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Congratulations to our twenty-fourth Governor General, Michael Jeffery

By David Flint - posted Friday, 15 August 2003

Major General Michael Jeffery was sworn in on 12 August as the 24th Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia. As Governor General, General Jeffery is Commander in Chief of the Armed Services of The Commonwealth and is recognised internationally as our Head of State.

We have previously referred to General Jeffery's distinguished record of service to the nation - there can be no doubt that he will fulfil this important constitutional and ceremonial role with distinction. All Australians - well, almost all Australians - will wish him and Mrs Jeffery well.

The occasion had to be spoiled by some politicians who had to predict that he would be the last, or lament that some representative of some minority - that is someone who would be popular with the elites and might even play a political role - had not been appointed.


Apart from the need to exercise some modicum of courtesy on the day of the swearing in, don't they understand that Australians are not interested in wasting any more money on trying to change the fundamentals of our wonderfully successful constitution? In the same way, Australians are just not interested in changing their flag.

Naturally, the swearing in provoked the usual swag of letters from the discontented elites.Typical of these was one from Mr Norm Barnwell in The Australian on 12 August claiming General Jeffery said "nothing about we Ozzies ... nothing about we poor slobs ..." Well, Mr Barnwell must have sent his letter before the swearing in, or he didn't listen to the Governor General's address, or he had the sound on his television set turned down.

General Jeffery did speak about the Australian people - including, by implication self-described slobs. But as you would expect, Mr Barnwell, like the minority politicians, came out at the end of his letter to - yes you guessed it - to call for a republic.

Notwithstanding these skirmishes on the periphery, reality has at last arrived. In the Sydney Morning Herald, Geoff Kitney wrote (12 August) that Keating's big idea - including a republic and a new flag as a statement of a new sense of confidence and independence has been swept away.

In fact, the Keating era was no more than a brief aberration!

What more can we say?


They can't leave the constitution alone

As we have seen, some of our Senators can't accept the fact that as Malcolm Turnbull reluctantly admitted, nobody is interested in Australia becoming a republic. Just as nobody supports the republicans plans to change our Flag.

But one thing will interest the electors, and that is if a group of politicians spend a dollar more on this folly. After all they have already seen millions and millions of their dollars diverted from schools and hospitals to pay for not one, but two failed attempts to graft a republic on to the Constitution .

Unfortunately, those Senators are not the only ones who obviously don't treasure our Constitution.

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David Flint is a former chairman of the Australian Press Council and the Australian Broadcasting Authority, is author of The Twilight of the Elites, and Malice in Media Land, published by Freedom Publishing. His latest monograph is Her Majesty at 80: Impeccable Service in an Indispensable Office, Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, Sydney, 2006

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