A Royal Welcome
Written by ACM   
Friday, 11 April 2014
"...We are a free, prosperous and multiracial nation because British-style institutions, especially a stable constitutional monarchy, have served us well, declares Spectator Australia in its editorial "A Royal Welcome'', 12 April 2014...

''The royal visit of William, Kate and young George is warmly welcomed by most Australians.
''Meanwhile, although the keepers of liberal received wisdom take umbrage at Tony Abbott’s decision to restore knighthoods and damehoods to the lexicon of Australian honours, they take solace in thinking his unexpected move could reignite the republican cause. We doubt it. 









''At best bemused, at worst apathetic, the average Australian has greeted the news with a shrug...

''For all the indignation and juvenile parliamentary giggling, the simple fact remains that to most Australians there is no difference between a ‘welcome to country’ ceremony and the ceremonial knighting of a Governor-General. Both honour aspects of our shared history...

''As for our neighbours near and far, it is more than likely they envy rather than are bewildered by our constitutional monarchy...''