Yes, I am shocked too, that I could actually type those words. Christopher Pyne (Member for Sturt) did not qualify for “right-wing respect of the week” for being so gazelle-like, or beating Tony Abbott to get away from a vote, nor does that mean we automatically love everything he does, he loses a lot of respect for poking his tongue out to the Speaker Anna Burke (see: here), but apart from all that, respect is for this piece which was published in Fairfax.
Christopher Pyne …
While Australians admire the Queen, and I do too, it’s time every Australian had the chance to be Australia’s head of state. We would not tolerate in Australia today one of our elected representatives being excluded from office on the basis of their religion or family, yet we tolerate our head of state being chosen that way.
One day, perhaps when Prince Charles ascends to the throne, it will be time to revisit Australia having an Australian head of state.
Queen Elizabeth is Australia’s head of state. The Governor-General is only her representative. So of course, I am the subject of Queen Elizabeth and one day, unless Australia becomes a republic, we will all be the subjects of King Charles III.
I don’t feel a hereditary monarchy, where our head of state is chosen simply on the basis of the luck of being born into the British royal family, is right for Australia.
While some readers may disagree with this, I feel that it important to occasionally acknowledge the sane things done by people we are ideologically different to.
*Disclaimer: it may not have been Pyne who wrote this, it may have been a staffer, it may have been a misprint, but as it appears in the paper, and for not kowtowing to a foreign head of state, Respect.
quoting is covered under copyright if the total quoted is less than 10%, this quote by Pyne is less than 10% of the total article, and should be considered fair use