Republic? More Power For Politicians (p11 of 11)
Conclusion and Summary
- Australia is a fully independent nation. Becoming a Republic would not make Australia any more independent than it now is.
- The Queen has no power in Australian government. The Governor General is the Queen's representative only for the purpose of protecting the people by ensuring that government is just, merciful and lawful. This function would not transfer to a President of the proposed Republic.
- The present governmental structure places a responsibility on the Governor-General to exercise discretionary powers within the historic principles expressed in the oath of office of the Kings and Queens of England to govern 'justly mercifully and lawfully". The meaning of those terms is to be understood in the light of the Christian Scriptures. This principle of government would no longer apply if Australia becomes a Republic.
- If Australia becomes a Republic the principles of the historic oath of office of the Kings and Queens of England will not bind the President. The true basis of government will not be to understand it in the light of the Christian Scriptures but will be the attitudes and opinions of the Prime Minister and the government in power, whatever those might be from time to time.
- If Australia becomes a Republic more power will automatically vest in the Prime Minister and the government of the day.
- If Australia becomes a Republic the powers now exercised by the Governor General will be exercised by the President. No power or authority of the Queen will vest in the President. The President would not replace the Queen. He would replace the Governor-General.
- If Australia becomes a Republic the President will be a "rubber stamp" for the Prime Minister.
The campaign slogan of fifty years ago was "'VOTE 'NO', DECIDEDLY SO" Now, fifty years on, the same slogan is appropriate.
The wording of the question or questions to be on the Ballot Paper for the Referendum has not yet been released by the Government. However, whatever question or questions are on the Ballot Paper in November the real questions are Do you want the politicians' opinions to become the true underlying basis of law and government in the place of Christian ethics? Do you want the politicians to have more power?
Written and authorised by Dr David Mitchell,
18 Proctors Rd. Dynnyrne, Tasmania 7005
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