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Everything you need to know about the royal visit.

By johnboy 17 October 2011 55

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The Queen’s website has a program of her visit to Canberra.

Fleshing that out though we have a plethora of pages from Territory And Municipal Services.

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Henry82 11:10 am 20 Oct 11

LOL ABC news 24 announced the diving police found a shopping trolley and a park bench in the river next to the Jetty at Commonwealth Park. Welcome to Canberra!

Classified 8:10 am 20 Oct 11

She’s been to Queanbeyan before, as has Prince Charles.

LSWCHP 11:37 pm 19 Oct 11

DCK said :

I-filed said :

LSWCHP said :

I’d really like to know how much, if anything, this is this going to cost the people of the ACT. I can’t imagine the security and all the other logistical infrastructure will be funded by HM, so where is the coin coming from?

I’m sure HM the Q is a nice lady, but overall, I’d prefer she stayed away from us. The sooner we become a republic the better. This is starting to look ridiculous.

I’d be more concerned about how much they are spending on the visit of Mary Donaldson from Tasmania – now Danish Princess Mary. She will be in Canberra on a “trade visit” … like, Danish trade … and we’re picking up the tab!

Agree LSWCHP Just why are the leaders of this Trade Visit guests of our GG and why is the GG seen to be supporting Danish trade? not to mention Julia will probably be falling all over them as well as they lead the Bright Green Team, something to do with supporting the carbon tax maybe ?? and from what I gather they will be flown about the country at tax payers expense.
At least Queen Elizabeth 2 is not here trying to flog British goods to us and expecting us to pay for her holiday.
At the moment we are part of the Commonwealth and the Queen is Head of State and for the moment that’s all for the best, just imagine if our present Government were able to choose a Head of State, probably end up with Blinky Bill or some such.

On the Gruen Transfer (or whatever it’s called now) tonight, Todd Whathisname from Leo-Burnett specifically pointed out that the pommy royal family are really all about enhancing trade for the British, with Charles, William, Harry et al spending a lot of their time poncing about all over the place adding PR value to the closure of major business deals by British firms. He was correct in this assessment.

Tthe House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Saxe-Coburg_and_Gotha)…ahem…excuse me…*choke*….the house of Windsor….do not have our interests at heart. They look after the Brits, and we are a bunch of unpleasant but occasionally useful foreigners. We’ve been useful in the past in supplying cannon fodder (like my Grandpa), as a source of raw materials and as a market for their manufactured goods. Now we are just annoying bumptious colonials.

We would be well rid of these odious people, and their baleful influence on our society.

melon1234 8:09 pm 19 Oct 11

Holden Caulfield said :

I hope she goes to Queenbeyan.

What a royally awful pun!

Holden Caulfield 9:47 am 19 Oct 11

Lookout Smithers said :

Is she going to The George Harcourt Inn?

I hope she goes to Queenbeyan.

Lookout Smithers 11:33 pm 18 Oct 11

Is she going to The George Harcourt Inn?

Dave F 8:30 pm 18 Oct 11

I am disappointed they didn’t make Thursday another public holiday so we could go see the queen on her barge.

DCK 7:28 pm 18 Oct 11

I-filed said :

LSWCHP said :

I’d really like to know how much, if anything, this is this going to cost the people of the ACT. I can’t imagine the security and all the other logistical infrastructure will be funded by HM, so where is the coin coming from?

I’m sure HM the Q is a nice lady, but overall, I’d prefer she stayed away from us. The sooner we become a republic the better. This is starting to look ridiculous.

I’d be more concerned about how much they are spending on the visit of Mary Donaldson from Tasmania – now Danish Princess Mary. She will be in Canberra on a “trade visit” … like, Danish trade … and we’re picking up the tab!

Agree LSWCHP Just why are the leaders of this Trade Visit guests of our GG and why is the GG seen to be supporting Danish trade? not to mention Julia will probably be falling all over them as well as they lead the Bright Green Team, something to do with supporting the carbon tax maybe ?? and from what I gather they will be flown about the country at tax payers expense.
At least Queen Elizabeth 2 is not here trying to flog British goods to us and expecting us to pay for her holiday.
At the moment we are part of the Commonwealth and the Queen is Head of State and for the moment that’s all for the best, just imagine if our present Government were able to choose a Head of State, probably end up with Blinky Bill or some such.

