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Quentin Bryce's legacy is in her words of wisdom on the monarchy
Date November 24, 2013
Tribal elder leaving her legacy: Governor-General Quentin Bryce.
Bravo, Governor-General Quentin Bryce! In her final Boyer lecture of the year on Friday, our outgoing GG dared to dream, to put to the nation a vision of a future whereby our system of government might have a real live Australian at its head, instead of the progeny of a family of English aristocrats. (This, believe it or not, is a revolutionary idea to some.)
''One day,'' she said, ''one young girl or boy may even grow up to be our nation's first head of state …''
Wonderful. In the first place, the statement blows away the sophistry put out by the monarchists for decades that it is not the Queen who is the head of state at all, but the Governor-General. (Seriously, Professor David Flint, how does your argument stand up now, when the Governor-General herself has shattered it?) Second, hers is no more than an honest statement of hope, just as it was when, clearly on the subject of gay marriage, she hoped we might become a nation where ''people are free to love and marry whom they choose''.

These are no more ''political statements'' - as her predictable critics have cried - than it would be if she had expressed the hope that we can eradicate poverty. Can anyone really argue that Australia having an Australian head of state, and all Australians having equal rights regardless of their sexuality is not an ideal?
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It is the statement of a tribal elder, readying to part the scene and leaving as a legacy her wise words. Bravo, Governor-General Quentin Bryce. We dips our lids. At least, most of us do. Don't worry about Professor Flint.
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Aussie Governor General on Monarchy.
From THE AGE Newspaper. The Governor General is the Queen's representative in Australia and acts on her behalf! The Governor General has the power to dismiss elected governments on the authority of the Queen. The current GG is faintly, but courageously echoing what is in the minds of millions of thinking Australians about the idea of being a people's republic.
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Does Australia need to hand in part of its fiscal revenue to the Queen yearly ?

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snowipine Post time: 2013-11-25 13:44
Does Australia need to hand in part of its fiscal revenue to the Queen yearly ?

The GG is irreverent in Australian society. Australia is a republic in all but name.

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The GG is irreverent in Australian society. Australia is a republic in all but name.

GG is the representive of the Queen, then is here has no any economic relation between GG and Australia?

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snowipine Post time: 2013-11-25 14:03
GG is the representive of the Queen, then is here has no any economic relation between GG and Aust ...

No, we are a republic with a queen

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snowipine Post time: 2013-11-25 14:03
GG is the representive of the Queen, then is here has no any economic relation between GG and Aust ...

There are plenty of queens in Australia, we could ask one of them.
Stan, you're holding a gun to God's head. I can't think of a metaphor that's better than this.

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