Philip Benwell

He had earlier coordinated the Queen Elizabeth Gate Appeal in Australia raising the largest amount of any Commonwealth country other than the UK. The Appeal had been established by Prince Michael of Kent to build the Queen Elizabeth Gates in Hyde Park, London as a tribute to the Queen Mother.

Benwell has written a number of books and papers including:

“In Defence of Australia's Constitutional Monarchy.”
ISBN: 07734-66967 (2003)

“A very public affair – The Australian Constitution and Crown.”
ISBN: 978-0-646-51652-3 (2013/4)

"Australia - Our Country, Our Constitution, Our Governance."
ISBN: 978-0-646-96330-3 (2016).

Prior to his involvement in the Australian Monarchist League, Benwell had been engaged in various community and sporting activities. He was awarded the MBE in 1976 for his work within the community.

His advice on the Australian and British Constitutions has been often sought in Britain and elsewhere. The late Lord Molyneaux of Killead commented that Benwell “is renowned not only in Australia but throughout the Commonwealth for his dedication to sound governance. His first-hand experience of structures in most nations of the world, where his judgment is widely respected, has led to his advice being widely sought in democracies great and small.”

He has written ‘The Wattle Crown’ as a tribute to Her Most Gracious Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, Queen of Australia, whom he has served in a voluntary capacity for half of his life.

  • published Liberty Newsletter - Jan 2023 in Newsletters 2023-01-18 08:58:42 +1100
  • published 1st Philip Benwell State of the Constitution in Events 2023-01-13 00:44:59 +1100

    1st Philip Benwell State of the Constitution

    Australians must know the truth: our great Constitution is in perilous danger. 

    The first-ever Philip Benwell State of the Constitution is a definitive, Oxford-Union-meets-Press-Club-style lecture on the present and future health of Australia's supreme legal document. Hear from Philip like never before as he navigates the complexities of the Constitution and its history, as well as gets to the bottom of just what the Federal Government is really up to with its crusade for a Voice and a republic. Following his address, Philip is joined by Dr Neville Rochow KC for the kind of erudite, raw conversation our country needs to have, but doesn't.

    Whether you're a law student or an incumbent politician, you need to hear this timely analysis of our Constitution – and its enemies. For those travelling to Brisbane, you'll receive a 15 per cent discount on all Emporium accommodation.

    Philip Benwell MBE has served as National Chairman of the Australian Monarchist League since 1993. He is "renowned not only in Australia but throughout the Commonwealth" (Lord Molyneaux) as an expert on constitutional affairs, and as "one of the staunchest defenders" (Tony Abbott) of constitutional monarchy. He is the author of In Defence of Australia's Constitutional Monarchy (2003), A Very Public Affair: The Australian Constitution and Crown (2013) and Australia: Our Country, Our Constitution, Our Governance (2016). Prior to the pandemic, he regularly travelled to London to advise the House of Lords. In the early 1990s, he coordinated the Queen Elizabeth Gate Appeal in Australia, established by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent to fund the construction of the Queen Elizabeth Gates in Hyde Park. Under Benwell, Australia raised more capital than any other nation other than the United Kingdom. Benwell was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1976 for his services to the community, and is a Knight Commander of the Imperial Order of Saint Anna, an honour he personally received from Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, Head of the House of Romanov, in 2007.

    Dr Neville Rochow KC is a King's Counsel whose barrister’s practice included competition law and corporate and commercial disputes in most Australian jurisdictions. He has lectured and written on a wide range of professional, constitutional, and human rights subjects. Currently, he holds honorary professorships at the University of Adelaide Law School and the Notre Dame Australia (Sydney) Law School. He is also a Senior Fellow at the International Center for Law and Religion Studies.

    1st Philip Benwell State of the Constitution
    Two courses, bottomless drinks
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    Must book by 11:59pm 14 June 2023

    When
    June 24, 2023 at 11:30am
    Where
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    267 Grey St
    South Brisbane, QLD 4101
    Australia
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  • published The Coronation Ball in Events 2023-01-13 00:44:44 +1100

    The Coronation Ball

    Long live the king!

