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  • Letter to Members July/August 2021

    26 July 2021 · 1 reaction

     

    AML Newsletter – July/August 2021

    With Sydney in lockdown and unlikely to end soon, we have been unable to proceed with a proper newsletter for July/August or to send out receipts. We are, therefore, emailing this mini-newsletter to keep in touch and to update our members and supporters on what is happening - monarchy wise.

    I would mention that whilst we are headquartered in Sydney, we are not a Sydney centric or NSW organisation but a national one. Our Executive is from Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide and Sydney and our National Council comprises people from all States.

    Having said that, we do receive comments that most activities appear to be in Sydney with sometimes no activities in other States. Whilst it is true that the National Office does hold fund-raising activities in Sydney to help finance our national operations, we have faced a major problem in most States that whenever an event is organised most people are busy and only a few people actually turn up often leading to a significant loss of funds for us. Of course, we would dearly love to have more functions and events throughout the country if only they were adequately supported by our membership. However, once we are able to, we will try again to organise activities and hopefully, they will be well attended.

    In Sydney, the Queen’s Birthday Dinner held on Friday 11 June was a huge success. Our chief guest, former prime minister, the Hon Tony Abbott AC, spoke exceptionally well, and a certificate of life membership of the League was presented to him by Senator the Hon Eric Abetz, our Deputy National Chairman.

    Large functions are generally held in Sydney only because numbers can be guaranteed. These functions are open to members throughout Australia and a number of people flew in from other States to attend the Queen’s Birthday Dinner.

    We have planned a dinner on August 27 with Senator the Hon. Matt Canavan and have opened a page to accept RSVPs only at this stage. You can access this at: Dinner with Senator Canavan  However, given the likelihood of an extension of the current lockdown in Sydney, we will probably have to reschedule. RSVPs will be the first to be contacted when we do reschedule.

    Some people question why we have politicians at our functions. It is very important that we reach out to supportive members and senators of the Federal parliament as it will be there that a vote will be taken at some time in the future on a republic referendum and we are going to need people in the parliament to speak up for our safe and secure system of constitutional monarchy. It is regrettable that since the Labor Party has as a policy the bringing on of a republic, no Labor politician will support us. We have only had one Labor Senator, Joe Bullock (pictured below), who has championed our cause but he had to resign from the parliament because he could not bring himself to vote for certain Labor policies.

    On Saturday, November 6 the League will be holding its annual conference, again, due to the need to guarantee numbers, in Sydney. We have a number of top guest speakers, and you are able to RSVP at AML 2021 National Conference.


    The most recent AML Annual Conference

     

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  • Letter to Members - May 2021

    15 May 2021 · 2 reactions


    The Queen’s 95th Birthday Raffle

    To help us meet our increasing bills, we are holding a raffle comprising six 95th Birthday Coins minted
    by the Royal Mint in the UK including a £5 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin Limited Edition costing £167.50.

    The reverse of the coin features The Queen’s own words ‘My Heart and My Devotion’ as an inscription.

    Tickets are $5 each. A form is enclosed with this mailing or you can go online at:
    Queen's Birthday Coin Raffle  (ABN 50 476 001 156)

    The Queens Platinum Jubilee Petition

    We have established an online petition e-petition calling on the Australian Parliament to establish an
    all-party group to prepare nation-wide celebrations honouring the Queen on her Platinum Jubilee. The petition can be accessed here: Platinum Jubilee Petition

    Please give consideration to supporting this this important initiative. Over 500 signatures have already
    been collected since we went online a couple of days ago.


    Our Online Activities

    Many of our activities are now held online thus enabling us to reach thousands more people than by mail but please be assured that we will always post information to those of our members not on email.

    Our website is based on a very complicated intuitive (and expensive) platform and occasionally errors do happen both due to a fault in the complex structure of the website or because a user has not input correct information or clicked on the wrong button. Once we become aware we move to resolve the problem at the earliest opportunity. However, our web experts are volunteers and sometimes things do take time, so I ask those members and supporters who do encounter a problem to please not get angry or rude as some do – one writing accusing us of an “administrative bungle” and another making far worse comments. Please understand that your volunteers are all doing our best to, together, further the cause of Liberty under the Crown.