I-filed 6:12 pm 18 Oct 11

Cheap said :

You would rather a head of state chosen by nothing other than being born into the role than one that is elected by popular vote?

It doesn’t matter who or where the symbolic the head is, provided they behave well and their local representative (in our case Quentin Bryce) is acceptable. Many of the world’s oldest prosperous stable democracies are constitutional monarchies – Australia, NZ, Canada, Sweden, Netherlands, Britain, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Belgium. There is simply no person in Australia who could do the job as well as QEII. We have kindly, dutiful, popular luminaries but few are above politics. There’s something to be said for being “born to it”. QEII will be SORELY missed when she’s gone – in about 17 years if she lives as long as her ma. The only alternative would be to have a nominal head of state represented by, say, some random Australian picked by lottery. But you can’t see them carrying out the duties quite so well!

ConanOfCooma 5:27 pm 18 Oct 11

That water is a special kind of rancid green, isn’t it?

creative_canberran 5:25 pm 18 Oct 11

Waiting For Godot said :

creative_canberran said :

Cheap said :

I wonder if the ACT School Book Depository has a good view of the lake…

I would suspect counter snipers on the National Library roof is more likely.
Really not funny to joke about. Had Kennedy not being shot, Vietnam would never have gone as far as it did.

If Kennedy hadn’t been elected, Vietnam would never have happened.

Please read up on your history. Roosevelt had intended that following the war, self determination should be accorded to Vietnam. The CIA was even working with Ho Chi Minh during WWII and there was a certain level of mutual respect.

When Roosevelt died, Truman was the one who came in with his huge fear of the Russians. The US under Truman funded the entire French effort to reassert colonial control.
Kennedy certainly ramped things up in fear of appearing that the US was retreating from Communism but in the weeks before his assassination, he was firmly of the belief that it would be a lost cause and they should retreat to economic aid instead only instead of military commitments. In no small part, this was because the CIA was telling him Vietnam wasn’t a risk, in fact both Truman and Kennedy were told of other bigger threats from Communism.
The LBJ came in and despite a lot of evidence that he was conflicted and privately averse to intervention, political reasons prompted him to commit the extensive forces he did.

Waiting For Godot 2:45 pm 18 Oct 11

creative_canberran said :

Cheap said :

I wonder if the ACT School Book Depository has a good view of the lake…

I would suspect counter snipers on the National Library roof is more likely.
Really not funny to joke about. Had Kennedy not being shot, Vietnam would never have gone as far as it did.

If Kennedy hadn’t been elected, Vietnam would never have happened.

LSWCHP 2:40 pm 18 Oct 11

Funky1 said :

All this talk of an outdated monarchy reminds me of the scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail :

King Arthur: I am your king.
Woman: Well I didn’t vote for you.
King Arthur: You don’t vote for kings.
Woman: Well how’d you become king then?
[Angelic music plays… ]
King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.
Dennis: [interrupting] Listen, strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

That aquatic ceremony is no more farcical than the obscene use of male primogeniture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primogeniture) to select the English monarch. If Prince William had been female, Harry would be in line for the throne ahead of his older sister. The whole thing is offensive and wrong, and we should have nothing to do with it.

p1 2:15 pm 18 Oct 11

Jethro said :

Deref said :

Besides, what qualifications do you need to open school fetes or throw parties for foreign dignitaries?

The problem is that under our current system the G-G actually has a considerable amount of power; however, convention dictates that the G-G doesn’t really exercise this power.

Having a populary elected G-G could lead to the elected Head of State to start thinking they have a mandate to start exercising these powers. Having one elected by a 2/3 majority of parliament is the preferable option, but as we saw at the last referendum, not poplar with the community.

So, I would say at the very least.you would need someone with an understanding of constitutional conventions in Australia and a willingness to adhere by them. Either that, or the powers as set out in the constitution be stripped from the G-G.

We could have three heads of state and they could vote on any decision 🙂

BethiePrice 2:07 pm 18 Oct 11

Does anyone have information on the roads that will be closed for the Queen’s convoy?

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