    The Coronation of Charles III is set to be one of the twenty-first century's defining moments. You'll dine and dance in style at one of Brisbane's most luxurious hotels, joined by Queensland's most distinguished political, judicial, consular and community leaders. Enjoy a formidable four-course feast, live music, and bottomless drinks to carry you forth into this new Carolean era.

    Not yet five years old, the five-star Emporium Hotel is a pillar of pioneering vision, elevating amenities into art forms and transforming places into unforgettable memories. For those travelling to Brisbane, you'll receive a 15 per cent discount on all Emporium accommodation.

    With tickets to similar black tie balls in the current market valued at over $285.00 per guest, this night of ritz and royalty is not one to pass up. If you're chasing the romance of a once-in-a-lifetime evening, patriotic revelry, or simply a networking opportunity to end all others, the Coronation Ball is for you.

    The Coronation Ball
    Four courses, bottomless drinks, live music
    15 per cent discount on all Emporium accommodation book here (with discount applied)

    Dress
    Black tie

    Must book by 11:59pm 3 May 2023

    When
    May 13, 2023 at 6:00pm
    Where
    Frangipani Ballroom – The Emporium Hotel
    267 Grey St
    South Brisbane, QLD 4101
    Australia
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    $175.00 AUD · 22 rsvps
  • published Tony Abbott in Brisbane in Events 2023-01-13 00:44:21 +1100

    Tony Abbott in Brisbane

    Join Australia's 28th Prime Minister for an exclusive experience.

    In the words of The Honourable Tony Abbott AC, 'The fact that we have the Crown means there is some part of our public life that is divorced from party politics. By becoming a republic, there will inevitably be more politics, not less, and I think we have quite enough politics already.'

    You'll hear from Tony as he opens up about his time in office – a staunch monarchist surrounded by republicans – and dives deep into the decisions he took to best protect the Crown and Constitution against those seeking ultimate power for themselves. Tony also weighs in on the ambitions of today's prime minister to implement sweeping constitutional reform, be that a republic or the Voice to Parliament. You'll have an opportunity to ask related questions and tackle some of the country's greatest questions with a political and intellectual mind like no other. 

    Situated in the heart of Brisbane in an historic precinct opposite Parliament House and the City Botanic Gardens, the Queensland Club is one of Australia's most iconic and prestigious venues, known especially for its beautiful furnishings, delicious menu and first-class wine list.

    Tony Abbott in Brisbane
    Two courses, bottomless drinks

    Dress
    Lounge suit

    Date in April to be confirmed ASAP. Weekday likely. Please RSVP for updates.
    When
    April 01, 2023 at 12:00pm
    Where
    The Queensland Club
    19 George St
    Brisbane City, QLD 4000
    Australia
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  • published Submission on Electoral Matters in Vote No Republic 2023-01-10 23:46:26 +1100

    Submission on Electoral Matters

     

    Thursday 5 January 2023

    Committee Secretary
    Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters
    PO Box 6021
    Parliament House
    Canberra ACT 2600

    Submission to the Inquiry into the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2022

    Dear Committee Secretary

    The Australian Monarchist League is pleased to make a submission in respect of the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2022 and expresses its gratitude to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters for its extension enabling the League to express its views.

    Introduction

    With a database that currently stands at in excess of 54,000, the Australian Monarchist League (henceforth “the League”), re-formed in 1993, is Australia’s largest organisation in defence of the Australian Constitution and Crown. Whilst the specific matter of the proposed referendum on the Voice to the Parliament does not fall within our mandate, any proposed amendment to the Australian Constitution, and the way in which attendant referenda are conducted, naturally concerns our members.

    The League accepts that Referendum Acts need to be updated to accord with modern times. However, we believe that the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2022 totally undermines the whole basis of Australia’s democratic system of governance by its gross unfairness and bias in advantaging the views of the government of the day and thus undermining any opposing viewpoint.

    The high bar for constitutional change and the balanced nature of a referendum, whereby a case for change and a case for the status quo are fairly and equally put to the Australian people, are hallmarks of Australian democracy. No matter the weight of support lent to the case for change by the government of the day, the operation and character of a referendum transcends political mandates and programs of reform; they stand as a hardy mark of respect for both the strength and precedent of the Constitution, and the right of each Australian to decide between two equally conceivable and selectable alternatives.

