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Old 01-09-2010, 10:07 PM
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Neither the Prime Minister nor the Leader of the Oppostion (a committed republican) is interested in pursuing it; in fact the latter is of the view that nothing will happen while Elizabeth II reigns, while the former doesn't appear to be interested in even discussing it.
I wonder why politicians seem to have the idea that when the Queen passes the road to an Austraian republic will magically open up. Do they not realise that Charles automatically becomes King of Australia whether they like it or not unless something is put in the consititution beforehand? This is unlikley while both sides of politics are uninterested in the issue. I am hopeful now that the republic push will stay on the backburner now that a committed monarchist is Leader of the Opposition.

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I think a straight plebisicte 'Do you want Australia to become a republic?' would see an overwhelming Yes vote across the country.
The fact remains that even if such a plebicite were held and succeeded, it would not be binding and a model would still have to be chosen. The Australian Republican Movement is still unsure of exactly what type of republic it wants. If the peak lobbying group for the issue does not know what it is doing, what chances are there of progress being made past the plebicite stage ?
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Old 01-10-2010, 01:12 AM
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The fact remains that even if such a plebicite were held and succeeded, it would not be binding and a model would still have to be chosen. The Australian Republican Movement is still unsure of exactly what type of republic it wants. < ed Warren - removed spam link >. If the peak lobbying group for the issue does not know what it is doing, what chances are there of progress being made past the plebicite stage ?
The point behind having a plebiscite is that it would make clear what the Australian public want.

If it was a No vote then it would be an end of the matter for many, many years.

If is was Yes vote then the government would have to find the model that the Australian people want and keep at it until they get it done.

The 1999 referendum rejected one model but the people were never actually asked if they want to be a republic at all - that, to me, needs to be asked first and then proceed to find the model.

By the way - I think your link has been hijacked or.... but I don't really want to go to a Canadian site to buy Viagra.
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Old 01-10-2010, 11:21 PM
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:09 PM
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I wonder why politicians seem to have the idea that when the Queen passes the road to an Austraian republic will magically open up. Do they not realise that Charles automatically becomes King of Australia whether they like it or not unless something is put in the consititution beforehand? This is unlikley while both sides of politics are uninterested in the issue. I am hopeful now that the republic push will stay on the backburner now that a committed monarchist is Leader of the Opposition.
To me it's very simple. QEII is held in high esteem throughout the world, not only the Commonwealth. She is greeted by huge crowds no matter where she visits. Charles, assuming he outlives his mother, may inherit. However, it wont make him loved, respected or admired like his mother, who has conducted her life in a blameless fashion. I think you will see a fast devolvement of the Commonwealth if Charles becomes King, not just Australia. I will be curious to see what happens when QEII visits Canada...to contrast her welcome with CHarles and Camilla's recent tepid-to-chilly reception. Somehow I doubt there will be the neccessity for apologies of the lack of crowds due to bird flu.
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:52 PM
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The 1999 referendum rejected one model but the people were never actually asked if they want to be a republic at all - that, to me, needs to be asked first and then proceed to find the model.

I agree - I know that I would have voted yes in the last referendum if it had just been a question about whether or not to have a republic but I voted no as I did not like the model offered.

I also feel that in the last decade as Gen Y etc have become adults that there is a greater shift in Australia towards a republic which will only increase as the years go by as many younger Australians do not see the British Royal Family as relevant and a lot would probably not know any of them except the Queen, Charles, William and Harry.

The only Royal Family we really hear about in the media in Australia is the Danish Royal Family due to Princess Mary. Unfortunately I think there may be a few younger Australians who if asked would not realise that Mary is from a different Royal Family.
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:54 PM
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The only Royal Family we really hear about in the media in Australia is the Danish Royal Family due to Princess Mary. Unfortunately I think there may be a few younger Australians who if asked would not realise that Mary is from a different Royal Family.
Yes that is so true.

