February 11, 2005
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
Statement by the National Convenor
National Office, Sydney Australia
“Australians will wish Prince Charles well on the announcement of his forthcoming marriage “ the National Convener of Australians For Constitutional Monarchy, Professor David Flint said today.
“The marriage has no constitutional implications for Australia. The spouse of the Sovereign is usually accorded a courtesy title, but not any formal position in our constitutional system. It is to be regretted that activists have intruded into this happy occasion by attempting to revive interest in making fundamental changes to our constitution.
Australians have long demonstrated that they are a wise constitutional people, only agreeing to constitutional change when it is demonstrated that the change is, as one of our Founders said, desirable, irresistible and inevitable. The fact is that anyone can design a constitution. Unfortunately, very few work, and work as long as the Australian system has, in peace and in war, in depression and in times of iprosperity.
It is in the context of our heritage, our successful and stable constitutional system, our sound institutions and our fundamental values that Australians have achieved so much and made such significant contributions to the world.”