Alex Hawke, LNP Member for Mitchell, of the hard right faction, tweeted this
God Save the Queen: the anthem sung in Australia for 170 years. But not good enough for Julia Gillard to sing. Unacceptable in a PM #auspol
Since the Queen of ENGLAND isn’t actually in Australia, and I suspect busy with other things (her Blood-Diamond Jubilee), the idea of PM Gillard singing God Save The Queen is ridiculous.
That fountain of all knowledge, Wikipedia says:
In Australia, the song has standing through a Royal Proclamation issued by Governor-General Sir Ninian Stephen on 19 April 1984. It was declared the Royal Anthem and is to be played when the Monarch or a member of the Royal Family is present. The same Proclamation made “Advance Australia Fair” the National Anthem and the basis for the Vice-Regal Salute (the first four and last two bars of the Anthem).
So there is no reason for PM Julia Gillard to be singing God Save The Queen, officially or otherwise.
What was the purpose of this tweet, to highlight Ms Gillard’s atheism? Her being born in Wales (uh, so what, Tony Abbott was born in England and came to Australia as a boat person)? Or is the LNP still adjusting to the idea that ‘Advance Australia Fair’ become the official national anthem in 1984, under a Hawke Labor government?