Mourning the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth II
The passing of our Queen, Elizabeth II is a moment of great sadness for people not only in the realms and the Commonwealth but across the world.
She set the theme of her long reign in her address to the Commonwealth broadcast from South Africa on her 21st year when she declared that she would dedicate her whole life, whether it be long or short, to the service of the great imperial family to which we all belong.
She was to honour that and her Coronation Oath throughout her life and during her long reign.
Older Australians still remember the joy of the nation when on 3 February 1954 the SS Gothic steamed into Sydney Harbour and the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II stepped ashore from the Royal Barge. She was the first reigning British monarch to visit the nation, and Australians turned out in their millions to greet her and Prince Philip with warmth, affection and loyalty.
And she responded by returning many times and in her concern for the nation, even becoming personally involved in aiding the resolution of the place of the states in the federation which culminated in the Australia Act, 1986.
On her Platinum Anniversary, she acknowledged the affection and loyalty of people in the realms and across the Commonwealth, signing it as ‘your servant Elizabeth’.
She was indeed Elizabeth the Great.
And now we have a new sovereign, King Charles III, who also has a deep affection for our land.
So we say with affection and loyalty, God Save The King and Advance Australia Fair.
Professor David Flint for Australians For Constitutional Monarchy.
Welcome to the OurConstitution.org web site.
The Australian Constitution has given the Australian people a Christian Constitutional Monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II is the Sovereign of Australia, but the Australian Constitution delegates all of the Monarch's power to the Governor General, who is the practical Head of State of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Some people are working to change Australia's political system to a Secular Republic, with a President as the Head of State. The present Australian system of Westminister style of government, through the reserve powers of the Sovereign, as exercised by the Governor General, ensures that there is no concentration of power in one person or institution, as is the case in most of the Republics around the world.
This site has been prepared by members of the community. We are concerned that Australians are being encouraged to change our Constitution without really knowing what we are changing from. We are also concerned that many do not understand the implications of such proposals as a presidential system of government without a Governor General and without a Sovereign as Queen of Australia.
The Constitution belongs to the People of Australia, not the politicians. Australia was the first country to choose its Constitution by free, uncoerced and peaceful means. It has enabled Australians, for over 100 years, to enjoy a continuous period of liberty envied the world over.