Sixty Joyless De-Britished Uncrowned Commonpoor Years (1949-2009)

Elizabeth II Vice-Regal Saint: Remembering Paul Comtois (1895–1966), Lt.-Governor of Québec
Britannic Inheritance: Britain's proud legacy. What legacy will America leave?
English Debate: Daniel Hannan revels in making mince meat of Gordon Brown
Crazy Canucks: British MP banned from Canada on national security grounds
Happy St. Patrick's: Will Ireland ever return to the Commonwealth?
Voyage Through the Commonwealth: World cruise around the faded bits of pink.
No Queen for the Green: The Green Party of Canada votes to dispense with monarchy.
"Sir Edward Kennedy": The Queen has awarded the senator an honorary Knighthood.
President Obama: Hates Britain, but is keen to meet the Queen?
The Princess Royal: Princess Anne "outstanding" in Australia.
H.M.S. Victory: In 1744, 1000 sailors went down with a cargo of gold.
Queen's Commonwealth: Britain is letting the Commonwealth die.
Justice Kirby: His support for monarchy almost lost him appointment to High Court
Royal Military Academy: Sandhurst abolishes the Apostles' Creed.
Air Marshal Alec Maisner, R.I.P. Half Polish, half German and 100% British.
Cherie Blair: Not a vain, self regarding, shallow thinking viper after all.
Harry Potter: Celebrated rich kid thinks the Royals should not be celebrated
The Royal Jelly: A new king has been coronated, and his subjects are in a merry mood
Victoria Cross: Australian TROOPER MARK DONALDSON awarded the VC
Godless Buses: Royal Navy veteran, Ron Heather, refuses to drive his bus
Labour's Class War: To expunge those with the slightest pretensions to gentility
100 Top English Novels of All Time: The Essential Fictional Library
BIG BEN: Celebrating 150 Years of the Clock Tower

Friday, 9 May 2008

Republicanism in Australia: 45%


No bow: The Queen greets Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at Windsor Castle 9 April 2008

A new poll conducted on May Fourth and Fifth by Roy Morgan has shown that support for an elected president stands at only 45% across Australia. Support for the Monarchy stands at 42% in general; more importantly than this, the generation of 14-17 year-olds show an amazing 64% support for the Monarchy.

The Poll question was:

"All Australians aged 14 and over were asked: “In your opinion, should Australia remain a MONARCHY — or become a REPUBLIC with an elected President?”

Naturally enough, the Republican movement has already started criticising Morgan and the poll. It is worth noting that Morgan is considered to have a rather left wing bias.


Beaverbrook said...

Most important of all is that as soon as you mention PRESIDENT or ELECTED PRESIDENT, it's all over before it even started.

Palmerston said...

The problem is not our loyal elders or our fawning youth, it's the baby boomers. Get past that generation, and we're into more golden territory. The key question is: Can Her Majesty outlive the most selfish generation of our time?

Lord Best said...

Well, baby boomers are entering there mid 50s to early 60s now, and the chance of severe illness and death increases dramatically at 55. So I've been told anyway.
Her Majesty could live another twenty years, the numbers of baby boomers will be thinned. Even in ten years. Not that I am saying I hope people die young.

Also thank you to whomever embedded the links properly and added the picture to my post. I had intended to add a picture (of the Australian coat of arms) and polish it all up, but my internet is appalling at the moment. It took me half an hour just to get that little bit of text up on its own.

wannabe-sailor-of-the-queen said...

Very interesting. I had a conversation last year with Jason Kenney regarding the popularity of the monarchy and he told me that the Crown is most popular with younger Canadians and less so with the boomers. The Australian poll mirrors both what Mr. Kenney told me and also, if memory serves, the results of a recent poll conducted by Angus Reid.

Anonymous said...

Bit of a red herring, but my understanding is that Kevin Rudd effectively made up his own oath of office (and naturally mad no refernce to his sovereign) when he was appointed PM.
Given this wasn't the official (legal)oath of office:

a) Is Rudd technically the legal PM of Australia? If so,

b) Can any Australian government official substitue their own personal wording in their office's oath / affirmation?


Anonymous said...

Appologies, seems I went off half cocked. Seems that Australian ministers have been using an amended oath (with reference to the crown removed) for some time (about 2004).

So now Australian politians swear loyalty to "the people" (whomever they are) and the australian commonwealth.