Re: 70 years of an absent head of state
  Geoffrey D Dean

I agree, as Sir Peter Cosgrove says, The Governor-General should
remain as is, appointed by the Federal Government.

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Subject:Re: [TramsDownUnder] 70 years of an absent head of state

That's right Dudley. The exercise of executive power in Australia is
conferred by the Constitution upon the Governor General, not the
Queen. That's the significant reason, for example, why the Queen did
not intervene in the decision by John Kerr to dismiss the Whitlam
government. For a short while after Federation, British Monarchs
appointed the Governor General, but Billy Hughes moved to put the
kybosh on that. We've been a quasi Republic since 1901, making our own
decisions about everything. Not to be confused with whom our political
leaders chose to ally themselves with. The main danger with the
republic proposal I see is whether it might result in the Governor
General becoming a political rather than a neutral head of state. The
present system works well for us.

Tony P

On Monday, 6 June 2022 at 20:02:24 UTC+10transit...@...
Her Majesty may be Queen of Australia, but she is not the Head of
for Australia.  That position belongs to our Governor-General, and
been recognized as such since about 1906.



On 4/06/2022 5:27 pm, Mal Rowe wrote:
> As an Australian, I find it a bit hard to get enthused about a

> monarch, but the achievement of QE II to last 70 years in the job is

> remarkable.


> The Queen (as Princess Elizabeth) was supposed to visit Australia in

> 1952, but went home after the South Africa part of the tour when her

> father died suddenly.


> The 1954 Royal Visit was the first time a reigning monarch visited

> Australia and the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board, headed

> Major General Robert Risson was determined to celebrate the event in

> style.


> The only PCC car was taken off passenger service and adorned with

> celebratory panels.  The attached pic is an MMTB official image.


> The Royal standard is the centre piece with the State of Victoria

> of arms at left and the monogram of the Melbourne and Metropolitan

> Tramways Board at right.


> Mal Rowe - occasional passenger on the PCC car


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