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Recently, there was a monarchist conference in London which a couple of my Australian Facebook friends actually attended, who happen to be members of the Australian Monarchist League (AML). The AML is one of two major monarchist organisations in Australia, the other being Australians for Constitutional Monarchy (ACM). Both organisations have attracted some quality people and have done some impressive work in defending the Crown and Constitution in this country.

With recent events such as the Brexit referendum, we as monarchists in the Commonwealth have been presented with numerous opportunities for strategy. The monarchy being what it is, an institution above cause and party, stays neutral in political debates that affect our nations. However, there can be no doubt that just as the most devoted monarchists in Britain supported Scotland remaining in the United Kingdom, most of the same are inclined to have favoured Leave in the most recent referendum. In fairness, not all monarchists were for Leave and this is not a slight against them in the slightest. Yet we cannot ignore that Brexit makes for an opportune moment, for it is a significant strike on part of patriotic British people against their enemies.

The reason for monarchist organisations existing in existing monarchies such as Australia is obvious. Arising out of internal politics in this country, the endorsement of republicanism by significant sectors of the political, academic and media classes in the 1990s necessitated a strong response. ACM and AML did strong work in the years leading up to the 1999 referendum, and have done a fine job since in terms of vigilance. While both are nonpartisan groups, they do make statements concerning elections. My understanding of the matter is that ACM does not endorse any political party, but asks parties for their stances come election time. The AML likewise is nonpartisan, but is almost certainly rooted in the conservative movement although ALP politicians like former Senator Joe Bullock have been associated with them too.

A common thread in both Britain and Australia is that republicans are clearly a minority of the population in general, but are disproportionately represented (and noisily so) among media and academic elites, and to a smaller extent in the political class. However, most hardcore republicans appear to be a perhaps ironically homogeneous bunch, and invariably link their republicanism to their other causes as it is part of their warped worldview.

A great gift for us is that republicans in both Britain and Australia do a magnificent job of turning people against them. They are invariably boring, miserable and unpleasant. They turn off even people who are otherwise neutral or apathetic, and that helps our cause because many people who are not convinced or ideological can easily be converted.

And this is where we monarchists need to work hard. Groups like ACM and AML, and like-minded individuals and groups in Britain and the Commonwealth, are responsible for such things as education and advocacy in defence of the Crown and Constitution, in refuting the claims of our opponents, and maintaining the importance of the issue on a constant basis. This sort of activism is important because it is not something you just decide to do when there's an election going on. Most activists in most causes do not sleep between elections, and we should not either.

The international dimension

Monarchism is not simply a cause specific to one country, especially when Queen Elizabeth II is head of state of more than one country. Furthermore, the fate 8of monarchy is rarely isolated. Political trends globally can work for or against us. This is why we monarchists are not merely concerned about the monarchy of our own countries, but those of other too. Because there is the constant danger that losing somewhere will endanger everything everywhere, as is borne out by history.

Our enemies are coordinating beyond national borders as well. Republicans in Britain and Australia, being the determined fanatics they are, have invariably made common cause with like-minded people in Europe and have even held meetings together. It is because of this that a certain vigilance and zeal is required to counter their schemes.

There isn't a global movement, but rather a network of local and national movements who act within their national borders, but show solidarity with and cooperate beyond their national borders. We as monarchists need to be aware of this and act accordingly. Because monarchists in established monarchies, such as Britain and Australia, are invariably well-resourced, it is their support which may make a difference elsewhere.

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I have felt that Australian monarchists should petition to have the oath of allegiance to the Queen returned to the citizenship oath. Canada still has it. It is, of course, symbolic, but it represents Australian history and tradition.

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I firmly believe so too, and furthermore it SHOULD be treated as a formal "Condition Of Employment" when administered to ANY politician in the country and grounds for immediate dismissal if those words not kept to or a contrary position is advocated by said member.

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I wish it was the case, but this is less likely at this point.

In existing monarchies like the UK and Australia, monarchist groups necessarily function as nonpartisan pressure groups. Even in former monarchies such as Romania, this is the case. Monarchism only assumes the form of a political movement when it is faced by a hostile regime, as is the case in Russia, Iran and to a certain extent France.

The key thing to remember is that we are not fighting in isolation. Nobody has succeeded alone but with the support direct or indirect of allies elsewhere.
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