Friday, November 6, 2015

Australian Anniversary

Sixteen years ago today a healthy majority of the Australian electorate wisely chose to retain their constitutional monarchy under Queen Elizabeth II which has served Australia well now for over a century and helped make it one of the best places to live in the world. Today despite smug predictions that monarchists would die out, a new generation of Australians not old enough to vote in 1999 have discovered the wisdom and appeal of their country's monarchical constitution. Yet once again the Crown is under threat, with a new republican prime minister who having toppled the excellent Tony Abbott almost immediately abolished Knights and Dames (again). As Australia welcomes its future King and Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, both major parties are now led by republicans which is a deplorable state of affairs. Hopefully this is just the last gasp of the tiresome "boomer" generation. While I'm under no delusions that the majority of Australian teens and millennials are fervent ideological monarchists, it does seem that most are simply not interested in radical constitutional change. But monarchists must be vigilant and those who have voted Liberal must punish Turnbull by withholding their support at the next election. God Save the Queen of Australia and God bless her successors Charles, William, and George!!!

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