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Naming tiff divides wild colonial fan groups

Alex Mitchell
June 11, 2006

The genteel world of Her Majesty's most loyal and obedient servants has erupted in civil war, with rival bodies in Sydney now laying claim to the monarchist franchise.

In the blue corner is the Australian Monarchist League, led by former bank officer Philip Benwell. And in the even bluer corner is the Monarchist League in Australia Ltd, which held its founding meeting on Friday night.

The new organisation is the brainchild of well-connected Paddington accountant Peter Cavanagh, the inaugural chairman, who once belonged to Mr Benwell's outfit.

But when the UK-based International Monarchist League severed links with Mr Benwell's Australian group six months ago, Mr Cavanagh and his friends decided to start their own royalist group to represent the international body in Australia.

They have registered the organisation with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and incorporated it as a company limited by guarantee.

This distinguishes it from Mr Benwell's body, which operates as a non-tax-paying charity, rendering it exempt from GST.

On the eve of the Monarchist League in Australia's first meeting at the State Library two days ago, Mr Cavanagh received a letter from a Melbourne solicitor representing Mr Benwell's group which threatened legal action under the Trade Practices Act.

While Mr Cavanagh has rejected the rival body's complaint, declaring they were not "competing businesses", Mr Benwell has emailed his members saying: "We greatly value our name and have written to the directors of this rival league objecting to their use of it and requesting that they desist.

"Please be assured that your national council are doing everything we possibly can to protect the identity of YOUR Australian Monarchist League."

Friday night's inaugural meeting was addressed by Professor David Flint, national convenor of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, the umbrella body for royalists. He and Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts are patrons of the new organisation.

One of Mr Cavanagh's recruits, another refugee from the monarchist league, said: "The website of Mr Benwell's organisation lists Pro Hart and Beryl Evans as patrons but both have passed away recently. I think you will see that will happen to the Australian Monarchist League as well."

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/naming-tiff-divides-wild-colonial-fan-groups/2006/06/10/1149815366716.html
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I was sent this article by Mr. Cavanagh himself, who I met in London at the Constitutional Monarchy Association's Golden Jubilee dinner in 2002. This was the first I'd heard of this split, which is unfortunate.


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I believe there has always been a split, between the Australians for Constitutional Monarchy and the Australian Monarchist Leauge.

 

I'm a member of both of the above groups and at times they can be critical of each other, in regards to activities, campaigns etc.

 

Essentially this is just over the name of the new group, nothing of substance. The division in the republicans is over the model of republic, how to achieve it etc. Whereas this is just a name.

 

Hopefully the leadership of the groups can get over it and move on to more important things, like preserving our Crown.

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This is very saddening and disheartening. Why is there more than one group anyway? In the UK we have the Constitutional Monarchy Association, of which I am a member, and as far as I know, that's it. I'm also a member of the International Monarchist League.

 

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I'm not entirely sure, from what I can tell it has more to do with tactics, missions and maybe personality clashes.

The Monarchist League in Australia (later to become the Australian Monarchist League) was originally established to protect our Queen from vilification during the 1990's, as part of the International Monarchist League (which it later left). 

 

ACM was established with the purpose of defending our Constitution and The Crown's place in it.

 

http://www.norepublic.com.au - Australians for Constitutional Monarchy

http://www.monarchist.org.au - Australian Monarchist League

 

 

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