Media Releases





8 August, 2018

“The Australian Republican Movement must stop bludging on students and behave like any other group and pay for facilities they use at Sydney University”, Chairman of the Australian Monarchists League, Mr Philip Benwell said today.

“The Sydney University student magazine has calculated that the republican dinner held last year, that cost $3,000 a table for guests, raised at least $35,000 from ticket sales so why don’t they pay the same $5020.40 everyone else would have to pay,” Mr Benwell said.

“Of course we all know why. Republicans do not regard themselves as ordinary people. They think are entitled to Special Treatment because they believe they are better than everyone else. It’s only poor pathetic Nobodies who pay Full Fare because they can’t use their Insider status in the University hierarchy as republican leader as Peter FitzSimons did to get this freebie.”

“Freedom of Information requests have revealed that republican Chairman Peter FitzSimmon’s was personally involved in soliciting the unusual freebie from the University.”

“It probably costs FitzSimons more than 5020.40 each to service his family’s Porsche so if he thinks his elite republican group can’t afford $5020.40 he could easily pay it himself,” Mr Benwell said.

“No way should the University be out of pocket as ultimately that means less money for the University to spend and that hurts students.”

“But if FitzSimon’s doesn’t want his family Porsche Runabout misfiring and running rough because he had to skip an annual service then his republican movement has plenty of cash. They should pay the bill. Billionaire gambling boss Jamie Packer gave them $250,000 so surely they can use some of that to pay their fair share and stop bludging on students,” Mr Benwell said.

“This disgraceful bludging on students so Virtue Signaling republican elites can enjoy a posh dinner with Kate Ceberano and Prime Minister Turnbull to entertain them without paying for the venue is symptomatic of this whole idiotic republican push,” Mr Benwell said.

“The republican push is merely a giant ego trip for self appointed elites like FitzSimons to big note themselves. Ordinary Australians have real issues to worry about like paying their power bills, keeping up to date with their mortgage and doing well in their job so it’s still there next year. A republic is a not a solution to any problem Australia faces. It’s just a problem for a problem we don’t have,” Mr Benwell said.



ARM Links with Shorten Labor

27 July, 2018

The Australian Republican Movement has established a campaign team with Shorten Labor to promote a republic.

In a notice dated 26 June 2018 the ARM has notified Labor Senators and MPs that they can “share local events directly with our local supporters and volunteers” and (we) “can connect your staff with local contacts and advice on local knowledge and skills.”

MPs and Senators are to provide information which would assist the republican movement in its self-styled republic campaign scheduled for September 1.

A number of Labor Party members have come to the Australian Monarchist League with concerns regarding the close association campaign-wise between the ALP and ARM. Acknowledged in a meeting chaired by the Labor spokesman for a republic Matt Thistlewaite was that the republican movement was struggling with female and culturally diverse demographics.

Whilst we understand that the basic use of taxpayer funding is possibly within guidelines, it certainly does not pass the ‘pub test’, not the least of which is because the Australian people overwhelmingly defeated a republic at the last referendum.

This is a case of the Labor Party using taxpayer funds, whether directly or indirectly, to promote an issue rejected by the Australian people.

Moreover, the question must be asked – is there a quid-pro-quo for republicans to be called upon to vote for Shorten Labor?

Whatever the case, the figures from the last referendum indicate that approximately one third of Labor voters voted against a republic. Most of these did not vote because they didn’t agree with the model; they voted because they did not want a republic.

These traditional Labor voters should consider their options at any general or by-election to send a message to Shorten Labor to stop tampering with our constitution and to get on with the job they were elected to do.



Republican Leader Peter FitzSimons is blind to Ordinary Australians concerns due to his life inside a Bubble of Extreme Wealth & Privilege

19July, 2018

“Republican Movement Leader Peter FitzSimon has totally ignored the welfare of Ordinary Australians who were victims of New Zealand criminals that Australia has wisely deported,” Mr Philip Benwell, Chairman of the Australian Monarchist League said today.

“FitzSimons elitism and indifference to Ordinary Australians was on full display in his recent guest role as an ABC TV Foreign Correspondent covering the issue of deporting New Zealand criminals from Australia,” Mr Philip Benwell said.

“Ordinary Australians don’t all live in salubrious and safe suburbs like Mosman as FitzSimons does. He benefits from intense & effective policing that keeps local crime levels extremely low.”

“FitzSimons needs to wake up and realize most Ordinary Australians also don’t live in multimillion dollar houses or have Porsche sports cars in their garage like his family does.”

“Lawlessness, criminality and anti-social behavior are daily problems too many Australians have to confront every day.”

