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Old 04-16-2013, 05:59 AM
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It only really becomes an issue when the Cambridges have a second baby. The first baby will be next in line under current legislation even if it is a girl. If a daughter gets a baby brother that's when it becomes a problem.
That would give them another 3 or 4 years from now as to when this second child would be born and the issue needs to be addressed, and that is only if the first child is a girl.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:02 AM
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Can an Australian explain this to me please?

This is an article from the Daily Telegraph which says that Queensland has rejected the federal bill to change the succession laws. IT does this on the basis that it is a sovereign state.

When I read something like this my immediate response is "newspaper exaggeration" but this time I've added - could it happen because I don't understand how the state and federal government in Australia work together.

So can anyone help, please?

Queensland could end up with different head of state to Britain and Australia - Telegraph
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:10 AM
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Queensland has been arguing that each of the states has to pass the legislation as each state is a separate crown in its own right. As a result Qld is arguing that they have to pass the legislation before the federal government can do so, or at least in addition.

The issue itself won't have any problems going through the parliament/s here but the idea that the states could make a decision like this that is separate to the federal government will need to be sorted out so this could easily end up with the High Court which could delay things as the High Court could take years to decide on a matter - which is to do with the powers of the federal government and the way our constitution works. Unless a power is specifically mentioned in the constitution as a federal power then it is a state power - and this issue could be a catalyst for sorting out some of these powers even though the issue itself isn't contentious.

It is a 'state's rights' type issue.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:14 AM
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Thank you Iluvbertie. That's much clearer but this does increase the possibility that different rules could apply when the baby is born.

Fingers crossed for a boy!
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:18 AM
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Glad I'm not the only one thinking that!
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:35 AM
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Have any of the other Australian states brought this issue up? Either way, perhaps Queenland ought to simply get on with approving the Act (or not as the case may be) so that matter can move on.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:32 AM
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It won't really be an issue until the time comes for Baby Cambridge to succeed to the throne, and even then its only an issue if Baby Cambridge is a girl with a younger brother. By the time Baby Cambridge comes to the throne it is likely Australia and other Commonwealth countries would have become republics with their own elected heads of state.
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:44 PM
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The same issue was raised in the lead-up to the failed republic referendum in 1999. It was suggested by some experts in constitutional law that if the referendum was successful and each individual state didn't revise its constitution, we could end up with a situation where we had, for example, the Republic of the Commonwealth of Australia, while Elizabeth II remained unscathed as the constitutional Sovereign of Queensland.

The issue largely arises because the State constitutions were drawn up well before both the Federal constitution and the Commonwealth [of Australia] came into being on January 1, 1901. Prior to federation the States were self-governing colonies. As there was no conflict between the Federal and colonial constitutions regarding the central position of the Crown and the Sovereign, no special provisions needed to be made.
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Warren, are the governors of each individual state appointed by the Commonwealth government or by the state governments?
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The State Governors are appointed by the Sovereign acting on the advice of the State Premier.
The Governor General is appointed by the Sovereign acting on the advice of the Prime Minister.
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The State Governors are appointed by the Sovereign acting on the advice of the State Premier.
The Governor General is appointed by the Sovereign acting on the advice of the Prime Minister.
Thanks. So the Crown is very much seperate at the state and federal levels. That is different than in Canada where both the GG and the provincial Lt Govs are appointed on the advice of the PM.
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:07 PM
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Yes, quite separate.
No State Premier would allow a Prime Minister to dictate their choice of Governor. Which I guess could lead to another unlikely hypothetical where Elizabeth II or member of her family could be the duly appointed Governor of Queensland within the Republic of Australia.

The reason the Canadian Constitution wasn't used as the model or template for the Australian Commonwealth was due to its more centralised powers. The colonial governments would not accept that degree of centralism. Needless to say the battles and arguments over money and power between Federal and State administrations continues as it ever was.
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For anyone who is interested, this article provides some useful background to the battle for sovereignty between the States, the Commonwealth, and the Crown in Australia:

Anne Twomey† "The States, the Commonwealth and the Crown—the Battle for Sovereignty*" – Parliament of Australia
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:57 PM
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Remember that until ALL the realms have passed the legislation necessary the changes don't come into effect in any of them so the idea of a different monarch has already been dealt with by agreement anyway.

So if a girl is born in July and then has a brother the brother still is ahead of his sister until ALL realms have made the changes within their own jurisdictions. The idea of separate heirs is a furphy.

The legislation will be passed here but the issue of state's rights is important and if this is used as a test case in the High Court so be it.

I believe it is also scheduled for discussion at todays COAG meeting in Canberra (COAG = Commonwealth of Australia Governments). This is an annual event at least where the heads of government of the states, territories and the federal government discuss various matters usually involving the division of tax money so a lot of today's discussions will be on the changes to education funding being proposed but the issus of the succession to the crown is also on the agenda with Qld's premier no doubt going to stick to his guns.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:22 AM
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"COAG agreed to a hybrid model to implement the previously agreed changes to the rules of Royal succession in Australia. Under the hybrid model, States may choose to enact State legislation dealing with the rules of Royal succession. States have agreed that they will request the Commonwealth under s.51(38) of the Constitution to enact legislation, and that any State legislation will be consistent with their requests to the Commonwealth under s.51(38)."

Bertie, Warren, what do you make of this?
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:54 AM
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Sounds like they aren't going to sort out the issue of state's rights on this issue.
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:07 PM
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For anyone who is interested, this article provides some useful background to the battle for sovereignty between the States, the Commonwealth, and the Crown in Australia:

Anne Twomey† "The States, the Commonwealth and the Crown—the Battle for Sovereignty*" – Parliament of Australia
Thanks, Roslyn - that was an excellent explanation. I had no idea there was a state/territory issue in AU. I learn so much here at the Forums.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:07 PM
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#royal #Queen is set to give royal assent to Bill ending archaic primogeniture. Cabinet Office says HM will see it "in coming days"

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#royal the Succession to the Crown Bill means regardless of the sex of #Kate's baby, it will be the monarch following Prince William

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#royal #Queen turns it from a Bill into Act of Parliament, but Act comes into effect simultaneously in all HM's Realms on a date tba.

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do those realms not need to pass the bill in their own parliaments?” processes all differ, but all agree in principle
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It's a done deal then.
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This is excellent news.
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