It is understandable that the republicans will be disappointed by polling trends and the reception Australians have given the Royal wedding.
Immediatley after the wedding the republican movement released a story that The Queen had ordered Julia Gillard to make Australia a republic.
As we explained here on Sunday, The Queen has been clear and consistent on this.
It is a matter for us; she will do her duty and she will still respect us whatever we decide.
The story about her issuing an order obviously seemed a fabrication. So we sent out a media release on Sunday morning 1 May explaining this.It was too late for the ABC’s Insiders on Sunday morning (1/5). Two of them seemed to treat this story with some seriousness. (But by Monday the ABC called off an interview with the republican author of this story.)
Kerry- Anne Walsh even suggested that the Prime Minister should act on it provides it were accurate.
The journalists on the Insiders – all republicans- also offered some insights into the Royal Wedding. Gerard Henderson was the most sensible.