“But FitzSimons ABC TV report focused almost exclusively on the hardships deported New Zealand criminals faced back in their homelands.”

“Not once did FitzSimons mention how the deportations are improving the daily lives of literally tens of thousands of law abiding Australians who no longer have these New Zealand criminals amongst them.”

“It never occurs to FitzSimons what a benefit it is to Ordinary Australians to get these criminals out of Australia as none of them could afford to live in his suburb. He is totally blind to this due to his elite and privileged lifestyle.”

“Not one Australian victim of the New Zealand criminals was interviewed for FitzSimons story,” Mr Benwell said.

“Clearly the concerns of Ordinary Australians don’t rank highly in this republican’s priorities.”

“It’s should also concern every Australian that a man so seemingly indifferent to serious threats to our national wellbeing, such as out of control illegal drugs distribution, is leading a push to radically rewrite our Constitution and usher in political chaos. He clearly has a poor sense of Australia’s National Interest,” Mr Benwell said.

“Praiseworthy actions of the Australian Government to disrupt the Rebels bikie gangs leading role in illegal drug distribution across Australia were ignored by FitzSimons in his TV report.”

“Instead FitzSimon’s focused on the challenges confronting a deported New Zealand Rebels member. This man had a “F... the Police” acronym tattooed on his neck.”

“He was locked up for months in Australian immigration custody despite committing no offense while being deported back to New Zealand. Most Australians would say “Good”,” Mr Benwell said.

“They support Home Affairs Minister Dutton’s determination to smash these criminal gangs.”

“But it seems FitzSimons life is lived too much inside a Lower North Shore Sydney bubble of privilege to care about this ongoing battle.”

“His privileged life makes him singularly unsuited to lead a push to radically rewrite our Constitution.”

“It’s Ordinary Australians, not him and his elite republic mates like Billionaire Jamie Packer, that will have to cope with the downside of the over 100 changes to our Constitution his Politicians Republic would entail.”

“Governments struggle now to deliver adequate services. They would do so much worse when all their focus is elsewhere. They would have uncertainty and new problems in areas no one previously had to worry about in the 100 years of our existing Constitution.”

“Anyone who doubts that needs only to look at the chaos we had had from the simple paragraph on MP’s citizenship requirements. These problems prove Constitutional law if fraught with difficulty. Some issues take decades or even a century to become settled law. Yet FitzSimons wants over 100 new changes to our Constitution. It’s a recipe for certain chaos.”

“But FitzSimons doesn’t care. “His life of privilege would shield him from it all.”

“FitzSimons TV report reveals him as a man totally oblivious to the concerns of Ordinary Australians. The narrow outlook his privileged life has fostered also explains why he focuses on something of such monumental insignificance to Ordinary Australians.”

“FitzSimons ought to get out into the real world a bit more. Then perhaps he wouldn’t waste his time on such an elitist esoteric and pointless campaign that steals oxygen from debates we should be having about the real problems confronting Australia,” Mr Benwell said.



Republicans September 1st Rally will be a “Big Day Out for Useful Idiots”

16 July, 2018

“The ARM’s September 1st rally will be a “Big Day Out for Useful Idiots,” Mr Philip Benwell, National Chair of the Australian Monarchist League said today.

“It takes a special kind of idiocy to think republicans have a clue what they are doing and support their cause.”

“Politicians had 120 years to read what a short paragraph in the Constitution on citizenship requirements for MP’s meant but they still totally botched it.”

“But despite this practical example of how quickly constitutional uncertainty can create political instability the republicans have learnt nothing. They now want us to take an oxy acetylene torch to our Constitution to make radical changes to it to create a Politicians Republic.”

“So far they have not produced a single clause to outline their Politicians Republic. But when they know what they want whatever they draft will still have our High Court working out what it means in 200 years.”

“If 120 years after Australians voted for a Constitution that very simply defined what an MP needed to satisfy to be eligible for parliament can produce so much political chaos imagine what chaos the perhaps 100 new changes to our Constitution required to create a republic will produce.”

“This is a recipe for a constitutional mess in Australia that we don’t need. It will create legal uncertainty, political instability, make the future difficult for business to plan for and in turn slow down the economy and cost jobs. It will retard the nation’s progress for absolutely no practical benefit whatsoever unless you are ashamed of Australia and it’s history.”

“The republicans will have us wasting time in the future solving new problems we never had until they got us solving supposed problems we really don’t have now.”

“Only people willing to be used as Useful Idiots by a self appointed republican elite will fall for it.”

“The republican movement is run by a self appointed elite who merely seek more power and influence for themselves by being part of some Vanguard for radical change in Australia.”

