Friday Flash Poll: Is it time for a Royal flush?

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Australia has had its share of weird weather this past week, but nothing compared to the whirlwind tour by Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.

While the likeability of the Prince and the Duchess may be rekindling many a love affair with the Royal Family, there are just as many who are turned off by the latest token visit by our nation’s sovereigns.

Sure, these two are about as charming and amiable as a chocolate George Clooney. And one can’t help notice, admire or envy the love in Meghan’s eyes as she dotes on her darling prince, but is this renewed fascination with the crown and her clan enough to make us forget that the monarchy is, well, a little stale and irrelevant?

Australia’s troika of monarchists, republicans and couldn’t-care-lessers have long been debating the merits of tradition, freedom from Royal rule or the right to not give a flying flag (in that order).

Our nation is like the teenager that can’t leave home. Our bags are packed but we just can’t seem to walk out the door. Thoughts of what would happen without mother mingle with how we would deal with our new-found freedom.

Should Australia finally cross the threshold and break free from Royal rule? Or do Harry and Meghan charm you enough to remain in the shadow of the crown?

This is the crux of our Friday Flash Poll: Is it time for a Royal flush?

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    I wish they would all stay home and save us a fortune.

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      nothing compared to our cost for immigration, legal or otherwise not to mention foreign aid . The Royals visit to Dubbo was received with an overwhelming welcome and generated huge economic activity according to the Dubbo mayor I would like to see them more often and more visits to the regions Other counties like NZ are also very welcoming of the Royals

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      You are joking arn’t you, the visit has generated heaps of money for our economy, love them or hate them, but you can’t escape the fact we make money out of them, mind you I suppose you might find it hard to smile at how much happiness they have brought to many people around the country, especially for mental health, I suppose some people just find hate easier to manage, I suppose we should have sympathy for people like your self, but you are entitled to your opinion.

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      Jim, how have they generated heaps of money? Please explain.

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      I will try and explain but I am not sure how receptive you are, wherever you have crowds of people they buy stuff the more people the more stuff gets sold, memorabilia is everywhere, people buy snacks, coffee, people use public transport to get to the venues, they put petrol in their cars, the original estimates of crowds that would attend the venues that the royals were going to be at was put at about 1 million, if ten percent bought something that’s 100,000 people buying something, I have no idea if that many people have actually attended anything or if anyone bought anything, but it seems likely that they have, I suppose there might have been a few bob raised for tickets to the invictus games, but there again maybe no one will attend, what do you think?

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      Yes, Jim, those things happen, but they don\t generate money, just transfer it.

      If you sell me something, no money is generated. You have as much more as I have less. It balances out.

      All that is happening is money is moving around.

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      You got me beat, I don’t understand your response, are you inferring that people don’t spend more money, or that no actual money is generated, what ever you are inferring surely you agree that the economy gets a boost, the government collects, business collects and charities benefit enormously, money is always moving around unfortunately it is usually moving away from me.

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    keeps us a bit more stable than a lot of republic countries.Even if we natter about the financial cost,better than a riot every other week.

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    I am more than a little concerned about how we would go about choosing a head of state, and how much power they might have. Just look at the US! On the other hand it is a tad regressive to keep this old connection to British royalty. Put me in the undecided category.

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      I think we could/should select our head of state as we do our GG now, and that head of state should have the same powers.

      In other words, our head of state would be mainly a figurehead, but, importantly, out own Australian figure head and not a foreign monarch.

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      The way the GG is selected now is that the government puts forward a candidate of their choosing then the house votes on it, so if the government of the day wants to put one of their mates in then you end up with someone who might have a political agenda favouring the government of the day, that’s my understanding, so you would have a political appointment, some might say that’s as it should be, I don’t agree.

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      I don’t agree with political appointments either. Pretty much all appointments to GG have been very good. Certainly they haven’t been political.

      In any case, our heads, if like the GG as they should be, won’t have the power to implement any political agenda, even if they had one.

      Voting for the head by the people could tend to politicise the process. That’s why appointment, by the PM approved by parliament, is best.

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    The younger royals such as Prince Harry are good for the world. Prince Harry does a lot for mental health and good on him for speaking out as they are important issues. I loved the way he embraced Lune the little boy with Down Syndrome. He is shown to be all inclusive just like his mother was. Cannot imagine the older royals getting down at eye level with a lad with special needs. Good on you Harry. Just as well he is not in line to be because he need to be free to be involved and speak out on important social issues Cost too much money to be come a republic ,Money better spent fixing hospitals and homeless people,

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    I don’t mind the ceremonial functions and visits but they should be that only. NOT the head of our country. Roll on the Republic.

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      100% agree. Let’s still enjoy the royals and have them visit but not as our heads.

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      I agree with rtrish and Rod63 it’s about time we became a Republic with the royals visiting occasionally. I think we have more brains than to vote for someone like Trump or Barnaby.

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      Hardworker, I don’t think there should be a vote for the head but it should be a worthy Australian, above politics, like our GGs have been.