    Shadowing the choice every Australian elector must make between supporting the government’s proposed program of change, with all its principles or particulars, is the simple choice whether or not to change the Constitution. Because a No case in a referendum necessarily entails retaining our respected founding document in its current form (as opposed to actively objecting to a program or principle of the government), no Australian should be impugned or maligned for tending towards this option, or even for voting No as a matter of default or principle. As a matter of course, governments ought to allow equally strong and visible exposure for the Yes and No cases in every referendum that they hold, even where support for the principles of the Yes case are strong and are cast in moral terms. This is because behind every No case is the decision to retain a strong working document and behind every Yes case is the decision to alter the document at the heart of our national life.

    If the government has concerns about the content of the No case as expressed, it ought to consider that some arguments in favour of the No case may not concern the moral or political principles at the heart of a reform, but rather a pragmatic consideration of the functional effect of change, intended or unintended, in the context of the current workings of parliamentary democracy.

    Any legislation needs to be drafted not just for the convenience or political advantage of one particular side at a particular time. Legislators need to consider their response to such gross unfairness should they be in a legislative minority and their opponents used the opportunities so afforded for a cause with which they vehemently disagreed. In any electoral law, the system developed must be fair to all and equitable to ensure the people retain confidence in the system and that the results produced are a fair expression of the will of the people after a reasonable, balanced and fair campaign. To retain a robust democracy and maintain goodwill, governments must seek to have confidence that every Australian voting Yes in a referendum is doing so having equally and meaningfully considered both cases, ensuring electors do not experience ‘buyer’s remorse’ regarding the direction they might take. It would be deleterious to democracy if, in the case of success for the Yes case, voters feel their vote was not genuinely arrived at but was naturally swayed by the lopsided amplification afforded to the government perspective. These proposed changes would rightly be called out as ‘stacking the deck’ and potentially leave any result under a cloud of misgiving and resentment. This would be a particularly sad and bad outcome and would undermine Australians’ trust in their democratic system.

    Modernising and moving with our increasingly digitised times is an important and understandable objective. However, while not all Australians are digitally literate, and while Australia still has a digital divide in regional and rural Australia, as well as among older Australians, then paper means of receiving information about the Yes and No cases in a Referendum (Section 11 of the Act) will inherently be more democratic. After all, while not all Australians who receive paper mail access the Internet, all Australians who access the Internet may receive paper mail. The League would also note that Referenda are conducted by paper ballot, and that the AEC has postal vote processes.
    Therefore, posted pamphlets and printed material are natural, commensurate companions to paper ballots. Once the digital divide has been totally bridged and electoral infrastructure has been improved to the extent that paper ballots are extinguished in favour of equitable online voting, then – and only then –will it be time for online information to take the place of paper pamphlets in respect of the Yes and No cases in a referendum.

    The federal government, in the recent Commonwealth budget, enabled deductible gift recipient status for a pro-Voice campaign entity, (Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition) whereas it has not offered any such status to any entity representing the No campaign, which is distinctly prejudicial.

    We submit, in the interests of democracy and fair play, that equal funding for the Yes and No cases be restored in the Bill. The plans to fund with taxpayer money an ‘education campaign’ in relation to the Referendum concerns the League, despite the government’s stated aim of countering misinformation. It is imperative that government funding decisions in respect of a Referendum do not constitute the amplified anticipation of little-known, little-heard counterarguments by those who would make a No case. The proper place for the repudiation of ‘misinformation’, which may also merely constitute ‘rebuttal’, is the pamphlets where equal opportunity is given for each case to be made to each household. Sound, informed arguments, fairly put, will always ultimately prevail against true misinformation in the Australian body politic and ought to have nothing to fear. The League finds it unusual and irregular that the Bill seeks only to disapply Section 11 of the Act for a period until the next General Election, which would indicate that the Government perhaps understands the general importance of allowing for Yes and No cases to be equally made in the context of a Referendum but is applying special treatment to this particular proposal for change; a manifestly undemocratic and inappropriate attitude to referenda and legislative change.