    Submission Regarding the Australian Curriculum

    The Australian Monarchist League will be making an important substantial submission to the Department of Education, Skills & Employment in regard to the proposed Australian curriculum.

    On the 12th of June 2020, a review of the Australian curriculum was initiated to ‘refine and reduce the amount of content in all eight key learning areas and reflect the goals of The Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration.’ That declaration was made in December 2019 following a meeting of Federal and State Education Ministers and sets out a national vision for education and the commitment of Australian Governments to improving educational outcomes.

    This is the first time the Australian curriculum has been reviewed in its entirety. The greatest proposed change is in the humanities curriculum where indigenous history, culture and perspectives have replaced teaching on western civilisation, including Australia’s colonial history.

    The curriculum will teach students that the arrival of the First Fleet was ‘an invasion’ and will teach the impact of invasion, colonisation and dispossession of lands by Europeans on the First Nations peoples of Australia such as frontier warfare, genocide, removal from land, relocation to ‘protectorates’, reserves and missions. There will be an emphasis on the significance of (pre-colonial) trade to ‘First Nations People of Australia’ and ‘the sophistication and significance of First Nations Australians complex societies and cultures, changing social organisation and political and economic systems.’

    In secondary school, students will no longer be taught that Australia has a ‘Christian heritage’ but will instead learn that Australia is a ‘culturally diverse, multi-faith, secular and pluralistic society with diverse communities, such as the distinct communities of First Nations Australians’.

    In no way does the League object to the correct and truthful teaching of the history and culture of the Indigenous peoples but we do object to what is, in effect, the obliteration of the British influence based on Judeo-Christian teachings. In this regard, we do not mean religious education but rather those Judeo-Christian teachings which are the bedrock of Australia’s modern-day culture. For instance, the Ten Commandments formed the first English Constitution and law and thereby became the basis of Australia’s own Constitution and law.

    At present Australia currently ranks 15th in science, 16th in reading and 29th for maths and lags behind countries such as Poland, Portugal and Slovenia. We believe Australia’s ranking will fall even further down the line if students are taught to deny the western history of their country.

    Should any member with legal drafting expertise wish to assist us in making our submission, please contact email us at [email protected]

    Complaint Regarding the ABC Q&A Programme bias

    On the 9th of November 2020, ABC’s Q&A programme opened a discussion on the issue of a republic. The entirety of the panel was comprised of republicans, including Malcolm Turnbull. On 10 November I lodged a formal complaint with the ABC and on 20 January 2021 they responded to say Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to represent every possible viewpoint on every issue..”
    We therefore lodged a complaint with the Australian Communications and Media Authority who responded on 23 March 2021 stating “In assessing this matter we noted that the relevant segment made up a small proportion of the programme, the format of the programme is well known to audiences and an ordinary reasonable viewer would likely be aware that there are a variety of views on the subject of an Australian republic, as it has attracted widespread media coverage over time, and was the subject of a national referendum in 1999. Taking into account these factors and noting the Code requirements for impartiality (as above), we will not be taking further action.”

    Whilst no action was taken, complaints such as this are logged and eventually the more complaints that are made, the more likely there is that action will be taken.

    It is important that whenever a television station shows bias in its reporting on the issue of a republic that we lodge complaints firstly with the station and then with ACMA. To do this we need accurate information to be provided to us by viewers. That information should include:
    - The title of the programme
    - The date on which the programme was aired.
    - The time of the programme
    - The substance of the comments made.

    Republicanism by Stealth
    Question Raised in Parliament over High Court Educational Website

    The High Court recently established an educational website: https://www.australianconstitutioncentre.org.au/ and whereas we obviously agree with any government-related organization educating properly on the Australian Constitution we strongly disagree with any such body moulding their comments to totally ignore the fact that our Australian Constitution was established under the Crown and that we are, as a consequence, a constitutional monarchy. Regrettably, this is the case with the High Court’s Australian Constitution Centre.

    The Australian Constitution is based on The Crown which is the legal embodiment of executive, legislative, and judicial governance in this country and the monarch is the living embodiment of the Crown.