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      So some of you think we should have a head of state that is appointed by the parliament, and you would think they would be impartial, say someone like Quentin Price who was openly left wing, Bill Shorten dumped his wife to marry the daughter and got fast tracked into the parliament, that’s how impartial the GG are, from what I understand we have been a republic since 1901 in everything but name, so if we are to become a republic how are we going to get someone who is totally impartial, I think it would be nigh on impossible for either of the main parties to come up with someone who is impartial, maybe the GG should be selected by the people, we couldn’t do any worse, but again the main parties would only put forward their choice, I would be interested in what people genuinely think would be a safe way to elect our head of state.

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      Shifty Shorten is filth.

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      Roy, why do you not like Shorten? I am interested, and who would be better?

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      He is filth, google Bill Shorten union bully boy.

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      Hi musicveg, I know your question isn’t aimed at me, but I think I can give an answer, although I am not calling Shorten filth, as a unionist for more than 50 years I think I am qualified somewhat to offer an opinion on Shorten, just before Shorten got himself elected to parliament, I was part of a group at Port Kembla steelworks, we were trying to save the jobs of ten of our colleagues, we had a really good case, the commissioner at the time told us that we needed to present our case using legal terminology, we had asked head office to supply us with the necessary legal assistance, we were told that there was no money, the following week Shorten who was the secretary of our union arrived out our meeting with his entourage, travelling around the country raising his profile ready for his tilt at politics, when I tackled him about it I was abused and called a whinger, the ten men lost their jobs, Shorten got a better one, the man is a self serving snake, I suppose he is now in a job that’s suits him along with all the other politicians.

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      Musicveg, I suggest Google Bill Shorten/Cleanevent/Chiquita mushrooms/TURC.

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      Don’t worry I am not voting for shorten or the Libs. Still does not explain why anyone dislikes him now, does he not have a chance to improve himself, did many pollies do the wrong thing in their previous jobs? can we give them a chance to become better leaders? Seems like all pollies are in it for themselves anyway.

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      As i said musicveg, Shifty Shorten is out and out filth through and through.

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      musicveg, you are backtracking like mad, Shorten is filth, just admit it, we all make mistakes. He is only for Bill and a social climber, i.e. a champagne socialist. I wish evil on him.

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      Thanks darcy, I must remember that trick that Shifty Shorten tried to wriggle out of, he really is a piece of filth is he not, are you reading this MICK?

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    Barnaby Joyce for President
    And Vicki our First Lady

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    No, we have enough destablisation with the government without making it worse!

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    Would prefer a republic after Elizabeth II but only if we the people could vote for him/her. Was in favor last time when we were asked but changed my mind when the choice shifted to parliamentarians. Who the hell wants an old politician (the one we finally managed to get rid of) back as head of state again? Might end up with another Hollingworth.

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      Why do we need a head of State. The PM should be the Head of State. Why replace one office with another that will just cost the taxpayer millions a year & give jobs for the boys & girls.
      I would vote for being a republic but not if we just replace the GG with a Head of State & knowing our politicians will just create a bigger black hole for our money to disappear into to.
      Australia as a Republic, no Head of State, no GG, big saving for the taxpayer

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      Well Billy – it might have something to do with the way republics work. Every one of them has a president as head of state. As we could see here PMs changed all the time, the president stays a certain term.
      About the saving money aspect I am with you. What about doing away with the eternal pensions for ex members of the ruling class?

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    Royal visits bring joy and fun to us.
    Great for those whose spirits need a lift.The farmers in Dubbo loved them.
    Don’t know any Republic that would want to copy, especially USA.
    We are doing well with what we have thank you.

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      Doesn’t bring me any joy or fun, I hate seeing all that money being wasted. Costing Australian’s a fortune to parade them around.

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      No mate it doesn’t cost us a fortune in fact they generate a fortune to our economy, that’s not to say we shouldn’t have a republic, if you want to look at the money generated by the royals you only have to look at the crowds that gather everywhere they go, then look at the money raised because they support many charities, match that against the heads of state that visit from other countries, especially the USA they support nothing and the security costs are probably higher than that for the royals

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      Don’t agree they create money but yes, their charity work and promotion of great causes is wonderful.

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      Yes, ands don’t forget the “romance factor” for the ladies! We ladies all like a bit a of romance and happy news about the new baby.
      There are so many horrible news on TV about a raging Trump and wars and natural catastrophies and suffering of mankind.
      Let us have a bit of a fairy tale. We need this in our world!

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    Before I’d commit to a Republic change! I’d like to see/hear how the other Countries who are now Republic and once had the British King/Queen as head of State.
    Perhaps Bill Shorten would be preferred by some?

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      Here they are: t
      Ceylon, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanganyika, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda

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      Sen.Cit89 I would not think Shorten would be preferred by anyone for anything.

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      If that piece of filth Shorten was our President, the mind boggles.

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      You forgot the important one, Rod63 – Ireland. They can vote for the President and they got the two Marys as Presidents. Our pollies won’t want that so we keep our Queen it seems. The African ones you mentioned they were better off under the King for what I have seen – I have been to most of them.

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