This letter from John Cape of Black Rock in Victoria appeared in The Australian on 2 February 2012.
Neville Wright (Letters 31/1) claims that we need to become a republic because we "will not progress until we rid ourselves of an overlord."
An Australian has just been awarded a Nobel prize.
Australian business leaders work at senior levels in corporations throughout the world. One person born here heads the greatest media empire ever seen.
We have a female governor-general, a female prime minister and a female attorney-general.
Our banks are among the strongest in the world, as is our currency. Our armed services have a reputation second to none, and our sportspeople acquit themselves well wherever they compete.
We have a freedom that is envied by millions. Not bad for a country that hasn't progressed.