    However, in their description of the Australian Constitution on their website: (https://www.australianconstitutioncentre.org.au/) the High Court have pursued a republican stance by eliminating virtually all reference to the Crown and the Queen putting forward the Constitution as a stand-alone document. This is even though the Chief Justice and other Justices are required to swear or affirm allegiance to the Queen:

    On the website there is also a video of a boy and a girl on a train travelling to the reading of the Proclamation of the Constitution at Centennial Park, Sydney on 1 January 1901. Neither of the children made any mention of the Crown or that we were established as a constitutional monarchy. There were also several errors that we had raised in our criticism of the text.

    We are, of course, not saying that the High Court should promote the monarchy v republic, but rather tell the story of our constitution as it is and not pursue a republican pathway by obliviating any reference to the Crown and the Queen. It would have been helpful to explain the role of the Crown and what it actually is.

    As a result of our concerns, the following questions on notice were recently placed before the Australian parliament by Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz

    “Reference is made to the High Court’s constitution centre website.
    1.
    a) Does the website acknowledge the Australian Constitution was established under the Crown?
    b) If not, why not?
    c) Does the chart of Australian governance omit the Queen as the head?
        On the website there is a video re-enacting a boy and a girl travelling to the Proclamation of
        Federation. The boy says words to the effect “The English arrived with boatloads of convicts”.
    a) Is it correct that in the First Fleet 54% of arrivals were convicts?
    b) Is it also correct that the First Fleet included people other than English?
        If so, why was this omitted?
        The boy in the aforementioned video also asserts the Vikings introduced the idea of the Parliament.
        Does the boy in the aforementioned video also refer to the Magna Carta as England’s first book of rules?
    b) If so, is this correct?
    c) Did Alfred the Great write down the laws of England several hundred years earlier?

    We await the response.

    This matter and that of the ABC complaint are just two instances of the constant watch kept by your AML officials on republicanism by stealth and our actions taken against them.

    The Republicans

    Whilst the republican movement has appeared to be fairly quiet in recent times this is not because it is inactive but rather that the issue of a republic is not of interest to the media at this stage. We should not forget that we are in the 24-hour news cycle where news is momentary and subject to the opinion of the journalists, generally biased and often incorrect.

    However, from the regular updates we get on what the republicans are doing, we do know that they are mobilising their members to reach out to others in the community, which is something many monarchists seem loath to do, although, due to our online activities, we have been rapidly growing in membership and outreach.

    The Next Federal Election

    Within the next 15 months there will be a federal election and political parties are pre-selecting candidates. It is important that any member of the Liberal party who is a monarchist asks candidates what their position is on a republic. Some will say they are republicans and others will say they are constitutional monarchists, but the majority will hedge. These are, or are as bad as, republicans. In the last election a number of republicans were elected as parliamentary members of the Liberal party and all seem to have an agenda for radical change.

    There are now senior members of the cabinet who openly speak about tearing down our safe and secure system of constitutional monarchy and replacing it with a political president. Needless to say, such people should never have been elected under the banner of the Menzies party and the preselection process is an opportunity for ordinary members of the Liberal party who support the constitution to ‘out’ those who would seek to destroy it.

    At this stage, I would remind everyone that the Australian Monarchist League is not aligned to any political party. As with the Queen and the Crown, we are above politics. However, whereas the Coalition parties have outspoken monarchists amongst them, the Labor Party does not allow anyone who may want to support the constitutional monarchy to do so. Such is the democracy they portray.

    Over the past year and more we have seen a greater repression of the liberties of the people in the interests of keeping them safe. It is up to each one of us to ensure that when such rules are no longer necessary, they are dispensed with and never, ever used to bolster the authority of government.

    The March of the Marxists

    Marxist is a term not widely used nowadays. It is another word for communism. Fabianism is also a word not generally known but they were established in the late 19th century to bring about Marxism through peaceful means. They have achieved much of what they set out to do mainly through control of education, the media and international bodies such as the United Nations.

    In recent years we have seen the rise of social activism in various forms including Cancel Culture, GetUp, Extinction Rebellion, Black Lives Matter, Antifa and other such entities. At present they have been directed towards establishment and conservative groups, including the Liberal party. You may have noticed that the exposés on recent scandals have all been within Liberal ranks whereas anything touching Labor or the Greens has been largely ignored.