The elitist nature of the Australian Republican Movement is highlighted in the bizarre way their call for a local grass roots campaign to begin has come from their central office and sympathetic Federal MP’s”

“They cannot even start a grass roots campaign the right way,” Mr Benwell said.

This attempt at “Revolution from the Top” highlights everything that’s wrong with the push for a Politicians Republic.”

“September 1st is certainly not grass roots. There is no grievous problem that needs fixing or even a widespread groundswell to right a historic wrong.”

“All September 1st is about is the republican elites trying to whip up faux enthusiasm for a pointless cause amongst ordinary people they really only regard as Useful Idiots. If they can get enough of such people engaged they might finally get their pet cause noticed and finally taken seriously. The ALP know the Liberals are divided on the issue and are just playing politics.”

“If people are willing to pander to the republican elites already inflated sense of their own importance or to be used as pawns to merely create division in the Liberal Party then they are to be pitied.”

“Most Australians would just hope they soon grow up and be able to look around and one day realize it’s OK to be proud of Australia. What we have is working well and over nearly 120 years produced the most decent country on earth for an ordinary person to live in” Mr Benwell said.



Stop befuddling the people. Republicans must tell us what they propose.

14 July, 2018

The latest announcement that “The Australian Republic Movement will join with Labor, Liberal and Greens MPs to rally support for a republic..” (Australian 14/7/18) is an indication of how morally bankrupt our parliament is. All of these members and senators of the Federal parliament who are combining to do away with the Queen have actually sworn to ”.. be faithful and bear true allegiance..” to Her Majesty. Not, as republicans claim “the British Queen” but to the Queen as Queen of Australia.

Monarchists oppose a republic, not for the sake of the monarchy alone, but to retain the Australian Constitution, an Australian and not a British document formulated and voted upon by Australians and which continues to serve Australia well. It also blocks politicians from assuming total power which could well happen under a republic.

Republicans say they want an Australian citizen to become head of state. Whilst our constitution doesn’t mention head of state, who are earth do they think General Sir Peter Cosgrove is? Why don’t they come straight out and say they want a president heading a republic instead of trying to befuddle the people with their mantra of head of state.

There is no such thing as a minimalist republic. The last proposal required nearly 70 changes to our constitution and even that would not have worked. If republicans want to push for a republic then they should draft a new constitution and tell us how they propose to better what we already have.



Labor risks losing votes by pursuing republic.

29 June, 2018

The results of the 1999 referendum indicated that roughly one third of Labor voters voted against a republic. Many of these were traditional Labor who honour the Queen. We know this because a significant number of members of the Australian Monarchist League are Labor voters.

Aggressively pursuing moves to change to a republic will be a further reason for some Labor voters, who may be already upset at comments made by Bill Shorten over tax reform, the possibility of reducing or eliminating the health-insurance subsidy and other such matters, not to vote Labor.

Similarly #FoleysFolly, so named when Luke Foley launched an attack on Australia’s oldest public holiday, the Queen’s Birthday holiday, causing great concern amongst our Labor voting members.

Bill Shorten and Luke Foley should realise that roughly 72% of electorates, including many Labor seats, voted against a republic in 1999.



Shorten Confirms Labor Republic Campaign

10 June, 2018

John Donne wrote in the 16th century “For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.”

With his announcement that a move towards a republic should be progressed alongside a treaty with Australia's indigenous people, the bell could now be tolling for Bill Shorten.

Not only is this a huge blunder because support for a treaty and support for a republic derive from two entirely different sectors of the community. Besides, a referendum is not required for a treaty whereas it is for constitutional change.

Moreover, previous Labor leaders have recognised that approximately one third of Labor voters are monarchist and conservative traditionalists. We saw this in the 1999 referendum with traditional Labor vote against a republic and more recently with the high no vote in Labor electorates in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Many members of the Australian Monarchist League are Labor voters. They are in despair at the republican stance of their members of Parliament, both State and federal. They may be silent in any campaign but once in the secrecy of the polling booth they will make their vote count. With Mr Shorten linking a republic to the next Labor campaign, traditional Labor voters could well opt not to vote Labor on this occasion. Mr Shorten could well be facing the same sort of devastating defeat, due entirely to pushing his republican wheelbarrow, that Paul Keating faced in 1996.

The Australian Monarchist League has moved much of its operations online and we will be targeting Labor voters with a strategic online campaign not to vote Labor at the next election and send a message to Labor politicians that their support for a republic is ill founded. If the Coalition was led by a monarchist, then it could well gain from Labor’s loss, but it is not. It is led by a republican, for whom a republic is unfinished business. Even though Malcolm Turnbull claims now to be an ‘Elizabethan’ and a ‘Queen lover’, he has never ever approach the Australian Monarchist League to help in honouring Her Majesty on the 65th year since her Coronation or on any other occasion.

