By Paul Kelly
Containing broad interviews with a few of Australia's earlier and current leaders, this ebook examines over a century of the Australian country, its humans, its significant occasions, and its customers for the long run. 5 issues are explored: childrens of the Empire; the increase and fall of white Australia; the land of the reasonable pass; the gradual march to reconciliation; and the farewell to nice and strong buddies.
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George V was not pleased. He wanted to exercise a discretion. The British Government tried to dissuade Scullin. The Opposition leader, John Latham, a tall lean legal technician and future Chief Justice, attacked the proposal as reflecting a ‘narrow Australian jingoism’. His essential stance was that ‘there is no reason to make a change’. Isaacs’ biographer, Zelman Cowen, says: ‘The argument was that it was utterly undesirable to change what had been proved since the Federation to be so good. ’ The issue was deferred until Scullin went to London for the Imperial Conference.
These changes, flowing from the Declaration and the Statute, also involved a new conception of monarchy which gradually took hold. They implied the divisibility of the Crown. The Queen of the United Kingdom is the same queen and lives in the same palace as the Queen of Australia but these are two different Crowns. The Queen of the United Kingdom acting on advice from her British ministers might be implementing a policy detrimental to the Queen of Australia acting on advice from her Australian ministers.
This argument is now known as the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ view of politics. It has been recycled throughout Australia’s history. It is an intellectual key to Australian conservatism. It was the same argument advanced by John Howard 70 years later against the 1999 republic referendum. Australia adopted the Statute under the Curtin Government in 1942, eleven years after its passage at Westminster. In effect, Britain regarded Australia as constitutionally independent from 1931 despite Australia’s reluctance.
100 Years: The Australian Story by Paul Kelly