In Defence of Australia's Constitutional Monarchy (Studies in Political Science No.11)
By: Philip Benwell (author)Hardback
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Never before, since the Federation of the Australian Colonies in 1901, had the Constitution of Australia come under such intense scrutiny as occurred in the lead-up to the republican Referendum of 1999. Just as there were differences of opinion amongst republicans on what form an Australian republic should take, there were different perceptions amongst monarchists on what formed the modern day structures of Australia's Constitutional monarchy. In this collection of speeches and articles, Philip Benwell has attempted to explain the various interpretations not just of the Constitution itself but also of "The Crown of the United Kingdom", under which the Australian Federation has been transformed. It is the only known work of its kind and a valuable contribution to scholarship not only for its in-depth examination of the meaning of "The Crown" particularly within Australia's Constitution, but also as a research tool for future occasions.
The role of the monarch in modern society; "by our union we are made equal to our destiny"; the monarchist league and our role in the current debate; "God guard thee"; after Keating - what now?; Australia's constitutional monarchy; a sense of identity; united we stand; after the convention - what then?; the winds of change -sweeping away our democracies; in defence of the Australian crown; "I honour my God"; constitutional concerns over constitutional change; Australia - a young nation but an old democracy; the "battle of the Boyne"; why you should vote no; one heritage, one crown; our democratic traditions; a republic? it's not a simple change; the trouncing of the republic; the queen's visit; "save our sovereignty"; the British peoples; the Westminster Crown and the referendum in Australia; our Christian monarchy and our Christian constitution; the act of settlement; ideologies behind the Australian constitution; Kitchener - last of the great warriors; the danger ahead; the monarchist vote; 1975; we are one people; matters of sovereignty; loyal address for the queen's golden jubilee.
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