Mr Shorten has said "I think it's remarkable that over two centuries after first European settlement we are still borrowing a very worthy person but a monarch from another country." (AAP 10/6/18) He forgets, that in Australia the Queen is Queen of Australia and subject only to the Australian Constitution and to the advice of her Australian ministers. Moreover, we do not pay one cent to the Queen personally for being our sovereign head of state.





18 May, 2018

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters Inquiry into matters relating to section 44 of the Constitution have just released their report.

Committee Chair Senator Linda Reynolds said the report found that s. 44 was becoming increasingly undemocratic and that future referrals to the High Court would be inevitable.

“Problems with s. 44 are neither new, nor unforeseen,” Senator Reynolds said.

“20 years of Parliamentary Committee reports and a Constitutional Convention have all predicted that without constitutional reform to parts or all of s. 44, challenges would occur to otherwise qualified and validly elected Members of Parliament.”

The committee has made several recommendations, in particular recommending “that the Australian Government prepare a proposed referendum question to either:

- repeal sections 44 and 45 of the Constitution; or

- insert into sections 44 and 45 the words: ‘Until the Parliament otherwise provides…’

The Australian Monarchist League disagrees strongly with this. What the committee is recommending is essentially for Caesar to judge Caesar.

The fact is the Australian Constitution is there to protect the interests of the Australian people, not our politicians. The Constitution requires members of the federal parliament to be allegiant to Australia and Australia only. We should not forget that, unlike the State parliaments, it is the federal parliament which is tasked with legislating for the defence and foreign affairs of this country. It is important that our lawmakers have only the best interests of Australia at heart.

Whilst we have become a multi-racial society, that is no reason to hand our lawmaking over to persons whose allegiance is to one or more other countries.

Besides, if as the committee states “Problems with s. 44 are neither new, nor unforeseen,” why have so many members of the Parliament continued to stand for election whilst being ineligible? Why have the political parties not done their due diligence?

The Australian Monarchist League has recommended that there should be stronger penalties, such as a six-year ban on members of the Parliament found to be in breach of the constitution. It is not enough that these people, having failed to check that they are eligible to stand for the parliament under the current rules, now want to change them. It is also not enough that these people are able to simply resign from the Parliament only to stand again at a cost of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars to the taxpayer.

We have also found that the government has treated lightly with these constitution-breakers by allowing them to retain their entitlements during the period they were ineligible to sit in the Parliament. If ordinary citizens make an error in their application for Social Security benefits, the government will pursue them with a vengeance and yet these constitution-breakers are allowed to walk away without a blemish.

Section 44 was included by our Australian drafters in the Constitution for a purpose. That purpose is sole allegiance to Australia and that purpose remains. Whilst in 1901 all citizens within Australia were British - as were all citizens within the British Empire, that was changed by Acts of the British and Australian and other parliaments from 1948 onwards. However, whatever changes the Parliament has made to citizenship Acts should not affect allegiance being solely to Australia by our lawmakers.

Should there be a referendum to change section 44 of the Australian Constitution, the Australian Monarchist League will most likely oppose any change. I say ‘most likely’because, as a democratic organisation, formal opposition will be put to our membership in a plebiscite.





13 May, 2018

The High Court has cut across the more liberal thinking of politicians on the meaning of sole allegiance in section 44 of the Australian Constitution and has allowed them no latitude.

The relevant section reads:

“44. Any person who- (i.) Is under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights & privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign power.”

We should not forget that a major factor for the federation of the Australian colonies was to provide for defence of the continent. It was therefore important that sole allegiance be to Australia and not to a ‘foreign power’. This obligation on those who determine our foreign and defence policy remains. Those within the Australian parliament should be allegiant only to Australia and not share that allegiance with any other country. If they do not want to give up their allegiance to another country then they should not be serving in our federal parliament.

However, a number of politicians and leftist organisations are saying that the constitution must be amended as it conflicts with multicultural Australia. The fact is, people have come to this country, originally from the United Kingdom and over the past 50 years from around the world because of the stability and security our Australian Constitution provides - yes, even those only seeking job opportunities. If it were not for our constitution our politicians, whose main motivation is self-preservation, we could well have become a third world banana type republic.

It is because of our Constitution and the safeguards therein that has enabled a prosperous Australia to welcome people of all ethnicities, religions and socio-economic backgrounds to live in this country. It is not a reason because of this to change our constitutional arrangements.