    However, their focus will, sooner or later, be directed onto removing the constitution and replacing it with chaos. It is due to the Australian constitution that Australia is a free and democratic nation which seems to be an anathema to these people.

    You may quite rightly question why, if we are 'free and democratic' are our politicians exercising such arbitrary control. The fact is, they can only do so with the compliance of the people. However, there are constitutional lines that they must not cross which is why so many politicians support a republic that they can better control.

    Your AML is keeping a close watch on the rise of social activism and the danger it poses to the safety and security of our system of constitutional monarchy. We are looking at including lectures on this subject at our national conference to be held on the 6th of November 2021 in Sydney.

    It is also important that those groups, mainly conservative, which are likely to be targeted by social activists liaise together for it is only by a show of united strength that we will be able to defend and protect our constitutional arrangements.

    The Australian Monarchist League is not a social organisation, although we do have social functions, nor could it be said that we are royalist in that we idolise everything that is royal. Our purpose is to educate on the Australian constitution and come to its defence whenever it is under attack. We honour the Queen as both the monarch and the Crown are fundamental to our system of governance as it is only through the system of constitutional monarchy that absolute power is blocked to politicians leaving them free to run the country but never as a dictatorship.

    We, in Australia, are unique within the Westminster system as it is only the Australian people, not the politicians as in the UK and other countries which have adopted the Westminster system who have the power to change the constitution .

    It is important that the people realise this and accept the responsibility they have of protecting the constitution, for it lies in their hands and their hands alone.

    Helping the Australian Monarchist League

    Over the years the Australian Monarchist League has done more than anyone will ever know to protect our constitutional system. Politicians are aware that we, and hopefully others will rise to oppose any attempts to unnecessarily tamper with the Australian constitution. Even the republican Rudd/Gillard/Turnbull governments moved away from pursuing constitutional change.

    Crowds with Australian Flags greeting the Queen.
    The League itself purchases and distributes thousands of flags on such occasions.

    We have been able to do so much due to the support of just a few of our members who donate generously and to whom we are deeply appreciative. If more of our members would donate just a few dollars a month, it would all add up and assist us from going into debt as we often have to do. If those who just receive our emails opted to join, that would also help us to do and achieve more.

    Over the years we have received a few bequests which have enabled us to do so much. One bequest actually helped us organise for the first visit of Prince William in 2010. For several decades we have been distributing Australian flags to the public to wave whenever there has been a royal visit. It may not seem much but the impact on the Royal visitor is huge.

    Another bequest enabled us to establish our library and yet another assisted with our first professional website which helped us to reach out to the younger generations.

    If you would like to know more about making a bequest to the Australian Monarchist League, please contact us at: [email protected] or write to us at P O Box A1213, Sydney South NSW 1235.
    If you would like to make a donation, or a regular monthly contribution, you can do so at: Making a Contribution

    If you are not already a member, you can join at: Membership Information

    But don’t worry if you are unable to assist. We will always do our best to be there to uphold the Australian constitution and our Australian values.

    Yours sincerely


    Philip Benwell
    National Chair

     

    The Vote of Condolence in the Federal Parliament

    TRANSCRIPT
    11 May 2021

    PRIME MINISTER: Mr Speaker, I move that an address to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the following terms be agreed to.

    We, the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia received with great sorrow the news of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

    On behalf of the Australian people, we express deep sympathy to Your Majesty and other members of the Royal Family, and give thanks for a remarkable life dedicated to service, devotion and commitment.

    Mr Speaker, for almost 80 years, Prince Philip served the Crown, his country and our Commonwealth.

    He was part of a generation that we will never see again. A generation who defied tyranny, who won a peace, and built a liberal world that protects and favours freedom. A generation who found meaning in service over self and to whom we owe so much.

    Prince Philip, as consort to the Monarch, is said to have remarked “constitutionally I don’t exist”. That, no doubt, is true. But it belies the Prince’s lifelong support of the Queen and as an exemplar of a life of service.

    In Her Majesty’s own words, Prince Philip was her ‘strength and stay’.

    Married a remarkable 73 years. Remarkable in any time and any context, but even more remarkable, under an unrelenting public gaze.

    It was a romance that began when he was a young officer in the Royal Navy.

