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Argument: The queen represents British not Australian interests abroad

Issue Report: Australian republic vs. monarchy

Supporting quotes

  • Lord McAlpine, former Deputy Chairman of the British conservative party, in his recently publicised book Once a Jolly Bagman, wrote: “The monarchy is thoroughly good for Britain and should continue. However, it does nothing for the Australians. Take the simple proposition of a State visit to Japan. The Queen goes there to sell Britain, and often her visit will be timed to coincide with a British trade mission. She does not promote Australian trade interests in Japan or anywhere else. The monarchy is a thing of the past in Australia; Australia will never truly be a nation while the monarchy lasts there.”[1]