    Since Federation, interested individuals and small organisations have contributed much to Australia’s democracy, and yet not one of them would be eligible to be publicly involved under the terms of the proposed amendments to the Referendum Act, which restricts involvement to what it terms ‘referendum entities’ which themselves are subject to the same political onerous requirements of political parties. Worse, because restrictions apply from six months prior to the writ for the referendum being issued. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, the Hon. Linda Burney MP, has indicated that the referendum could be held as early as August. This means that reporting requirements would fall into place in February.

    The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has stated “Section 128 of the Australian Constitution provides that a referendum must be held ‘not less than two nor more than six months’ after the passage of the proposed law through both Houses. In this case, it means that under the current Bill the expenditure period will commence prior to the passage of the proposed law. The Committee may care to consider the implications of this matter, and whether such a requirement would impose onerous and retrospective regulatory and administrative obligations on people and entities, and whether that regulatory burden may act as a disincentive for participation in the national debate.”
    The League fully supports this recommendation and shares the AEC’s concerns regarding the retrospectivity and onerousness of the Bill’s effect as it stands.

    The proposed Act replaces the printing of a pamphlet outlining the Yes and No cases, which have been distributed to electors at all referendums except certain unanimous proposals in 1967 and 1977 since 1912, with a subsidy allocated to members of the Parliament to provide information online. There is no determination of what sort of information would be provided or how the attention of electors would be reliably drawn to such material. Given that the majority of members of the Federal Parliament would be in favour of the Yes case, this is manifestly unfair. Furthermore, it is estimated that some 2.33 million Australians do not access the Internet, which has an estimated penetration rate of 91%, and we submit that they would be severely discriminated against by not having sufficient written information to enable them to make their decision prior to voting. For as long as there are paper ballots in a referendum, they must be accompanied by paper pamphlets outlining the case for and against constitutional change.

    We are also astounded that it appears that the full detail of changes to be made to the Australian Constitution are not to be advised to people prior to any vote. This is totally unacceptable; the League calls for the proposed Act to require that full details of any proposed amendment to the Constitution be made public prior to the issue of writs for the proposed referendum. We would mention that the three paragraphs earlier provided by the government are totally insufficient to enable people to make a proper decision (reproduced below):

    “There shall be a body, to be called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.

    “The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice may make representations to Parliament and the Executive Government on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

    “The Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws with respect to the composition, functions, powers and procedures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.”

    The Australian Monarchist League fully accepts and agrees with the restriction on foreign donations, provided it is made clear that Australian citizens resident and/or living overseas are exempt from this restriction.
    The Australian Monarchist League submits that the provisions contained within the Referendum Bill (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2023 are insufficient to enable voters to be properly informed prior to casting their votes at a referendum and requests that the following amendments and conditions be considered prior to its passage through the parliament:

    1) First, that full disclosure is made of the exact text that is proposed to be approved by the referendum for insertion into the Australian Constitution;

    2) Second, that steps be taken to inform the entire electorate precisely regarding each of the following:
    a. how, by that proposed text, the Voice to the Parliament will be constituted;
    b. how the body would operate;
    c. to explain the process and eligibility for determining membership;
    d. to describe what powers and influences it would have over whom and to what effect;
    e. to describe the checks and balances by which its powers would be circumscribed; and
    f. importantly, to provide information to the electorate regarding the extent to which the proposed text could be anticipated to be sent to the Courts for adjudication on the constitution, operation, and powers of the Voice.

    3) Third, that the Bill, if it becomes law, require that hard-copy statements from both the official Yes and No cases making the case for or against constitutional change be sent by Australia Post to all electors, as has been near-universal precedent since 1912.

    Thank you once again for the opportunity to make a submission on this Bill. The League thanks the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters for the care it is taking in considering these amendments and seeking the views of Australian entities and individuals in preparing its report.

    END

  • published The 2023 Referendum Bill in Petitions & Surveys 2023-01-10 23:49:04 +1100

    The 2023 Referendum Bill

    The federal government is changing the way in which referendums will be held and are introducing a new referendum bill into the Parliament.

    Whilst the Constitution specifies the way in which people vote at a referendum, the mechanics of how they do this are contained within an Act of the Parliament.

    The proposed Referendum Act (the Referendum Bill (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2023) will:

    • Require strict disclosure of campaign donations and expenditure.
    • Restrict foreign donations.
    • Remove any funding for the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaigns.
    • Eliminate the production and distribution by the AEC of a ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ printed pamphlet to each elector household but will instead conduct a ‘government education campaign’.
    • Fund MPs to communicate with electors via modern communication methods with appropriate authorisations.