    Prior to war, he graduated top of his class at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. At 21 he was the youngest 1st Lieutenant in the Royal Navy. Like so many others, the war had tempered this young Lieutenant. It forced him to confront who he was, what he valued and how he would live.

    As he wrote after War’s end to his betrothed: “To have been spared in war and seen victory, to have been given the chance to rest and to readjust myself, to have fallen in love completely and unreservedly, makes one’s personal and even the world’s troubles seem small and petty”.

    The then Lieutenant Mountbatten and Princess Elizabeth married in 1947 and in keeping with the times, ration coupons were used to purchase the wedding dress.

    Five years later, the Princess became our Queen and Prince Philip put aside his active military career, and took up the role of royal consort and companion. It was a role that required another to shine, not him. That takes a certain humility as well as a deep understanding of what service truly means.

    Whilst their partnership embodied tradition and timelessness of Monarchy, their partnership in another way was one ahead of its time. A husband who put aside his career to support and affirm the work of his spouse.

    The role of consort is one without a rule book.

    Prince Philip put his own unique stamp on the role with geniality, good humour, a genuine interest in others and a fair dinkum authenticity.

    By the time he had retired at the spritely age of 96, he had undertaken some 22,000 public engagements. For those of us here who have been to plenty of engagements, I don’t think any of us would pretend to a number of that scale.

    Again and again, he deployed his trademark light-heartedness to draw out people and put them at ease. It was an unfaltering service. Always walking two steps behind Her Majesty.

    And what you saw is what you got. If the photographers were taking too long, he’d tell them. If the environment was in danger, he’d indeed say it.

    And if Monarchy could encourage and inspire, he made sure it did.

    Sixty five years ago, Prince Philip created the Duke of Edinburgh Award. An award that is about young people giving their best, taking responsibility, persevering, developing skills, giving back, and making a contribution. He described the Award as a ‘do-it-yourself growing up kit’. An Award modelled on how the Duke himself saw life.

    In Australia alone, 775,000 young people have completed the Award. Millions more have around the world. Every one of those lives gaining a layer of texture because of that experience.

    Internationally, the Prince was Patron or President of more than 750 organisations. Of those hundreds, 50 were here in Australia. Many of them reflected his personal passions for conservation, science, industry and design, engineering, sport and, of course, the military.

    Prince Philip was a frequent visitor to Australia over his life. In fact, he first came to our shores as a midshipman aboard the battleship Ramilles in 1940. And again in 1945 aboard the Royal Navy Destroyer Whelp.

    One trip that is almost lost to history, but is worth recounting today here in this place was his visit in 1967, some fifty four years ago. In February of that year, Tasmania experienced its most deadly bushfire, Black Tuesday. A day when 64 people died and more than 7,000 lost their homes. Less than a month later, The Duke visited Tasmania’s fire-ravaged southern region on what some dubbed ‘a protocol-wrecking tour.’ He travelled through Taroona, Kingston, Margate, and Snug. He met with people and heard their stories. He listened, he consoled and did his best to lift everyone’s spirits.

    But that is not where that story ended. Because a year later, he returned to visit the same sites and the same people. He was checking in.

    Over his eighty years of service, Australians saw the measure of Prince Philip.

    More than the husband and partner of our Sovereign, he was an authentic man, who despite the protocol and privilege that surrounded him, sought to reach out and connect with people and good causes in his own way.

    He was a genuine friend of Australia.

    Today we place on record our gratitude for his lifetime of service to the Crown, to our Commonwealth and to our country.

    We honour indeed a remarkable life that bore witness to almost a hundred years of history and the making of our modern world.

    On behalf of all Australians, I extend our sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and to the Royal Family in this, their time of grief, but especially to Her Majesty.

    The image of her seated alone at her Prince’s funeral service was a very sullen one.

    I know she would have been drawing, as she always has, great comfort from her very deep faith.

    But let also now our Commonwealth seek to sustain her, as she continues in her selfless and devoted duty to our Commonwealth and indeed to Australia.

    Let us, her Commonwealth, be her strength and her stay.

    To Her Majesty, we send Australia’s love and respect and to His Royal Highness, may he rest in peace.