I have taught kids who think that she is the Queen's daughter and will be our next Queen, in the same way that the Queen is Queen now - not as a consort but as a regnant.

Royalty just has no relevance to these young people - regardless of the individual concerned - it is the concept that has no resonance.
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:56 PM
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I expect that HM and the Duke will have a fairly large turnout, if only because they're now in their 80s and might not have many more visits here. I'd certainly go to see the Queen if she was appearing within reasonable driving distance. But I wouldn't stand around to see Charles and Camilla.
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I agree Mermaid, and I suspect many others out there do, too.
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If they came as King Charles and Queen(or whatever) Camilla would you stand around for them then or would your reaction to their visit be the same as when they came as Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall?
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:56 PM
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I can only answer for myself. I would wait in the freezing rain for an extended period of time to see QEII. I would not cross the street to see Charles and/or Camilla, regardless of what they call themselves these days. I am old enough to remember what they called one another during the conversation which was taped and released to the public. Yuck.
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:50 PM
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So those of you living in a Commonwealth country or the UK don't believe the public will be enthralled with Charles but how about a young King William?
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:18 PM
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So those of you living in a Commonwealth country or the UK don't believe the public will be enthralled with Charles but how about a young King William?
People who live in monarchies or countries with a monarch as Head of State know that a monarchial system isn't a popularity contest! You don't get to choose the one you like, if that's what you want, have a republic. I think those who live in republics find this difficult/strange, they are used to choosing.

Monarchies have to do with stability, not popularity, the monarch and their family are around their entire life, you know what you're getting. They do it from a sense of duty, they know they are born into the role, would probably rather do something else but fulfill the role because it's their duty. They don't have a choice either, which is why Edward VIII was so severely disliked by monarchists and the upper classes in Britain, he failed in his duty. So people who grow up in republics come up with 'well if they don't like it, abdicate' NOOOOOO, that's a total anathma to having a strong sense of duty, you don't take the easy way out!

It's also a fallacy that Charles is that unpopular, in the UK now he's the preferred successor in polls to QEII (not that people have any choice!). In Commonwealth countries where the Queen is the Head of State, the issue isn't 'do you like or dislike Charles/William' but why have a HoS that lives elsewhere? Popularity or liking the person has nothing to do with the debate, that's just the lowest intelligence demominator of the tabloid press factor. William also isn't that popular in the UK to succeed as a young King, too inexperienced and hasn't done anything, seems to be the general consensis. He himself seems to prefer to do other things for a while. (Not that unusual when looking at the European heirs, all of whom only took up fulltime royal duties when they were well into their 30s, study, military service, advanced military service, diplomatic service all took up their time beforehand.)

The older a royal becomes the more they are respected, Charles is getting credit now for his views, he was right is a common thread in articles. His personal life, although the hardcore non-British or commonwealth royal watchers will continue to bring up, really is a non issue for the British (time to move on) and commonwealth ( we don't care). Other monarchs have been adulters, had less than ideal private lives (divorced even!) and were monarchs, that's the thing with a monarchy, you don't get to choose! But you do have a long historical link, with tradition and stability.

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Large crowds will come to see QEII simply because she is elderly and it may be the last time that she tours parts of Canada. That's what happened in Australia on her last visit, people have a connection with the monarchy and for many Elizabeth is the only monarch they have ever known. Charles and Camilla are a middle aged couple, no glamour of the young lovers, not elderly and 'aren't the marvellous to keep carrying on like this at their age' They did get a reasonably good reception in Canada considering that for security reasons, the actual times they were going to be at places were never given, so those who turned out were determined and waited for long periods of time. There weren't a lot of opportunistic watchers as in 'since we're here we may as well see them' And I'd rather go by reports from those who were actually there rather than distorted media reports, such as 'the trip was marred by protests' There was only one engagement with protestors in Montreal, the other engagements no protestors, nothing at any other place they went. Protests against the monarchy in Quebec aren't that unusual! They got so bad in the 1960s that the Queen and DoE stayed away from Quebec until the '80s, they had far more severe protests at all their engagements, than the one minor one at C & C's.

