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Mate for Head of State picnic

By 11 January 2006 42

The Australian Republican Movement has gotten itself organised again and has a new campaign — “A mate for head of state”.

They have declared Sunday 22-JAN-06 to be “A Mate for Head of State Day”, with events around the country for anyone who thinks an Australian should be our head of state.

In Canberra there will be a picnic lunch in Commonwealth Place (an oddly named location for a pro-republic event) at noon with BYO picnic and drinks. Everyone is encouraged to wear a gold ribbon on the day as well, although I don’t know where you might obtain one of these (surely it would have to be a particular shade).

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Mate for Head of State picnic
Spitfire3 7:13 pm
11 Jan 06
#1

But John Howard’s still in power. I wonder how he’ll kill it this time.

johnboy 11:06 pm
11 Jan 06
#2

Wow, there’s a shithouse slogan to keep her majesty and her heirs reigning over us for decades to come.

valques 7:28 am
12 Jan 06
#3

Howard’s still in power, still lacks imagination… he’ll use blunt wedge politics same as last time.

The Republicans would have a chance if their slogan was

A Mate as Head of Something to Replace the State

but its too cumbersome

Hugo 7:31 am
12 Jan 06
#4

“Commonwealth” is not out of place. The poms had one for their first foray into republicanism after lopping off Charles’ head. (Need a repeat performance here?)

Thumper 7:55 am
12 Jan 06
#5

Seriously, there are a few more important things that need fixing before we go galavanting off into republicanism (such an ugly word).

And I’m always intrigued by this sense that everything will miraculously be better overnight once Australia becomes a republic.

Maelinar 8:01 am
12 Jan 06
#6

If America is to Republicanism, as England is to Monarchy, then I certainly don’t want Australia to be more like America.

Heavens forbid that we actually think up a new method of governance that might actually have a chance at succeeding.

johnboy 9:22 am
12 Jan 06
#7

The other problem with this approach is it’ll fail in the same way the “do you want your child to be able to be head of state” angle didn’t go over with the masses.

Out on Point Piper, Toorak, or in Canberra’s leafier suburbs they might be thinking about their child, or their mate, becoming head of state.

But out in chainsaw wielding, welfare bourbon drinking australia they have a pretty embittered view of the chances their “mate” would have.

Mr Evil 9:24 am
12 Jan 06
#8

When I look at some of the people who have voiced their support for Australia becoming a Republic (e.g. Bryan Brown, Malcolm Turnbull, etc) I’m more and more inclined to think we should stay a Constitutional Monarchy!

ARM should accept that a referendum was held, and the majority voted to stay as is. I think most people are wary of all the promises made by the likes of Turnbull and Co, and were not happy about not having much say in who was elected as President.

Chris 9:34 am
12 Jan 06
#9

People’s Republic of Bangladesh…Republic of Botswana (they’re actually not bad!)Federative republic of Brazil…Federal Republic of Deutschland..Republic of Indonesia..more than a few Democratic republics…more Peoples Republics, Islamic Republic of Iran, United Republic of Tanzania (are they, truly ?) – hmm, think I’ll stay a monarchist.

Thumper 9:57 am
12 Jan 06
#10

I am a monarchist and it’s based upon a few simple premises in that by becoming a republic nothing will really change, that we will be removing a vital cultural part of our history, and that the Queen really hasn’t anything to do with the running of Australia anyway.

Gough conspiratory theorist can now have a go at me over the dismissal but I’m not going to reply to that sort of rubbish as a dismissal will never again happen.

Apart from that, I’d move to Bermuda if we ended up with a popularly elected president (my god, we’d sound like a tinpot African nation). Imagine Ray Martin or John Laws as President! Or Phillip Adams!

that is a scary thought.

On the other hand, I truly believe that Australia will one day become a republic and I have no problems with that. However, why upset the apple cart at this stage?

It will happen, but hopefully not in my life time.

colsim 9:59 am
12 Jan 06
#11

Just out of curiosity, why exactly do we need a head of state at all?

Why not just leave that to the PM of the day – abandoning any pretence that the h.o.s isn’t an appointment with political baggage.

I don’t see any logical reason for us to remain the nominal subject of another nation – on a day to day basis sure it won’t make a lot of difference to our lives although maybe we’d get a bit less gossip about overpriveleged English inbreds in the daily news. (Leaving more space to focus on the more attractive overpriveleged inbreds of our new imperial masters)

Don’t forget it was only 20 years ago that you could still appeal to the Privy Court in the UK if you didn’t like the way the High Court here judged your case.

colsim 10:00 am
12 Jan 06
#12

That’d be privileged I guess – hate that word :)

Kerces 10:22 am
12 Jan 06
#13

maybe we’d get a bit less gossip about overpriveleged English inbreds in the daily news

I dunno about that…you’d be amazed the amount of gossip about the English royals that gets published in French magazines and papers. And they supposedly hate the Britons’ guts!