    Hon. Scott Morrison MP
    Prime Minister of Australia


     

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  • Liberty Newsletter April 2021

    24 April 2021 · 1 reaction

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    This edition of Liberty was to have been all about the Queen’s 95th birthday but, of course, she will not now be celebrating this very special day on the 21st of April as, sadly, she will be in mourning. However, there is no reason why we should not proceed with our celebrations but tempered by our thoughts for the well-being of Her Majesty and accompanied by our prayers and very best wishes as she faces the future without her beloved husband and consort of over 73 years.

    Often outspoken, and with a sense of humour that later generations could not understand and often criticised him for, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was the rock on which the Queen and the whole of the Royal family relied upon.

    In this edition we speak about his achievements and, on occasion, faux pas. Also included is the AML media release written by Rachel Bailes, a member of our National Council.

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  • Liberty Newsletter January 2021

    01 February 2021 · 1 reaction

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    Letter to Members - January 2021

    In January 2020 we could have had no idea of the tragedy that was to befall us and, indeed, the world.  Whilst there were cases of COVID19, we were unconcerned until there were large outbreaks and then lockdowns commenced in this country.  Despite the virus being continually brought in by overseas travellers, we remain one of the lucky countries in the world despite a number of tragic deaths which should have been avoided.

    A year ago, we were discussing the surprise upset of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex removing themselves from royal duties.  I suppose, in a year hence, we will still be discussing them and their doings in the United States of America.  The tragedy was that Prince Harry was extremely popular in this country, even to the extent of a great number of people wanting him to live here on a semi-permanent basis.

    In Australia, we have been facing another upset, this time with social media rejecting certain of our posts wanting us to remove words which apparently offend others. We do know that republicans have set up teams to monitor our social media and to register complaints that they are offended by certain things that we say.  Of course, unlike republicans, everything we post is diplomatically worded and factually correct, but it seems that the controllers are on the left and they view us as being on the right which is certainly not true.

    The Australian Monarchist League stands for the Australian Constitution and the Crown.  We honour the Queen and we value our system of governance.  We are neither politically right nor left.  We are monarchists and constitutionalists, insofar as we support Australia's system of constitutional monarchy. 

    Whenever I may use the term 'left', I do not refer to Labor voters, many of whom are members and supporters of our organisation.  Rather I refer to those who seek to tear down our structures of democracy.  It is these people that label themselves to be on the left of politics.  The Australian Monarchist League has no formal alignment with any political organisation.  As I said, we are monarchists and we are constitutionalists.

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  • Christmas 2020 Letter to Members

    18 December 2020 · 1 reaction

    CHRISTMAS LETTER TO MEMBERS – DECEMBER 2020
     
    In just a few days’ time we will be celebrating Christmas.  In this letter which was mailed earlier this week, I had said that, due to a measure of freedom from the virulent virus, families will be now able to gather together and Christians will be able to attend church with only limited restrictions. However, Sydney now faces a growing cluster of the virus brought in by returning travellers which could spread unless great care is taken.
     
    Whilst our thoughts and prayers are with those in Sydney's northern beaches and to those caught up in the several State lockdowns, I send to all my sincerest of wishes and those of the Australian Monarchist League for a very merry and blessed Christmas as well as a most enjoyable time over the festive season.  Even with the Sydney cluster, we are so fortunate to live in Australia where the dreaded virus is not rampant as it is in so many other countries.  At the same time, it is wise to always take care as it lurks like a vampire in the mist and one never knows what the morrow will bring.
     
    And the week following Christmas will see us in the New Year of 2021.  Let us all hope and pray that next year will see the end of the virus so that we can all get back to living relatively normal lives although, after the enormous changes and devastation wrought by the pandemic and the reaction to it over past months, there will obviously be a new normal to which we must all adapt.
     

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  • Newsletter November 2020

    14 November 2020 · 1 reaction

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    The Duke of Cambridge Tested Positive For COVID-19 in April

    News has recently been released that the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, had tested positive for COVID-19 in April but is understood to have kept his diagnosis quiet because he didn't want to cause worry particularly since his father, the Prince of Wales, had also tested positive just weeks earlier.

    During the crisis and particularly during his father’s isolation, Prince William was the active face of the monarchy.

    He had isolated for seven days at Anmer Hall in Norfolk where the Duchess of Cambridge and their three children were also staying. Fortunately, none of them had caught the virus.