Contrast Charles and Camilla's visit with Edward and Sophie who come each year, with very little media coverage and few people come to see them or Andrew who's in Canada at least twice a year and again most Canadians wouldn't even know he was there! So C & C got quite a good reception!
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They did get a reasonably good reception in Canada considering that for security reasons, the actual times they were going to be at places were never given, so those who turned out were determined and waited for long periods of time.
That was a little disappointing. The last two times the Queen has been to Canada, the itineraries were quite detailed (for an example, compare this single day from the Queen and Prince Philip's trip in 2005 and the entire Ontario segment of Charles and Camilla's visit). Times were listed down to the minute of when she and/or the Duke of Edinburgh would leave their hotel, arrive at the engagement, do certain things while there, leave the engagement, and arrive back at the hotel. I hope they go back to that for HM's next trip.
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...The last two times the Queen has been to Canada, the itineraries were quite detailed...
However times have changed since their last visit with the ever present threat of terrorists so fewer details are being given to make it harder for these people to know what is happening.

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...Monarchies have to do with stability, not popularity...
I think you have written an excellent argument that sums up exactly what living in a monarchy means and why the personality isn't all that important.
I remember the 1970s and how popular a young Prince Charles was - the 'People's Prince' and the 'hope of the monarchy' and even 'should the Queen abdicate in favour of her far more popular son' type articles and stories - and then look what happens.

That is why I have no time for people who see William as being 'better' than his father. He could be as good, better or worse but Charles has done a fantastic job as 'King in Waiting' except for one mistake - he married the wrong woman. Some think that he should be denied his birthright for that mistake but I bet they wouldn't be prepared to say that to their friends who married the wrong person first off.
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That is why I have no time for people who see William as being 'better' than his father. He could be as good, better or worse but Charles has done a fantastic job as 'King in Waiting' except for one mistake - he married the wrong woman. Some think that he should be denied his birthright for that mistake but I bet they wouldn't be prepared to say that to their friends who married the wrong person first off.
Quite right. Could not agree more!
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I honestly don't know. I'd have to see when the time came.


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If they came as King Charles and Queen(or whatever) Camilla would you stand around for them then or would your reaction to their visit be the same as when they came as Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall?
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I think that some of that has to do with publicity. Charles and Camilla's visit was quite high profile. After all, Charles is the Prince of Wales. Also, Prince Andrew often comes on visits that are more private than public. There's an announcement from the Governor General's office that the other members of the Royal Family are coming, but there isn't so much publicity when they're here.


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Contrast Charles and Camilla's visit with Edward and Sophie who come each year, with very little media coverage and few people come to see them or Andrew who's in Canada at least twice a year and again most Canadians wouldn't even know he was there! So C & C got quite a good reception!
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To me it's very simple. QEII is held in high esteem throughout the world, not only the Commonwealth. She is greeted by huge crowds no matter where she visits. Charles, assuming he outlives his mother, may inherit. However, it wont make him loved, respected or admired like his mother, who has conducted her life in a blameless fashion.
Queen Elizabeth was fine for her time but you can't stay stuck in the past forever, well most of us can't. I don't think you can hold her up as perfect either, she let her son down badly by interferring in who he wanted to marry, same as she did her sister. I think people that keep going on and on about the Princes past love life are really unchristian and maybe bitter. The Queen has also signed away Britains rights without a whimper to protect her subjects, blameless life, don't think so shes just from a past generation. Would I stand about to see King Charles and Queen Camilla, you bet, same as thousands of others. It's time Australia, New Zealand and Canada became republics and I reckon they are adult enough to realise that as well. Charles is very well repected and admired by many many people. Love is something for family and people you know not strangers.
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It's not 'his past lovelife' it's his longtime dishonorable conduct. This is something that continued for decades, not a momentary abberation.
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Let's not start rehashing the Charles and Camilla affair or how we think it will affect Charles's reign.
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