It is time that society acknowledges a certain melancholic truth: Australian values and traditions are under siege.
While it is an unequivocal truism that the immense moral and ideological division the world is seeing today has been utilised by the left to undermine democracy on a global scale, within Australian society it has taken a different front: one that denies our great history and founding, and which compromises the valuable traditions that produce our unique identity, regarding them as nothing more than a shameful blockade to our independence in the era of modernity.
This, of course, is the Australian Republican Movement.
As the Referendum of 1999 begot the explicit national message that Australians align themselves with the Crown, thereby refuting the persistent Republican assertion that the Australian constitution is “increasingly out of date” (Gelade Cassandra, 1994), Republicans continually compromise that democratic decision almost two decades later. In doing so, an ongoing motif is illuminated within their arguments – a notion rejected by Australians: that is, the Monarchy is not relevant in modern Australia.
Therein lies the beating heart of the case for a Republic.
‘How can we possibly assimilate to modernity under this ancient, outdated system?’
Again these myths reverberate distrust in our nation and its Constitution – a mere microcosm for their attempt to shatter our values from within. In assessing the fact that support for the Monarchy has reached its highest level since the 1990s, it becomes apparent that, contrary to Republican belief, the Monarchy has appropriately adapted to modernity in a manner that appeals to Australians youths, while maintaining our values accordingly.
Our parliamentary democracy, the basis whereby stability within our government is created; the Judeo-Christian ethics which, as John Howard himself proclaimed, no influence has been “more profound” to Australian society, as it shaped our nation’s moral clarity; the everlasting relations Australia has created through our allegiance to the Commonwealth: these intermeshing facets of Australian history have altogether constructed our unique and independent national identity. That is, the values we inherited from Britain have been instrumental in formulating our own national identity: values which are just as relevant, if not more so, to modern Australia as they were in 1901.
While the Republican Movement continues to repudiate the importance of these notions in the modern world, growth in support for Australia to remain a Constitutional Monarchy remain strong. For these values are interwoven within Australian society, and will remain so into the future.