Bigoted Bedrock of Our Law
Act of Settlement (1701), Anne Boleyn (c.1500-1536), anti-Catholicism, Australian constitution, British throne, Charles III (b.1948), Commonwealth, constitution, constitutional law, David Cameron (b.1966), Elizabeth II (b.1926), feudal principle, inheritance, Kate Middleton (b.1982), law, laws, legal, monarch, monarchy, primogeniture, protestantism, republican campaign, republicanism, royal tradition, Saxe-Coburg Gotha, succession, Thomas Paine (1737-1809), throne, Tony Blair (b.1953), treason, Treason Act (1351), William V (b.1982), Windsor
Amidst media fervour over the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton (Princess Catherine), Geoffrey Robertson raises the Australian republican question in this opinion piece. Beginning with reference to Thomas Paineâ€™s denunciation of hereditary monarchy and the religious bias of the 1701 Act of Settlement which prevents non-Protestant heirs from succeeding to the British throne, Robertson suggests that Australiaâ€™s enduring penchant for royal tradition is what keeps it part of the commonwealth. He goes on to cite examples of what he refers to as â€˜medieval nonsenseâ€™ that â€˜still applies in Australiaâ€™, including the feudal principle of primogeniture, the 1351 Treason Act and obsolete but unrepealed laws such as one that vests the ownership of wild swans with the monarch.
Robertson, Geoffrey QC
29 April 2011
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