Mr. David Elliott, the Member for Baulkham Hills in the NSW Legislative Assembly, gave his Maiden Speech on 31 May 2011.
His speech hit the headlines for an issue far from the ACM mission. ( Mr. Elliott was the ACM National Campaign Director during the 1999 referendum.)
However, as to matters close to us, he said:
“One of the great political debates of our time has been the role of the Crown in our Constitution.
“In 1999 the people of Australia were given the chance to reaffirm their commitment to the current constitutional arrangements and I was thrilled to have been asked by Professor David Flint, AM, and Mrs Kerry Jones to lead the national no case campaign.
“Needless to say, it was also an interesting year for me to have chosen to write my masters thesis on political communication.
“Nevertheless, the result in New South Wales was decisive and any politician who chooses to dismiss the result of the 1999 referendum does so at his or her own risk.
“After 16 years of republicanism by stealth, I am very much looking forward to the O'Farrell Government's renewed commitment to our constitutional monarchy, starting with the returning of the Governor to Government House.”