Vale Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
When, in 2015, the then Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, nominated Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, for an Australian knighthood it created outrage mainly amongst the media and politicians which the people generally joined in. You see, most people at the time knew little about the enormous work that Prince Philip had achieved in Australia nor did they know of his love for this country which he had first visited in 1940 as a midshipman on the battleship Ramilles. He took up his shore leave and went into the bush and worked as a jackaroo so he could learn about the essence of the country. He was back in 1945 and I can recall older members talking about bumping into him in Sydney, just walking along George Street and elsewhere.
9 APRIL 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VALE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH
10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021
The Australian Monarchist League tonight mourns the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip,
Duke of Edinburgh, who has died aged 99 at Windsor Castle.
This evening the interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex by Oprah Winfrey will air and will generate a huge amounts of media sensationalism. I have already been inundated with interviews and have taken a strong stand in support of the position of the Queen.
Government House staff asked to do the ‘Walk of the Privileged ‘.
It has come to our attention that staff in government departments and also in the office of the Governor-General in Canberra have been asked to undertake what is called a 'privilege walk' supposedly “in a bid to learn about their ‘privilege’ power and stamp out unconscious bias.” During this walk it appears that staff participating will be asked to take a step forward if they speak English as a first language, if they are right-handed or if they can get band-aids for their skin tone - meaning "are they white?””
The ARM has rejected the latest poll conducted by Ipsos because it shows a marked decline in support for a republic. They have, instead, pointed to last year’s YouGov poll which showed better results for them. However, the Australian Monarchist League claims that the question asked in the YouGov poll was particularly slanted to produce a higher republican vote whereas the Ipsos poll asked plain and simple questions.
Philip Benwell, National Chair of the Australian Monarchist League (AML) said “It is typical of republicans to reject out of hand a poll which has shown a decline in support for them rather than learning from it to better their performance which is what we have always tried to do.”
Question & Answer on a Republic in Australia
Alice Scarsi, Royal Reporter, Express.co.uk
Q: I have recently noticed one republican group in Australia has experienced an increase in membership. Which factors do you think may have contributed to this growth?
A: We are fully aware that the Australian Republic Movement are claiming an increase in their membership. However, we shouldn’t forget that it has paid staff with administrative and online technical expertise, funded mainly by big-business, working continuously to push their cause.
On the other hand, the Australian Monarchist League has no paid staff and operates solely with the support of volunteers. We are reliant on small donations from our membership and receive no corporate contributions.
Our social media platform, our website together with our administration are all managed on a voluntary basis and yet this past year we have been experiencing a rise in membership and a greater interest from the general public in supporting the Australian Constitution.
Whilst a republic is not an official issue with the government and is low on the list of priorities of people in general, it is probable that the pandemic and the previous lockdowns in this country have led people to browse more online and express their interest in either our system of constitutional monarchy or in change to a republic.
The Australian Monarchist League is of the opinion that it is not appropriate for the Prince of Wales to be making comments of a political nature.
There is a lot of information and misinformation being bandied about in regard to what is called ‘The Great Reset’. It has also attracted a lot of conspiracy theories leading to attacks, particularly by Sky News, on the Prince of Wales who unveiled the movement in May 2020 on behalf of the World Economic Forum along with its director and founder Klaus Schwab.
Subject: Absolute Bias in Selection of Panel & Presentation
Comments: Re- Q&A 9/11/20
The Q & A session of 9 November 2020 was listed as: “On the agenda: the US election, implications of the Queensland election, the 45th anniversary of Gough Whitlam’s dismissal, the Commonwealth Integrity Commission proposal and national secrets. Jenny Hocking ‘s long campaign finally forced the National Archives to release correspondence between Sir John Kerr and Buckingham Palace, letters the Queen had intended be kept secret. Her book The Palace Letters raises questions about the role of the monarchy in Australia, and the public’s right to know our own history. Time for a Republic?”
Much Ado About Nothing
This morning’s Australian newspaper’s front-page article was headlined: “Prince Charles backed Sir John Kerr on dismissal of Gough Whitlam”. Now we all know that newspapers create fictitious headlines to get a reader’s attention and this is no different.
Australian Republicans are making much out of the announcement in Barbados that it will be a republic in 2021. This is even though Barbados is in a totally different situation to Australia as there will be no referendum of the people, as I understand it, with the decision made by the (almost) one-party parliament in which the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) holds 29 of the 30 seats servicing a population of under 300,000.