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Foreword by the Hon. Sir Walter Campbell, AC QC.

Niccolò’s Ghost (Author’s Introduction).

Debates behind the writing of this book. Importance of Commonwealth experiences in 20th Century evolution of the Crown. "Forseyite monarchism". Thanks.

Book One: Whispers of History

Book Two: Civil Politics and the Crown

Book Three: The Flies of a Summer

A Declaration of "Positive"Rights

The democratic case against a declaration of "positive"rights. Historical perspective: Tom Paine versus Edmund Burke. Paine's principles, and the "vanity and presumption of governing beyond the grave". Australian Constitution "Benthamite". Dicey's distinction between English common-law rights and Continental constitutions. Dangers of grandiloquent statements. Judicial aristocracy and philosophical issues: the frustration of US Supreme Court judges. Historical transmutation of meaning. The Bench politicised: the US "solution" of judicial appointment, and La Fiesta de San Fermin. Stripping the people of power: the historical context of the US Bill of Rights, as a Federalist instrument of class hegemony. Issues summed up by Orwell: All Animals are Equal, but Some Animals are More Equal than Others.


Of Many Things

A Walk Along the North Shore
The demagogues' agenda reaching further than the republic itself.

A Change of Standard
Issue of a changed flag conceptually distinct from that of a republic, but bound up in the current nationalist atmosphere. Presence of Union Jack not necessarily implying any colonial status: twelve Australasian and South Pacific countries, States and Associated States with Union Jack on their ensigns, none of which are colonies, and one (Hawaii) that was never a British colony. Tuvalu's reclaiming of its original flag incorporating Union Jack: a sign Australian postcolonial obsessions are outdated.

Supply
Interlinking of safeguards by Crown with other parliamentary safeguards - earlier lines of defence. Historical origins of control of Supply, in English mediaeval realpolitik: parliamentary leash on executive actions. Relevant given the modern political abuses by Prime Ministers, particularly in Australia. Powers of the Senate as a States'House, modelled on the Commons, not the Lords. The 1975 Dismissal, and flaws in Whitlam's defence of his own actions.

The Ending of States
Importance of retaining the States, and a federal system, to the liberty of the people: issues outlined in 1789 by Dickenson at the drafting of the US Constitution. Federations as transitory structures? A mathematical analysis. Whitlam and State fears of constitutional integrity. November referendum process may be flawed in its assumptions: Quick and Garran, and the obnoxious implications of forcing a republican form of government on a monarchist State. Australia becomes a conglomerate of republics and monarchies. Why the Queen will not (and cannot) abdicate from loyalist States. The Rhodesian example. Implications of secession, and historical precedents. Western Australia's 1933 move to secession.

Epilogue.

Lord Hewart and discontent. Representative democracy as a form of catharsis. Summary of arguments. Monarchist alternative to the Oz Republic: an eight-point plan for genuine reform of the Crown, including aboriginal reconciliation, reform of the Govenor-General's post and removal of the offensive elements of the current laws of royal Succession. Opportunity exists in the Crown to elevate our community over the politicans, its (and our) elected servants. International forum to mark these reforms for the Centenary of Federation presents itself: the 2001 Brisbane CHOGM, a more appropriate venue than a sporting festival in Sydney.

Endnotes

Bibliography

Index

(448 pages, including prelims; 20 B/W photos and illustrations.)