|Republican cringes at the Australian Flag|
|Written by Professor David Flint AM|
|Saturday, 28 January 2012|
A republican call has been made in an Australia Day piece in The Australian both for a new flag and a new anthem (“Let's use our national day to set national goals and make our country stronger,” 28/1).
Pending the realisation of some vague undefined politicians’ republic a “distant prospect” Australia Day should be “reshaped”.
He wants a purge of all of our national symbols, and cringes every time he sees the Australian Flag.
Mr Bramston has another proposal – one which will make most Australians laugh at its naïveté - to bring to Australia the US President’s State of the Union address to “set national policy goals for the year ahead and articulate a unifying vision for the nation.”
A unifying vision?
It is typical of republicans that they have little appreciation of the differences between a politicians’ republic like the US and our crowned republic.
So you get their oft repeated criticism that our constitution doesn’t even mention the prime minister. Why should it? It would only make some of them more – obsessed about their role and function than they already are.
We have a Sovereign, The Queen and a head of state, the Governor-General, both of whom are above politics. We have a head of government who is only first among equals – and is responsible to the House of Representatives.
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