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Letters to the Editor

From time to time, a commentary on the world will bubble up inside of me to the extent that I'm forced to write a letter to my local, metropolitan, daily newspaper, The Age. This is where I blow of some steam. Feel like venting too? Add your own comment or visit my homepage.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

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Splitting Heirs

Patrick Emerton (Letters, 16/2) writes that there are no constitutional problems with Australia having a different monarch to Britain. Many of us with a republican sentiment suspect that most supporters of our present arrangements are simply died-in-the-wool royalists who feel great loyalty to Her Majesty personally and see themselves still as British subjects. Their arguments about stability and "if it ain't broke don't fix it" are just a smokescreen for latent cultural insecurity.

This suggests a simple test: let's see how the constitutional monarchists react to a new successor under the same constitution. If we don't like Princes Charles or William, then former monarchs (and aspirants) are thick on the ground in Europe and I think we could readily coax one out. Prince Frederik of Denmark, for instance, seems popular.

This would highlight that Australian monarchism is all about ensuring the British Sovereign's rule here - and not about preserving our constitution.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

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Tax Reform Agenda

With the Coalition to seize control of the Senate will Mr Costello finally honour his pledges about closing loopholes in family trusts? C'mon Pete, surely the squatocracy wouldn't dare roll you again ... if they believed you were about to become PM.