The difference in interpretation of what a foreign power is today from what it was when the constitution was first promulgated is due to various Acts of the Australian parliament, not the constitution itself. Just because politicians have created the hole so many have fallen into because of their own ineptitude, is not a reason to change the constitution.

The Australian Monarchist League will be a strong advocate against such unnecessary change to the Australian Constitution.



Constitutional Referendum Unnecessary.

3 May, 2018

It is disappointing that the chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters has seen fit to voice her private opinion on Section 44 of the Australian Constitution prior to the release of the already delayed report of the committee.

Senator Reynolds is calling for a referendum to remove the requirement that members and senators of the Federal parliament should no longer be: “under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or (be) a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights & privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign power.” Whilst the underlying purpose may be to open the doorway for dual nationals to sit in the Parliament, what will occur, if Section 44 (i) is amended, will be the dilution of allegiance to Australia by future parliamentarians.

Citizenship is a creation of the Australian Parliament and it is the Acts of the Parliament which have been referred to by the High Court when determining what is a ‘foreign power’.

We would have preferred Senator Reynolds to have instead called upon the government to obey the Constitution and immediately refer all those considered to be ineligible to sit in the Parliament to the High Court for a determination instead of dilly-dallying around the issue because it does not want a series of by-elections which may show it in a bad light. This has resulted in people sitting and voting in the Parliament whilst ineligible under section 44 (i) of the Constitution.

There is also the matter of members of the House of Representatives causing unnecessary by-elections due either to their wrongful completion of the nomination forms or because they may decide to leave the Parliament. The taxpayer should not have to fund these by-elections and they should instead be paid for either by the subject member or by his or her party.

It is a downside of our democracy that there is clearly one rule for the politicians and another rule for the rest of us.



Keating Is Wrong

2 April, 2018

Letter to the Editor

The Australian

Paul Keating is wrong. He is wrong when he says that Prince Charles wants Australia to become a republic. He is wrong when he says Australia cannot be great when it “borrows the monarch of Great Britain.” (The Australian April 2, 2018)

Australia is already a ‘great’ nation, one to which people from throughout the world have lined up to become a part of, because of our Constitution under the Crown which has ensured that this country has had an unparalleled stability and security and thereby economic prosperity for well over a hundred years.

Let me give your readers a categorical assurance that the Prince of Wales is not pushing for a republic and never has. He, like the Queen, will always accept and support whatever the people may decide.

Keating is renowned for making outrageous statements like this.

Statements which he never backs up with fact.




 Brisbane Royal Walkabout

29 March, 2018

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive in Brisbane next Wednesday, the 4th April. There will be an official ceremonial welcome to Australia at Old Government House and this will be followed by a walk through the City Botanic Gardens scheduled to commence at 1:15 pm at the Gardens Theatre end of the Gardens.

Australian monarchists will be handing out Australian flags to the crowds that gather to greet Their Royal Highnesses.

The Prince of Wales is in Australia to open the Commonwealth Games on behalf of the Queen. After a number of engagements the Duchess of Cornwall will depart Australia on April 6th. His Royal Highness will thereafter tour Queensland and the Northern Territory on his own before departing on April 10th.

This will be the Prince of Wales 16th visit to Australia and the Duchess’s 3rd. It is his Royal Highness’s 7th visit to Queensland and her Royal Highness’s 2nd.

The Prince of Wales was of course in Australia in 1966 spending a term at Geelong Grammar School, including Timbertop. He therefore has a close affinity with Australia.

His Royal Highness’s Princess Trust does a phenomenal amount of work amongst young people including the indigenous and also in supporting defence personnel. You can visit The Princes Trust Australian website at:

Below is a brief itinerary of the Royal visit.


Philip Benwell

National Chair



April 4 - The Prince of Wales & the Duchess of Cornwall

12:50 pm Ceremonial welcome at Old Government House after their arrival to Brisbane. Thereafter at 1:15 pm yhere will be a walk through the City Botanic Gardens at the Gardens Theatre end of the Gardens.


April 4 - The Prince of Wales & the Duchess of Cornwall

Visit to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and meeting with Juiced TV.

April 4 - The Duchess of Cornwall

Hosting a tea to celebrate the Women of the Commonwealth as part of the WOW Festival.

April 4 - The Prince of Wales

Reception at Government House to celebrate his relationship with Australia over 70 years.

April 4 - The Prince of Wales & the Duchess of Cornwall

The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

The Prince of Wales

To attend swimming at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

The Prince of Wales

In Bundaberg for a community festival at the Bundaberg Rum Distillery hosted by the Premier.

The Prince of Wales & the Duchess of Cornwall

Meeting with Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove, Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten.

April 6 - The Duchess of Cornwall

Departs Australia.

