Queen more popular than any politician
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 23 January 2014


Attention republican activists. If you're about to put on your usual stunt on Australia Day about trashing the flag or a politicians' republic, don't bother. ( One year you even did it for ANZAC Day, which was appalling)

We all know you want a politicians' republic. At least you admitted that up to 1999 - since then you have been very coy about what you want. But don't spoil Australia Day for this.

And as for your campaign, just consider the following. 

[William Dargie's portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1954 ]

Well, at Parliament House Canberra the most popular  painting is not of any of the many politicians on display.

It's The Queen. By far.

Everyone wants to be photographed in front of The Queen of Australia.

Ross Peake reports in Fairfax on 23 January,2014  that a perspex cover has had to be placed in front of Sir William Dargie’s portrait of the Queen, known as the "Wattle Painting’’.