by PETER CONSANDINE © April 2013
In the pre-election climate obtaining, there are semblances of the kind of apprehension in the body politic that abounded in the republican referendum year of 1999. Perhaps this is because a percentage of the body politic are observing a general trashing of the place being perpetrated by a desperate Federal Labor government in its death throes.
Indeed, there is a palpable fear in the electorate-at-large that too much change – ALL too soon and unaffordable and potentially long-term damaging – is happening/taking place.
I probably have a keener awareness of the mood of the Australian electorate than most because, on average fortnightly, I conduct (usually) ALL-day Republican street meetings in the suburbs and townships of Australia – in ALL 6 States and 2 Territories. Actually, I have manned the Republican booths on 696 of the 698 street meetings staged by the REPUBLICAN PARTY of AUSTRALIA (RPA) since October, 1991 until the present time, Easter Holiday Weekend, 2013.
I am about to commence a nationwide street meeting schedule in tandem with my political party’s Federal election campaign and I expect to widely detect general resentment in the body politic with the doomed government of The Beguiler – as I refer to the country’s prime minister.
Obviously, a change to Australia’s constitutional arrangements will involve ALL manner of cost, dislocation and fear engenderment. However, I personally believe the coming of the Australian Republic will amount to a culturally-enriching, country-wide celebration for the masses/ALL community groups – the kind of overALL stimulating experience that I mostly enjoy (*I do get lots of flak from hostile monarchists – sometimes it gets quite violent and, in fact, flak from objectors to my Street Warriorism is on the rise) along the pathway I am forging week in – fortnight out.
I therefore think it is timely to revisit the arguments that were advanced in the lead-up to the failed first referendum to ensure that my party [The RPA] and its nationwide Membership and its supporters are sufficiently well-briefed to mollify and not (further) infuriate the ‘Angry Brigade’ of people – mainly monarchist men – who they will come across, sooner or later.
Back in the 1997 – 1999 years I was invited on numerous occasions to participate in talks, conferences, debates and the like on the reasons – WHY – Australia should become a REPUBLIC.
Some Answers, Reference Sources & Counterpoints from those days until the present days:
In the ‘NO’ case prepared by Australians for Constitutional Monarchy (ACM), there was absolutely no mention of the incumbent monarch.
Australia cannot possibly be seen by others in the world to have a discernibly Australian national identity when its Head-of-State is a foreigner who does not reside here and who takes time out from her British duties to visit these shores once every-so-often.
If Australians are so enamoured with ‘monarchy’ then why shouldn’t we/don’t we commence our own Australian royal house/line?
The Governor-General is not Australia’s Head-of-State…the Australian Governor-General is purely the representative in Australia of the British monarch – Australia’s constitutional Head-of-State.
To the nonsense, status quoist, viewpoint: “If it ain’t broke then don’t fix it”…the confident ‘Republican’ response would be/should be along the lines of: “Well, fob watches still work!”
To the nonsense, status quoist, viewpoint: “It’ll cost us a fortune which the country cannot afford – now or ever”…the confident ‘Republican’ response must be: “Democracy always comes at a cost to this nation; Yes, the changes involved with the conversion from monarchy to republic will come at a cost BUT it will be cost-beneficial for the republicanised nation in the medium-long term”. Moreover, the confident ‘Republican’ response must be: “there will be cultural, symbolic, inclusivist, aspirational and economic advantages for Australia to install it’s own Heads-of-State; to elect or appoint some of our own”.
To the nonsense, status quoist, viewpoint: “we have a ‘crowned republic’, already”…the confident Republican response, assertively must be: “there is no such thing as a ‘crowned republic’ – that is a sop…a ‘crowned republic’ is a contradiction in terms”.
To ensure that the second Republican referendum succeeds [*failure will NOT be an option], there must be a 3-Phase process (See: The RPAs position paper: ‘REPUBLIC DELAYED is REPUBLIC DENIED!’) guaranteed by a united Republican vanguard. This process – with absolutely no cutting of corners or shortcuttings – will stymie the united reactionary forces which will be, no doubting, brought to bear.
Of course, with the coming of the Australian Republic there will be an attendant Australian Charter of Rights, Responsibilities, Freedoms, Choices & Values.
Check Out The RPAs website for the Direct Election model for Peoples’ Sovereignty once the monarch cedes her sovereignty back to Australia and Australians on the website: www.therepublicans.com.au