    As far as providing detail on what changes to be made to the Constitution, the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Linda Burney MP, is reported to have stated that ‘the exact model (of the Voice to the Parliament) would be settled after the vote, saying “that was a matter for parliament.”’ (quote from SMH 1/1/23)

    Whilst the Australian Monarchist League has no defined position on the Voice, we stand vehemently against any move to flout the traditional conventions governing referendums or to bypass the provision of full information to the people to enable them to make their own decisions. 

    If the government succeeds in getting away with this subterfuge, we can expect the same to occur with a referendum on a republic.  We therefore urge all monarchists to sign the below letter to the Prime Minister and to the Leader of the Opposition. We will also be making representation to the Parliament in this regard.

    We would emphasise that by signing this letter you are not making a commitment one way or the other on the matter of the Voice only in regard to the proposed Referendum Act which is so dictatorially biased in favour of the government position that it silences and virtually disenfranchises all opposition.

    Thank you

     



    Open Letter to:

    The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
    Prime Minister
    Parliament House
    CANBERRA ACT 2600
    &
    The Hon Peter Dutton MP
    Leader of the Opposition
    PO Box 6022
    House of Representatives
    Parliament House
    Canberra ACT 2600

    RE: Referendum Bill (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2023

    The undersigned are of the opinion that the provisions contained within the Referendum Bill (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2023 are insufficient to enable voters to be properly informed prior to casting their votes at a referendum and request that the following amendments and conditions be considered prior to its passage through the parliament:

    1) First, that full disclosure is made of the exact text that is proposed to be approved by the referendum for insertion into the Australian Constitution;

    2) Second, that steps be taken to inform the entire electorate precisely regarding each of the following:
    a. how, by that proposed text, the Voice to the Parliament will be constituted;
    b. how the body would operate;
    c. to explain the process and eligibility for determining membership;
    d. to describe what powers and influences it would have over whom and to what effect;
    e. to describe the checks and balances by which its powers would be circumscribed; and
    f. importantly, to provide information to the electorate regarding the extent to which the proposed text could be anticipated to be sent to the Courts for adjudication on the constitution, operation, and powers of the Voice.

    3) Third, that the Bill, if it becomes law, require that hard-copy statements from both the official Yes and No cases making the case for or against constitutional change be sent by Australia Post to all electors, as has been near-universal precedent since 1912.

    SIGNED:

     

  • published AML Online Groups in Petitions & Surveys 2023-01-03 12:16:00 +1100

    AML Online Groups

    As we enter 2023, we are restructuring and expanding the Australian Monarchist League to enable us to better face the government’s campaign to remove the Crown from the Australian Constitution.

    To assist us in this regard we are forming a few online groups and invite monarchists to join any eligible group if they wish.

    These initial groups are:

    Women’s AML Group
    This will be a group for ladies to meet online and discuss monarchy matters relevant to them.

    Veterans Group
    This is a group for the many veterans we have amongst our database may wish to join together to support the Crown that all have made allegiance to uphold.

    Over 65s Group
    Any monarchist over 65 is invited to join this group.

    Fundraising Group
    This is a group to bring together persons with professional fundraising expertise.

    Online Format
    The format for meeting online will be decided by each group

  • published The King's Christmas Message 2022 in News 2022-12-26 10:47:59 +1100

    The King's Christmas Message 2022

    The King's Christmas Message 2022

     

     

    You may also wish to view Alexander Voltz's AML arrangement of "God Save The King" which was published at the time of the Accession of Charles as King. You can view it here: https://youtu.be/jA4_qx-_A6k

  • Albanese's words on republic run hollow

    The prime minister has stated that the Voice was his sole priority, rather than a referendum on a republic and that timetables for that change were “not on his agenda”.

    If this is so, then why has Mr Albanese designated an Assistant Minister for the Republic in his first ministry and why has he initiated a ‘national consultation tour’ reported to be to ‘shape a future campaign to cut ties with the monarchy’.