    During his isolation, although he was ill, he continued to carry out engagements including some 14 telephone and video calls. In this manner he has followed the example of the Queen and his father, the Prince of Wales, in putting duty first and foremost.

    Hopefully things will soon start to normalise and we can look forward to a visit by the Duke and Duchess and their three children to Australia.


    The Anniversary of The Republic Referendum

    On the 6th of November 2020, monarchists celebrated the 21st anniversary of the defeat of the republic referendum in 1999. This was the day when the majority of Australians, both nationwide and in all States, voted decisively against a republic and for the Queen.

    It was the day when MalcolmTurnbull, the then head of the Republican Movement, attacked John Howard saying, in front of the news cameras, that he was "the prime minister who broke this nation's heart." Actually, the reverse was true. Howard actually bent over backwards to be fair to the republican movement, even changing the wording of the referendum to suit Turnbull.

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  • Liberty Newsletter - August 2020

    13 August 2020 · 2 reactions

  • Liberty Newsletter June 2020

    04 June 2020 · 1 reaction

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    Letter to Members

    Life is starting to get back to normal in Australia, although there are some fears of a second wave. Lessening fears to be sure, but nevertheless still fears.

    However, the new normal will be unlike life as it was before the pandemic. Many businesses will undoubtedly become unsustainable leaving thousands of people jobless, with most having to be retrained and to adapt to new careers.

    Elderly people still need to be cautious until a proven vaccine is developed. As with the Spanish Flu of 1918, it is not so much the flu itself but the way in which it exacerbates existing conditions. I am pleased to say that those of our members with whom we have been able to make contact around the country are doing well. If anyone would appreciate a call, please do let us know.

    It is very easy to blame the government for not closing borders to international travellers and establishing a lock-down sooner, but they have never been faced with a pandemic like this on Australian soil in modern history. On the other hand, there are still those who claim there should have been be no lock-down. Only history will tell.

    The question before people’s minds is now whether it is legal for state governments to close their borders to Australians from other states. After all, we are a federation and came together 119 years ago to create a single united nation. Section 117 of the Australian constitution provides that: “A subject of the Queen, resident in any state, shall not be subject to any other state to any disability or discrimination which would not be equally applicable to him if he were a subject of the Queen resident in such other state.” Of course, the High Court may determine that the interests of a state overrides a state’s obligation to persons outside that state, but whatever the Court may say, refusing to allow entry of Australian citizens from outside a state by that state government is against the tenor of the constitution. As the preamble to our constitution states “Whereas the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania, (WA joined afterwards) humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God, have agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and under the constitution hereby established.”

    With my best wishes to you all.

    Yours sincerely,

    Philip Benwell
    National Chair

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  • Liberty Newsletter April 2020

    02 April 2020 · 2 reactions

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    Letter to Members

    During these troubled times the last thing anyone wants to hear about is the monarchy v republic debate. Keeping safe is uppermost in people’s minds, and so it should be.

    However, we believe it is important to keep in touch with our members to let you all know what is happening monarchy-wise.

    The proposed visit by the Duke of Cambridge to Australia has, of necessity, been postponed. Now is not the time for a royal visit but hopefully this will occur once the emergency has passed.

    The Queen, along with the 98-year-old Duke of Edinburgh remain in isolation at Windsor. The Prince of Wales, who has tested positive to the virus, is at Birkhall with the Duchess of Cornwall on the Balmoral estate.

    This means that the Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) has taken up the slack, although the Queen is still very active in overseeing affairs.

    We send to Her Majesty our every blessing and pray she is kept well and is able to enjoy her 94th birthday which falls on the 21st of April.

    The Queen’s Birthday parade has been cancelled as have all associated events and gatherings both in the UK as well as over here. The British prime minister, Boris Johnston and his Health secretary, Matt Hancock, have both tested positive for the virus.

    I have written to the Palace to point out that whilst there have been some messages from Her Majesty to the British people, such messages should also be directed to those in the Realms if not from the Commonwealth itself. Questions have also been raised on why the Governor-General, David Hurley, appears to be kept in the background. After all, he is the executive head of state and, being above politics, is ideally suited to bring peace and calm to all Australians.

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