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To: NormsRevenge

Here’s something the Australians might not have considered.

Why not replace the English monarch with an Australian one?

That is, since the monarch has no authority in Australia, why not elect a king and queen every couple of years, as people who represent Australia.

Their purpose would be as official “greeters” to important visitors, making tourism commercials, and generally act as the focal point of the things Australia wants to show off.

Put them in a “palace”, a trade center showing Australian products and corporations, along with interesting cultural stuff.


8 posted on 05/09/2008 8:33:36 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I nominate Nick Tate for King.


10 posted on 05/09/2008 9:09:28 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

It has been considered. The major problem with it is, we’d never get agreement on who should take the role.

For reasons I’ve just outlined in a longer post, a lot of us don’t want an elected person in the role either - that would politicise it.


12 posted on 05/09/2008 9:17:10 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Just to elaborate on a few points:

Why not replace the English monarch with an Australian one?

We have - Australia is reigned over by Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.

Yes, it's the same person as the Queen of the United Kingdom, but legally, we're dealing with a separate entity.

That is, since the monarch has no authority in Australia, why not elect a king and queen every couple of years, as people who represent Australia.

The Monarch does have authority in Australia. Immense authority, actually. She can dismiss and appoint a government, at will, for example. If she wanted to.

A representative of the Queen, the Governor-General is appointed, to represent Her within Australia, and Australia overseas.

13 posted on 05/09/2008 9:24:37 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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