April 7 - The Prince of Wales

Meeting with the President and Prime Minister of Vanuatu

April 7 - The Prince of Wales

Visits Port Vila on Efate in Vanuatu to learn more about the reconstruction which has taken place following the devastating impact of Cyclone Pam.

April 7 - The Prince of Wales

Visits the Chief's Nakamal and Port Vila Central Hospital, both of which were severely damaged by Cyclone Pam and have subsequently been restored.

The Prince of Wales

Visits the Royal Flying Doctors Service in Cairns

The Prince of Wales

He will watch the women’s basketball in Cairns

The Prince of Wales

Visits Nhulunbuy, on the Gove Peninsula, where he will learn about the work of Dhimurru Rangers who protect and preserve the land, meet the Gumatj Aboriginal Traditional Owners and view the work of local artists at the Yirrkala Arts Centre

The Prince of Wales

Visits a coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef. Attends a Roundtable on Coral Resilience with Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin.

The Prince of Wales

Visits the Daintree Rainforest.

The Prince of Wales

Visits Darwin. Tour the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre

The Prince of Wales

Visits Larrakeyah Barracks meeting soldiers and their families. (In 2015, Prince Harry was based at the barracks during a secondment to the ADF).

April 10 - The Prince of Wales

Departs Australia.



Monarchists Delighted at Next Week’s Royal Visit
27 March, 2018

The Australian Monarchist League is delighted that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be in Australia in just over a week’s time arriving on April 4, 2018. The Prince of Wales will be opening the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.

The Royal couple have a very busy itinerary before the Duchess departs on April 6. Thereafter Prince Charles will visit various parts of Queensland and the Northern Territory.

This will be the 16th visit of the Prince of Wales and the 3rd visit of the Duchess of Cornwall. Prince Charles was, of course, partly educated at Geelong Grammar School Timbertop.



Disgraceful Labor Motion. No Good Reason to Wait for Queen’s Death.
26 February, 2018


Julian Hill MP, Federal Labor Member for Bruce has issued a notice of motion “I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that this house acknowledge that there is no good reason to wait for the death of Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God, Queen of Australia and her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, in order to become a republic.” The notice was seconded by Graham Perrett MP Federal Labor Member for Moreton.

Both Hill and Perrett are relatively unknown MPs and we suppose that talking about the death of the monarch is one, rather macabre method of trying to get better known. Their constitutional commitment to bear true allegiance to the Queen seems to have gone by the wayside.

Last week the republicans issued a poll that they had themselves commissioned which unsurprisingly showed great support for a republic but there was very little interest amongst the media. Now we have this motion to come before the Parliament.

It seems that with so many issues facing the nation, there are constant attempts to endeavour to keep the divisive matter of a republic before the public, but it’s not going to work. The campaign by republicans is all about wordage, even hyperbole, and not about fact. Campaigners for a republic should realise that the nation has many other priorities far more important to it than tampering with a constitution that is working so well.

Australia has just gone through a potential political crisis with the prime minister and deputy prime minister at loggerheads. Even if the government had fallen, the administration of the nation would have continued on regardless. This is because we have a constitution based on the Crown which is above and not sullied by politics.



Staunch Republican Mooted to Become Governor of Western Australia

(Andrew Burrell , Australian 3/2/18)

It is rather ironic that a man who has been working to remove the Queen from the Australian Constitution since 1975 and who recently became a member of the advisory panel of the Australian Republican Movement, is now mooted to become the Queen’s representative in Western Australia.

The Queen is Queen of Western Australia and the job of the governor is to act as her representative in the State. As such he must give - and abide by - a loyal oath of allegiance to the Queen.

One wonders how such a strong republican can do all this in good faith and without appearing to be a total hypocrite.



Why Can't We All Honour Both the Indigenous People and the British Settlers of 1788?

25 January 2018

Australia Day should have nothing whatsoever to do with promoting a republic. It is a part of our history and celebrates the beginning of modern Australia. It also recognises the travails and tribulations that settlement brought as well as the obvious benefits created by the establishment of the rule of law and order and eventual Parliamentary governance under our own constitution. Australia is what the past made us and no one can undo it, not even republicans.

Whilst Australia Day has been celebrated in various forms for over 200 years, the public holiday is of recent origin having been declared so under the republican Keating government in 1994.

Changing the date is meaningless because, whatever day it is held on, the holiday will still commemorate the arrival of the first Fleet and everything that came thereafter. Besides, nothing change the fact that the British arrived in Botany Bay between the 18th and 20th of January, 1788 and then Port Jackson (Sydney) on the 26th and raised the British flag on Australian soil on that day. No one can rewrite that history. If republicans, the Greens and others are so much against what Australia Day means, then they should be talking about scrapping the holiday totally and not just changing the date.

