen advanced in years, those qualities long evident to constitutional monarchists would be recognised almost universally. This has occurred.

We have also previously warned the Republicans that they will find that the end of the reign will be received with enormous sadness. There will be a worldwide media retrospective into the Elizabethan era which will be far greater than even the media interest the Royal wedding.

This will be followed by fascination and interest about the Coronation - the only truly Judaeo-Christian Coronation left in a the world, and fascination about the next Prince of Wales and the children of the Prince of Wales.

The republicans attacked Australians for Constitutional Monarchy during the referendum campaign for not arguing about the qualities of The Queen but instead depending only on the qualities of the constitution.

The republican movement shamelessly used the personal denigration of Prince Charles as a campaign weapon in 1999.

it didn’t work then, it won’t work now - or in the future.