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  1. Just read about the Queen's arrival into Australia. The Royal family have received a lot of negative press over recent times, but I am a big believer in history and what they represent. In the UK at least our tourism industry and some of our pride would be hit harshly without them. I was very proud to see pictures of her arrive in Australia. I was surprised however that the Australian PM did not curtsy the Queen. This is a normal greeting of respect to someone such as the Queen, especially as this could be her last official visit. 36% of Australians are in favour of a republic and 55% are still happy with the Queen and the current way of standing. My take is yes the government runs the country. The Queen is more of a symbol now that historically and in the UK interacts with the government whenever she makes speeches and still interacts with government. Obviously in modern times it would be very difficult to have this influence on Australian society. What I do think we should say is that the curtsy would have been nice. If there was no Queen - then who would be head of state. I have heard so much negativity about the current PM lately, yet many AUstralians would be happy for the President to be head of a republic. The Queen has no agenda and would not abuse this power, something leaders with a polital agenda may do. It also brings me to the point that Australian recent history is very much European. The Dutch and the English like it or not,and the knowhow of British governments in the past have created a lot of what Australia now has (controversial). One Australian comment - too many poms here these days. I thought to myself with the "Poms" and Brits what would this area of terrain be. It is great to see so many AUstralians respect the Queen still though and its great to think just over half still value her official standing - which is effectively a very hands off role but her opening the commonwealth meeting fills me with a great sense of pride. As for the lack of curtsy - it was not a great first impression I would have to say. She may have forgot - human error is something that can happen for sure. 10 day tour is pretty whistle stop but I think it is great she is here and that Prince William was here back in January: "God save the Queen" as the Queen of Australia. I am sure some people could not care less, or that whatever the standing it means little to them in everyday life, but in a young country its European descendents require some history and indeed context to its past.
  2. Would be intrested in how ex brits feel about it. Support for Australian republic slowly declining: poll CANBERRA, April 25 (Xinhua) -- A new poll on Monday showed that support for an Australian republic is slowly declining. According to the Newspoll conducted for The Australian newspaper, support for a republic has been at a 17-year low of 41 percent, down from 45 percent... http://www.silobreaker.com/support-for-australian-republic-slowly-declining-poll-5_2264521739817975837
  3. Listing to radio London this morning they are saying it is well known that prince Charles says he will make Australia a republic when he is King, he things it is unfair that we hold some kind of landlord status over them and loves Australia and wants them to be a republis and get "the monkey of it's back" Fair play to the bloke :notworthy:
  4. connaust

    Republic of Australia

    "We are not British - that's why a republic is so important. Independence is about taking pride in our unique culture. THE 10th anniversary of the referendum reminded me that I should dust off the old ''Young Australians for a Republic'' banner in the shed and drop it off at the national archives." Just shows how influential John Howard's grey voters had been, that Rudd is too scared to talk about a Republic .. for a while.....
  5. connaust

    Australia Who are we?

    WHO WE ARE: A State of quivering expectation A column about Australia AWESOME is the only word for the power, reach and influence of this column's readers. A matter of days after they resoundingly endorsed this column's campaign to abolish State governments (which we listed as number 4 priority on The National To-Do List after becoming a republic, amalgamating with New Zealand and fixing the coat of arms), our political leaders start the process of abolition
  6. ali


    In two years time Aussies may be asked to vote on the matter of if Australia should become a republic - how would you vote?