Without the arrival of the British, undoubtedly the French would have claimed and occupied Australia, or a part thereof. British settlement led to the creation of a nation that opened its doors to migrants from around the world. If that settlement had not occurred most of us would not be here today, nor would we be enjoying the benefits of our modern civilisation. Many of those who seek to denigrate Australia and its way of life have been able to flourish under our parliamentary democracy and under the Crown which not only provides the freedom - but also encourages - all people to speak their mind.

Instead of denigrating the early colonialists, we should be applauding them because it is due to their hard work that we are able to enjoy a lifestyle almost unparalleled in the world.

The debate over Australia Day has been polarised between those who accept the facts and those who wish to rewrite our history. Why can’t we all honour both the indigenous people as well as those brave colonialists of 1788? Why can’t we show regret for the bad actions of the past as well as pay tribute for the good?

Australia Day is therefore a day to recognise all Australians, old, not so old and new.




Indigenous Leaders and a Republic

24 January 2018

A number of indigenous leaders have attacked Australia Day and at the same time come out in support of a republic, most probably because they feel they will get a better deal under a president. They are sadly mistaken.

Under the Crown, all Australians are equal regardless of race, religion or social standing. The Queen and the Prince of Wales and now his sons make it a special point to include a visit to one or more aboriginal communities. This is because they recognise the importance of the indigenous people in Australia.

The Prince of Wales takes a special interest in Australia through his Prince’s Trust in Australia which, amongst many other activities, endeavours to assist indigenous communities. It has partnered with the EON. Foundation for remote Indigenous communities and schools, providing an early intervention, nutrition-based healthy lifestyle and disease prevention program focused on young Indigenous Australians and their families.

Would a president, particularly a politician president, care so much other than to get votes?
Aboriginal leaders are woefully misguided if they think a republic is going to help them as are the Greens and all those who believe a republic will bring in a utopian period for this country. All it will bring is a greater political control and more expense.



The One Day Earlier Campaign

Those who are promoting changing the date of Australia Day by just one day from the 26th January to the 25th January are sadly mistaken if they think it would make one iota of difference to those groups attacking Australia Day because they are not really attacking the date but everything that British settlement means to them. They want to abolish Australia Day totally and once they have done that they will then start on the Australian flag and other symbols and traditions of our Australian heritage including our system of constitutional monarchy.

The 26th January represents the date that the First Fleet sailed into Port Jackson (Sydney) Harbour. However, the Fleet actually arrived in Australia on the 18th/20th January at Botany Bay, so changing the date makes no difference whatsoever. After all, the Queen’s Birthday holiday is not actually held on Her Majesty’s real birthday but is a date chosen to suit the calendar. In most States the date is in June but in Queensland it is in October and in Western Australia in September but, whatever the date, it is still a celebration of the birthday of our sovereign head of state.


Monarchists write to prime minister regarding Labor’s Spokespersons for ‘An Australian Head of State’.

18 January, 2018

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP 
Prime Minister
Parliament House

Dear Prime Minister

We understand that Mr Matt Thistlewaite MP, who bears the strange title ‘Shadow Assistant Minister for an Australian Head of State’, will shortly be embarking upon an 18 month campaign touring Australia promoting the removal of the Crown from the Australian. Constitution.

We request that you ensure that there be no use whatsoever of taxpayer monies to fund any expenses in relation to Mr Thistlewaite’s travel and other dealings to promote a republic. This would include any allocation of parliamentary allowances. There is no minister for an Australian head of state and therefore nothing for Mr Thistlewaite to shadow and no legitimate reason for the opposition to use taxpayer funds for this purpose.


Turnbull Proposes Postal Survey to Reignite Republic
1 January 2018

Malcolm Turnbull today forecast holding a postal survey on a republic to ‘reignite the debate’ ( 1.1.18). 

Arranging a postal survey is a ministerial, not a parliamentary decision. There is no need for any debate and it is the government, or rather the prime minister, who decides the question to be asked. There is no funding for a yes or no case. Indeed, there is no yes or no case other than that managed and funded outside the government. A legal challenge on the use of a survey not approved by the parliament was rejected by the High Court in the same-sex marriage issue.Whilst the prime minister continues to say ‘only when the Queen dies’, did not he also emphatically state just over a month ago that there would be no Banking Royal Commission one day and then appoint a Banking Royal Commission the next? He had also said in 2016 "The other point I would make is that what political parties say they will support and oppose at one time is not necessarily ultimately what they will do," 

Now having before him a mechanism he can use to his advantage to manipulate a mandate from the people, why wouldn’t he try and finish what he started 25 years ago? Most people voting in such a survey would really have no concept of the implications of what they are actually voting on unless there is also a year-long nation-wide civics education programme for all Australians including an in-depth and totally impartial explanation of the role of the Queen and the Crown within our Constitution prior to such a survey vote.

