Media Releases

  • FitzSimons Proposes New Flag

    27 January 2022 · 1 reaction

    “Peter FitzSimons has floated a new proposal for the Australian flag which would see the Union Jack replaced with the Aboriginal flag.” … “The move to ditch the Royal family would open up the opportunity for the country to decide on a new flag, over 120 years after Federation.” ( 27/1/22)

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  • "Don't mention the P-word"

    12 January 2022 · 1 reaction

    If the model released today by the Australian Republic Movement is the model to be voted on, were a referendum to be called, then monarchists will be able to sit back and watch republicans and politicians who want the parliament to appoint a president, battle with the ARM.

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  • PM Announces Platinum Jubilee

    01 January 2022 · 3 reactions


    In my email of the 22nd of December 2021, I mentioned that the Special Minister of State confirmed to me that the government will be celebrating the Platinum Jubilee in a manner that he is sure we will all agree with and that it will be a worthy tribute to the Queen.May I take this opportunity to wish you a very happy New Year. Let us all hope that we will see the end of the pandemic during this year and furthermore, that this New Year will bring many blessings to you and your family.

    It is now my pleasure to bring to you a formal announcement made by the Prime Minister and released a few minutes ago outlining just a few of the plans to be held by the government to honour the Queen in this, the year in which she will, in a few weeks’ time, reach 70 years as our sovereign.

    Her Majesty is already the longest reigning Queen and the fourth longest reigning monarch in known world history and in a few years’ time she will surpass Louis XIV who reigned for 72 years, 110 days from 1643 to 1715.

    We wish our very best to Her Majesty and I will shortly be in touch offering an opportunity for our members to send their greetings to this gracious lady who has been a part of our lives for so long.

    Yours sincerely

    Philip Benwell
    National Chair

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  • Federation Day - January 1st

    01 January 2022 · 1 reaction

    The Australian Monarchist League reminds all Australians that January the 1st marks the 121st anniversary of Australia’s end as six colonies of the United Kingdom and their joint establishment as a sovereign and independent nation. On that day the colonies, which became our six states, federated into one indissoluble union under the Crown and under a new constitution.

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  • Vale Prince Philip

    12 April 2021 · 1 reaction

    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.


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  • Vale Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

    09 April 2021 · 1 reaction

    9 APRIL 2021



    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.


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  • The Duke & Duchess of Sussex

    08 March 2021 · 1 reaction

    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.

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  • Walk of the Privileged

    22 February 2021 · 1 reaction

    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?””


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  • Republicans Reject latest Ipsos poll

    26 January 2021 · 1 reaction

    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.”


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  • Q&A - A Republic in Australia

    18 December 2020 · 1 reaction

    Question & Answer on a Republic in Australia
    Alice Scarsi, Royal Reporter,

    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.


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