    We are afraid that his words run hollow when it is also reported that the round of ‘consultation’ talks will occur over the first half of 2023 and be run by the Attorney-General’s Department and funded by the taxpayer, ostensibly to the tune of several million dollars, with key findings and trends to be collated to help the government’s approach to holding a referendum on a republic.

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  • published Letter to Members December 2022 in Newsletters 2022-12-06 19:59:14 +1100

    Letter to Members December 2022


    LETTER TO MEMBERS DECEMBER 2022

    With our warmest greetings for a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year for 2023.
    We sincerely hope and pray that it will bring joyous tidings compared to the upsets we all faced in recent times.

     




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  • published AML 2023 SURVEY in Vote No Republic 2022-11-25 07:55:17 +1100

    AML 2023 SURVEY

     

    The following is a short survey to find out what sort of activities you want us to do bearing in mind that the Australian Monarchist League is not a social organisation for members but primarily a lobby and campaign organisation to educate on and defend the Australian Constitution and Crown against attack.


    Please note that our next activity is a lunch n Sydney with the Hon. Eric Abetz, Chairman of the AML Campaign on Wednesday 30 November 2022
    Please find information here to book:  Lunch with Hon. Eric Abetz

  • published Lunch Survey in Petitions & Surveys 2022-11-15 14:05:44 +1100

    Survey on What Functions Best Suit Members

    This survey has been created around the luncheon we have with our campaign chairman, the Hon. Eric Abetz scheduled for 30 November. However, your answers to the questions contained herein will assist us in organising AML activities in future.

    For your information you can also access details of the lunch here: Hon. Eric Abetz Lunch

  • published Lunch Survey in Petitions & Surveys 2022-11-15 13:49:56 +1100

    Survey on What Functions Best Suit Members

    We note that you have not booked in for the lunch with the Hon. Eric Abetz on Wednesday 30 November and, to assist us in being able to better cater to the requirements of members, are wondering whether you can let us know why you will not be attending this lunch and what sort of functions you would prefer.

    For your information you can access details of the lunch here: Hon. Eric Abetz Lunch

  • Monarchists Launch Protest Against The Crown

    Monarchists to launch protest against The Crown

    The falsehoods and inaccuracies, particularly about His Majesty the King as Prince of Wales, being broadcast in season 5 of Netflix series The Crown, will lead monarchists and right-minded people to withdraw support for the programme and Netflix as a whole if the platform does not act to correct the record. 

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  • Have a Referendum First before Campaign

    During the recent election campaign, Mr Albanese purposefully led the people to believe that a republic would not be on its agenda in its first term and yet one of his first acts in government was to arrange for the appointment of an Assistant Minister for the Republic. The first time there has ever been a minister of the Crown to remove the Crown!

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  • published Keating should apologise in Media Releases 2022-10-14 14:41:38 +1100

    Keating should apologise

    Although he has become very bitter in his old age, there is one thing that Paul Keating has not lost, and that is his penchant for purposefully misinterpreting comments by others to suit himself.

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  • published Coronation Holiday in Media Releases 2022-10-14 14:40:06 +1100

    Monarchists call for Public Holiday for Coronation

    The Australian Monarchist League, Australia's largest member-based monarchist association, is calling upon the Australian government to declare a public holiday in recognition and in honour of the Coronation of the King, who by right of the Australian Constitution is King of Australia.

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  • The Prince and Princess of Wales to Visit Australia

    The Prince and Princess of Wales to Visit Australia

    The Australian Monarchist League is delighted to learn that the Prince and Princess of Wales are proposing to tour Australia in 2023. In the event they are accompanied by their children, it will be the first opportunity for Australians to see Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis on Australian soil.

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  • Monarchist Petition Dutton to Level the Playing Field


    Monarchist Petition Dutton to Level the Playing Field

    The Australian Monarchist League, Australia’s major organisation in opposing the government’s plans for a republic, is so concerned about the unfair advantage the Labor government has provided to republicans by gifting them a government minister that it has raised a petition with over 1000 signatories calling on the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Peter Dutton MP, to create a Shadow Assistant Minister for the Constitution.

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Philip Benwell
Philip Benwell has been the national chairman of the Australian Monarchist League for nearly thirty years and is the longest serving head of any organisation engaged in defending the Australian Constitution and Crown.