Originally Posted by hillary_nugent
i agree with you there Australian, the Queen is so irrelevant for Australia - she barely does anything for our country apart form visit about once a decade, dress up, attend heaps of dinner parties etc. don't get me wrong i love the royal lifestyle and some of the royals but when it comes to running Australia the Queen is not a requirement at all.
and just to let everyone know, while australia voted against being a Republic it was a VERY close loss for the Republicans - i think about 52-48? that's not exact but i know it was close.
As a pergentage, 48% is huge, but in numerical terms, the gap between 48% and 52% is huge. What also needed to happen (when having a referendum, to formally change the constitution), is what is called a double majority: where there has to be a majority of the entire population of Australia, but also a majority of the states. So if 12 Million people (roughly VIC, NSW and QLD population), voted yes to a republic, but TAS, WA, SA and the territories didn't, the change would still not occur, even if a majority of the entire population voted yes. In any case, they didn't.
As I said before, I don't think all 48% were republicans, I think only a minority were true republicans, in the same way only a minority of the 52% were true and informed Monarchists.
Hillary, you also say that The Queen is not a requirement at all when it comes to Australia: Well, perhaps she isn't, but her reserve powers, as set out in the Australian Constitution, are vested in the Governor-General. So effectively, during the period of their appointment, and when Her Majesty is not in Australia, The Governor-General is our Head of State. THe powers exercised by the Governor General include, swearing in Ministers, opening and dissolving Parliament, inviting the leader of the majority party to form a government, Head of the Executive Government (the highest legislative decision-making body in Australia), and Commander-in-Chief of the Australian Defence Force.
All of these duties are carried out, while fulfilling one function - being the direct representative in Australia, of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Grace of God Queen of Australia.
So to say Her Majesty is irrelavent, or not required, is highly mis-leading.