Recognising selfless service
It’s time that we recognised all of those who have rendered selfless service to others or the nation generally. As the Queen’s Birthday in four states approaches, there is one thing which could be done to recognise them.
Just the fact that the Queen’s Birthday holiday exists enrages pretend republicans who prefer a fraudulent imitation of the current model, a politicians’ republic, rather than honestly basing theirs on the world’s most successful republic, the United States.
It is not so much that, unlike the Westminster system, the US model has never been successfully exported, even to France; it almost always ends in dictatorship and tears.
Their reluctance once centred on the basis of the US model, the belief that man is endowed by his Creator with unalienable rights. In their view, rights do not come from God. Rather they are dispensed by elites who, like Marx, know inherently what is good for the lower classes. Our pretend republicans fear the American model leads to vice of ‘populism’, the people daring to go against their betters and choosing presidents like Reagan and Trump.
The election of Trump led to the US getting an especially bad press in Australia.
This was entirely the fault of a media once obsessed with forcing the Turnbull-Keating republic onto a reluctant nation, but who in the Trump term relayed as gospel the manufactured lies and calumnies of a US mainstream media which had become the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party.
From being the party of the slave owners and then the segregationists, as Biden was, it has evolved into a party delivering an agenda so Marxist it would delight the comrades in Venezuela and Cuba. Dismantling the borders, it is so weak and compromised, it has encouraged the Beijing-Moscow-Tehran Axis to act against Western interests, as exemplified by the vicious attack by Tehran’s client, Hamas, against Israel. With the violent anarchy the Democrats fostered against Trump in their blue states through their paramilitary arms, the BLM and Antifa, and an election which any Australian with a modicum of electoral experience would conclude from the blatant mistreatment of scrutineers, was fraudulent, as well as a Supreme Court seemingly frightened off hearing legitimate constitutional challenges, it is obvious that the US model would go down like a lead balloon in Australia .
The media-supported republican campaign in Australia in most of the nineties was based on a model which ensured the president, who could be dismissed by the PM without notice, grounds or right of appeal, would be no more than his poodle. As that truly independent MP, the late Ted Mack told me, this was not unintended. Unsurprisingly, when it came to a vote, the majority smelt a rat. Meanwhile, for most of the decade, the politicians were distracted from priority issues including defence, water harvesting and the dramatic decline in educational standards, all while handing over manufacturing and key assets to the Beijing communists.
The attitude of the elites ignores the fact that not only is the Queen’s Birthday our oldest public holiday, first celebrated on 4 June 1788 with 21 Gun Salutes from men-of-war in Sydney Harbour, pardons, a levee, a parade by the marines and an enormous bonfire, the Australian Crown is the oldest, the most successful and incidentally, the most economical Australian institution, providing a significant check and balance yet also providing that advantage rare in modern countries , leadership beyond politics. This is being increasing recognised, with the young now established as the strongest supporters of the Australian Crown ― a time bomb for the diminishing republican movement .
It is overwhelmingly accepted that our Queen, with the loving and loyal support of her recently departed consort, Prince Philip, has selflessly and consistently fulfilled the solemn promises she made to us. These are not only those sworn at her Coronation, but also in her original statement of intent made on her 21st birthday, 75 long years ago:
I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be dedicated to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.
How many others in public life have for so long, so consistently, so diligently and without personal benefit, similarly fulfilled their oaths of office?
Now there are those in Australia, always hoping for some elusive silver bullet, who expect that a politicians‘ republic will magically fall into their laps at the end of this reign.
It is worth recalling that when Australians for Constitutional Monarchy was running the referendum NO case, the pretend republicans charged us with ‘not mentioning the Queen ’. While we never would accept Malcolm Turnbull’s instructions on how to campaign, we had decided, from the beginning, to campaign on the Constitution, and not on the Queen’s self-evident virtues.
That campaign, like ACM’s campaigns to restore the Governors to Sydney’s Government House, and to get the ABC to broadcast the magnificent Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant in which Australian Lifesavers participated, was successful principally because it was so strongly supported by loyal Australians.
So what better way now to celebrate our Queen’s coming seventy years of selfless service than by awarding an Australian Platinum Jubilee Medal for selfless service and other commemorations?
A committee of statesmen (e.g John Howard, Peter Cosgrove) with some powerful media commentators who never jumped on the fake republic bandwagon (e.g., Alan Jones, Michael McLaren) could advise generally especially ensuring the medal would be awarded to those many Australians who have given (too often unrecognised) selfless service in our defence, in fighting bushfires, floods and the pandemic, in hospitals, lifesaving, policing and in so many other ways across the nation and beyond.
A petition asking for the award of this medal to those who have given selfless service is here.
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Professor David Flint AM is an emeritus professor of law and was chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Authority and the Australian Press Council, president of the National Federation of the English Speaking Union, Associate Commissioner with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and convenor of the Committee of Australian Law Deans. He has been National Convenor of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy since the 1999 referendum campaign. He has authored books on topics such as the media, international economic law and on the Constitution. At Barcelona in 1991 he received a World Jurist Association award as World Outstanding Legal Scholar. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1995. His Good Sauce show,Take Back Your Country, discusses the problems and solutions to the decay of federalism and democracy.