Republic shouldn’t rest in peace until the Queen does
Bob Hawke has nit the nail on the head – he’s called for a referendum on the issue of a republic and suggests the voters should be asked one simple question: do they want a change to the constitution after the Queen dies?
Hawkie is right – dead right, but why wait until the 84 year old Queen of England goes to that other throne on the sky. Her mother’s family is known for its longevity – she could last another ten to fifteen years; which would put Charles (that’s if he outlives his mum) well into his 70’s and more removed in relevance to Australia than ever, and young William would be coming up to forty and we can only hope by then he’s come to realize that he didn’t want the job anyway.
It was interesting that the subject raised by Hawke came up in the week of the foreign monarch’s 84th birthday which went totally unnoticed except for – wait for it - David Flint, the blue rinse set from Sydney’s North Shore and members of the Flat Earth Society.
According to Flint’s blog they had lunch at Cello’s (one of the last grand dining rooms in the city) and were addressed by David Smith.
All of the above was highly appropriate - a lunch in the relic of a time long gone, celebrating the birthday of a relic of a system long passed its use by date and an address from a fawning relic of the days when Government House, Canberra was anything but modern Australia – which is the reverse today..
Flint is nothing if not passionate about his cause.
“In wishing Her Majesty”, he intoned,” a happy birthday, Australians for Constitutional Monarchy would record their gratitude for the impeccable service she has rendered to the nation and the Commonwealth”.
I wish he had outlined what she has actually done for Australia and at the same time commented on her attitude to a few Commonwealth matters which have occurred under her watch – Fiji and Zimbabwe are two which come to mind.
The Queen’s official birthday occurs in some states in Australia each June, with a public holiday to mark the occasion.
Surely it’s time for two decisions to be made – one is to scrap the irrelevant holiday or rebrand it as something Australian and two – listen to Bob Hawke and this time have an honest referendum to decide our constitutional future.
- Barry Everingham is a Melbourne based writer and broadcaster
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