Thursday, 5 November 2009

Australia: 10 Years After the Referendum

Just a quick post to mark a special occasion for all monarchists - the 10th anniversary of the Defeat of the Republic Referendum in Australia. On November 6, 1999, Australians voted overwhelmingly in favour of retaining the Australian monarchy. The referendum was defeated nationally by a margin of 55% to 45%. Further, all of Australia's states and over 70% of constituencies gave a resounding vote of confidence in the Australian Crown.

In 2001, when I was in Sydney I visited the offices of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, one of two large Australian monarchist organisations (the other being the Australian Monarchist League). It was amazing to see the remnants of their "campaign" headquarters and to share stories with some of their volunteers.

Admittedly, I have a soft spot for Australia and really fell in love with the country. As a monarchist, I would be deeply saddened if Australians abolished their monarchy. I suspect many Canadians would. Thankfully though, ten years after they served republicans a resounding NO! Australians by and large remain a loyal realm of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

As we continue to celebrate in this country the Royal Homecoming of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, I encourage you to raise a glass to Australia's monarchists for a job well done.

Advance Australia Fair.

Until next time,

1 comment:

radical royalist said...

Thank you for commemorating the 10th anniversary of the referendum that defeated the republicans' attempt to establish a politicians' republic.