Acm publishes the following letter sent to Sydney’s Daily Telegraph:
" Dear Sir,
Your full front page feature on today’s ( 5 May, 2004)Daily Telegraph “Can’t Save the Queen”
tries to suggest that the Country Womens Association’s (CWA) vote to no longer
sing God Save the Queen is a push towards republicanism.
Nothing could be further from the truth and any attempts by republicans to pretend it is should be regarded as a desperate beat up by a movement fast losing support for its cause; a fact verified by recent opinion polls.
Australian protocol dictates we sing the national anthem unless the Queen herself is present. I understand the CWA still swears its oath of allegiance to “God, Throne and Country.” Those still trying to push republicanism in Australia must first come up with a model that measures up to the safeguards of our current constitutional arrangements which are the best in the world. After intense debate through the 1990’s and over $150 million of tax payers’ funds, they were not able to do so. Republican stunts such as we have seen today do nothing to advance their cause.
Mrs Kerry Jones