“I am a highly transactional businessman like you” Turnbull to Trump, 28 January 2017.
Prime Minister Turnbull is reported in The Guardian Australia of 01.01.18 as expecting that Australia becoming a republic “ … will become an issue after the end of the Queen’s reign” but he does not think that “it will become a frontline issue before then. That is Mr Turnbull’s “objective view, [and] it is one he [has] held for a long time, for well over a decade, well, since 99.”
That is the year when the referendum was defeated.
Reminded that Queen Elisabeth II will be 92 next April, Mr. Turnbull suggested that a survey similar to the marriage equality postal survey could solve the issue whether Australians want to be joined in a republic.
“We all say ‘long live the Queen’ and we say that with great sincerity and with love,” Mr Turnbull added. But he did not hope much for the issue to be a lively one and he suggested that “the first thing you would need to do is have an honest, open discussion about how a president would be elected.” Whether the president should be elected by a two-thirds majority of members of parliament or directly by the electors seems to be the thorn of the problem. “That – said Mr. Turnbull – is the rock on which the referendum floundered in 99.”
Labor immediately suggested that Mr Turnbull might have release a “thought bubble.”
Nevertheless, at least it seems, Labor would be open to a postal survey, presumably on the two steps: 1) should Australia become a republic? and 2) should Australia have an Australian head of state? “Once we have done that – and Labor believes that the majority would say yeas to a republic – “we can then have a discussion about what form that would take.”
I am almost embarrassed to repeat myself, but this is how I see the development of events.
As soon as the present sovereign abdicates/dies “the heir apparent or heir presumptive succeeds to the throne immediately, with no need for confirmation or further ceremony (Wikipedia, Accession, Official website of the British Monarchy. Accessed on 02.10.18.).
Nevertheless, the Accession Council meets and decides upon the making of the accession proclamation, which by custom has for centuries been ceremonially proclaimed in public places, in London, York, Edinburgh and other cities. Under the terms of the Act of Settlement 1701, a new monarch succeeds automatically. The proclamation merely confirms by name, the identity of the heir who has succeeded.
The Council is made up of Privy Counsellors, Great Officers of State, members of the House of Lords, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, the Aldermen of the City of London, High Commissioners of Commonwealth realms, and other civil servants. (Wikipedia, Accession Council, accessed on 02.01.18).
Basic stuff, really, not even first year law student.
Having read the relevant acts, I am prepared to anticipate that the next king of Australia will be Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales. The middle names are both a sad remembrance and a promise of things to come. One should think of Charles III, “Charlie’.
The rest is for historians, serious scholars, political analysts, and students of the law, of which Mr Malcolm Bligh Turnbull does not seem to be one. He is a dishonest hypocrite, as one was recently pointedly and authoritatively reminded.
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