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Knights and Dames restored; the reaction
Written by ACM   
Friday, 18 April 2014

Radio Australia reported that the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott's decision to reintroduce the official honours of Knight and Dame for pre-eminent Australians was mocked by the opposition Labor party and the Republican movement.
But Tony Abb.ott's surprise announcement was celebrated by monarchists.

This report is by Simon Lauder and includes speech and comment from the following :-

Tony Abbott, Prime Minister; Sam Dastyari, Opposition Senator; Kelvin Thomson, Opposition backbencher; Senator George Brandis, Liberal frontbencher; David Morris, National Director, Australian Republican Movement; and Professor David Flint, National Convenor, Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy

 

 

 

 
They arrive
Written by ACM   
Friday, 18 April 2014
Prince William holding his son Prince George and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, after they arrived arrive in Sydney on Wednesday, 16 April 2014. Photograph: Rob Griffith/AP
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Photo: Prince William holding his son Prince George and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, after they arrived arrive in Sydney on Wednesday. Photograph: Rob Griffith/AP
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Youth support for republic crashes
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Youth support for a politicians' republic has collapsed, according to a poll by Fairfax Nielson published on 16 April 2014.

Support among those aged 18-24 is 28%, with overall support 42%.

Support among those aged above 55 is 45%, for those between 40-54, 44% and between those aged between 25-39, 48%.

In the meantime ACM's convenor David Flint  re-issued a solemn warning on the Royal Visit, one he has been issuing since the nineties:

''Never stand between royalty and celebrity republicans. Otherwise you'll be knocked over in the rush.''  

 

 

  Photo: Support for a vague undefined republic (without any model) over 22 years as polled by Fairfax Neilson. Follow the blue line    

 
Hello Cambridges, bye-bye republic
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
"Say hello to the Cambridges, bye-bye to the notion of an Australian republic.''

So said the nation's highest circulating newspaper, the once republican Sunday Telegraph on 13 April 2014.

Support for a politicians' republic has been in decline across the polls and since the 1999 referendum - just go to the opinion polling section on our website norepublic.com.au.

Support is particularly low among the youth.

Whatever Australians see as not performing in the governance of our country, it is not our oldest institution, the Australian Crown.
 
At last, Bob Hawke blunder fixed up, while GGs properly recognized.
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

 

Knights & Dames The mainline media presented a near unanimous line on the awards to the present and former Governors- General, just as the great General Sir John Monash was recognized on the battlefield. Threatening that he would be damaged, they greeted the awards with ridicule.

They missed the fundamental fact that Bob Hawke's blunder had been finally fixed up.

In this piece first published in Quadrant Professor David Flint explains.



It was predictable that the commentariat and the republican politicians would deplore the restoration of knighthoods. The plaintive, almost anguished, cry of ”Why? ” as Tony Abbott concluded his press conference  said it all.

Reflecting the narrow, left-oriented world in which they live, commentators both deplored and ridiculed it. That reaction was entirely predictable.

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[ General Sir John Monash knighted by HM King George V ]

The real surprise was that so many eye-rolling members of the press corps came to the immediate conclusion that Abbott’s decision would damage him politically, perhaps even inflicting major harm on the Prime Minister’s standing with the voting public. The April Essential Poll soon corrected that, revealing  only 21% of voters strongly disapprove the restoration. That meagre figure emerged even after the commentariat had gone overboard in condemning the move. It needs no closer examination of the polling data to confidently assume that the critics and naysayers would never, ever vote for Abbott come hell or high water.

The commentariat had made the mistake of thinking the rank-and-file Australian has similar  interests and concerns to those who dwell in inner-city enclaves dominated by groupthink and fashionable opinion. Instead of taking an ideological position on the restoration, commentators should have objectively examined what Abbott had done, which was to have rectified an anomaly.

 

...Hawke's blunder - and the commentariat didn't even notice...

 

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On Auckland Harbour
Written by ACM   
Friday, 11 April 2014
Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Emirates Team New Zealand to match race each other on version 5 America's Cup Yachts NZL41 and NZL68. 11/4/2013 Chris Cameron 2014.
Photo: Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Emirates Team New Zealand to match race each other on version 5 America's Cup Yachts NZL41 and NZL68. 11/4/2013 Chris Cameron 2014
 
Auckland 11 April 2014
Written by ACM   
Friday, 11 April 2014
The Duchess and the Duke meeting Royal New Zealand Air Force families in Auckland and on the Harbour on Friday 11 April 2014 #royalvisitnz




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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. 




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St Georges Day 23 April 2014
Written by ACM   
Friday, 11 April 2014

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 The 2014 St Georges Day Dinner will be held at the Sir Stamford Hotel in Sydney on the evening of Wednesday 23rd April. To download the payment form, click here

 
Arriving at the State Reception Wellington
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 10 April 2014

Their Royal Highnesses and Their Excellencies arrive for the State Reception at Government House Wellington 10 April.2014

 #royalvisitnz

 
Prnce William addresses the State Reception Wellington, 10 April 2014
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 10 April 2014

The Duke of Cambridge's speech at tonight's State reception at Government House #royalvisitnz

 
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