However, the release of the 1994/95 papers of the Keating cabinet clearly show that the whole process of bringing on a republic was a total farce costing the taxpayer well over a hundred million dollars. A president of a republic would be either elected by the parliament or by the people. According to cabinet discussion there is no way that they wanted a president elected by the people as such a president could countermand their authority but they also knew that a proposal to appoint a president by the parliament (one of their own) was likely to fail: “Public opinion polls … suggest that any mechanism for appointing a head of state short of direct election will be controversial.”

And yet they went ahead and failed. They blamed not themselves but the people who voted no “they got it wrong” some said. They also blamed the prime minister who actually put to the people the proposal essentially put forward by the Australian Republican Movement. Malcolm Turnbull actually stated “He was the Prime Minister who broke this nation’s heart”

Comments now released in the 1994/95 papers clearly show the dangers of becoming a republic as have statements made by former prime minister Paul Keating against a directly elected president. Mr Keating has also been quite aggressive about the prime ministers who followed him in not pursuing a republic, but then he himself shied away from holding a referendum during his 5 years in government. We now know, from the Executive papers, that he represented a disunited cabinet on this issue, as will Malcolm Turnbull if he pursues a republic.



Indoctrination in Schools Is Rife

Issued 27/12/17

The incident of the Brisbane high school accused of indoctrinating its students with politically biased assignments is not, we fear, unusual.
For many years the teaching and the marking of students right up and through university level has been based on the bias of the teacher or the lecturer rather than on the student’s knowledge of English and grammar and ability to reason.

This, combined with a lack of an accurate civics education has led to a community that has little knowledge about how our system of governance works, what the role of the Queen is within our Constitution, or indeed anything about our constitution other than the generally pro-republican commentary of the teacher. Obviously students know that we have a prime minister and a parliament, but not how they fit into our constitutional arrangements.

With calls for another referendum to establish a presidential form of government, the Australian Monarchist League is calling for an effective civics education programme to be put into place otherwise we will have generations of Australians voting on the future of this country with little knowledge of what they are actually voting to remove, let alone replace it with.


Republic of the Elites - Again

Issued 15-12-17

News (The Australian 15-12-17) that the Australian Republic Movement is to announce the establishment of a high-level advisory panel including a number of politicians and big-businessmen comes as no surprise because the campaign for ‘an Australian head of state’ has always been all about politicians and big business controlling the top job.

The fact is, whilst the Queen is our sovereign head of state, the Governor-General acts in that role as our executive head of state. This is because our government is constituted under the Crown. Our current Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, is above politics and acts only in the interests of the nation. Could one ever say the same about any of the potential contenders for president? Also, importantly, no one can control the Governor-General.

The most important active office in the land is that of the head of government, the prime minister. Both the viceregal office and that of the prime minister have been occupied by Australians for decades.

Politicians will always protect the political interest. Big business will always protect big business. Who in this so-called republic is ever going to protect the rest of us?


The Dastyari Saga

Issued 13-12-17

Politicians Should Put National Interest Before Party

The pre-resignation comments of Senator Sam Dastyari indicate what is wrong with the Parliament and indeed politics in general today.

The Senate was established to represent the interests of the States in a federation. This is why each State elects 12 senators regardless of its population. This is why Tasmania, with a population of only 515,000 is able to elect the same number of Senators as New South Wales with a population of 7,554,000.

The comments of Senator Dastyari were all about what is best for the Labor Party whereas any politician should be talking about what is best for the national interest and Senators should also be talking about what is best for the State they represent rather than the political party they belong to.

Adversarial politics as opposed to all elected politicians working for the national interest are damaging the way in which our system of parliamentary democracy is working. Australia is saved from the worst influences deriving from the resulting chaos because our Constitution is based on the Crown and therefore insulated from political control.

We can do nothing about the rise of the political parties and the tight rein the whips of each party exercise over their members but every politician elected to office must be reminded of the great honour done to them by their election and that they are there to serve the people first and foremost regardless of party affiliation.

Each federal politician is required to swear or affirm true allegiance to the Queen and to the Constitution before taking their seat. Allegiance to the Queen is allegiance to the Crown and through the Crown to the people. Most politicians, however, treat their oath or affirmation as mere words not worth bothering about. How then, can we expect such politicians to be allegiant to the people who elected them in the first place?