Slinky the Shocker 10:27 am
12 Jan 06
#14

Chris prefers to align with Saudi Arabia, Oman, Swaziland and Malaysia. Good choice.

Absent Diane 12:42 pm
12 Jan 06
#15

I would like to see a household pet (eg a dog) as the head of state… so kind of like your best mate running the state…. it would be just like having johnny as president… because you know there would be lots of noses up arses except in this case everyones arse not just mr/mrs americas arse…

And when the humans revolt against dogs for misabuse of power and too much leg cocking we can and sell the dog meat… and we can market it as Man’s Best Meat..

Mr Evil 1:20 pm
12 Jan 06
#16

Pity Phar Lap’s not alive then?

bulldog 1:20 pm
12 Jan 06
#17

Not bad AD…

I’ve had this discussion over a few beers wioth mates recently, and I came to the same conclusion as Thumper – it makes no difference to the day to day running of the nation if we were a republic or a commonwealth. And as Thumper said, we have heaps of problems we should be focusing on before we try and fly this flag again.

I have no problems with either system provided that the people of Australia are the ultimate beneficiaries of change. I don’t buy that ‘vital part of history’ crap – no offence to those who have served and died under the flag and commonwealth intended – they were Australian Troops before they were Allied Troops, and as such fought for the Nation, not a political ideal.

In the nutshell – if it ain’t broke – dont fix it. The system isn’t broken, but the support for the citizens is comng adrift at the seams.

Chris 2:15 pm
12 Jan 06
#18

Actually Slinky I’d say the Royal houses of Denmark,(you haven’t forgotten Our Mary ?) Spain, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands,Thailand, Japan, et al are historically better examples of good governance than most Republics (or Republiks).

Slinky the Shocker 3:30 pm
12 Jan 06
#19

Chris: I was just picking as selectively as you…
And historically better examples? Japan? Spain? I would frank(o)ly disagree with you. And in terms of stability, ask the royal houses of Greece or Bulgaria.

bonfire 3:51 pm
12 Jan 06
#20

i voted for a republic, but have had second thoughts recently.

im now in favour of constitutional monarchy after long and serious thinking. i think that a country needs tradition and roots and that the tradition and roots that our first settlers provided guided us to federation. they were british and our culture and its system of governance has that also as its roots.

i cant think of anything we gain by being a republic. im also sort of fond of the english and after spending time their its obvious that they all aspire to be australian anyway.

and no my background is not english, but european. from a place where they chucked off constitutional monarchy for a republic. it didnt really do them any good.

stability is a nice thing. be happy we have it.

Chris 3:52 pm
12 Jan 06
#21

Actually, Slinky, I’ve worked in Japan and visited (for longish periods) Spain, and whereas those royal houses may be seen as less worthy, I have met Japanese and Spanish citizens who were more than willing to lay down their lives for their rulers. Greece currently is I understand prepared to have-is it Alexander- back ? (Royals are well received in the EU )
The all-time shining example IMO of royal noblesse oblige was Harald of Norway who pinned a Star of David on his coat when his Jewish subjects were forced to do so under the Nazi occupation of his country… all that aside, I agree with Thumper, I’m sure we will have a republic in time, just hope it won’t be in my time.

Slinky the Shocker 4:23 pm
12 Jan 06
#22

Sorry, Chris, I must have misunderstood you, I thought that you claimed that Spain and Japan had ‘better’ or more democratic histories.
Anyway, if you think that someone is a better ruler because of birthright then that’s fine. Just don’t slag off future King Charles, Monarchy isn’t about choice.

Maelinar 4:23 pm
12 Jan 06
#23

I agree with Colism, why bother with anything at the top that’s a waste of time and money and the only thing they contribute is material for tabloid newspapers ?

We already have something like that, it’s called reality television.

Perhaps we could amalgamate the two concepts, put some volunteers in a room and make them make the decisions of the government of the day, then punish them whenever they get it wrong, reward them when they get it right…

Hrmms…

*I hereby copyright my suggestion as my idea which I am developing into a television series, if you are interested in purchasing my idea, please contact me*

Slinky the Shocker 4:33 pm
12 Jan 06
#24

Hehehe, Maelinar…i’d suggest “My Government Rules” as the title!

Indi 4:50 pm
12 Jan 06
#25

“David Boon should be our spiritual leader”

colsim 7:59 pm
12 Jan 06
#26

The Dalai Boony

(And don’t get me wrong, I love the guy – 52 cans and so forth – but what’s with the sudden cult of Boony that VB are trying to sell? I’m 90% sure that the Boony army at the 20/20 were marketing stooges)

Slinky the Shocker 11:13 pm
12 Jan 06
#27

Yes, and his christian sidekick Pope Warney I.

Hugo 7:10 am
13 Jan 06
#28

There doesn’t seem to be much discussion why we need a Head of State anyway. The ACT gets on without one.

Mr Evil 8:06 am
13 Jan 06
#29

I thought the ACT did have a Head of State – Jon Stanhope?

bonfire 8:55 am
13 Jan 06
#30

i hope my talking boony works today.

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