Monarchy or republic?

With a royal wedding scheduled for April 29, all eyes are on Kate Middleton and Prince William – unless, of course, you’re one of those Australians who’d prefer to see this country become a republic.

We have seen passionate debate between monarchists and republicans, with good arguments presented by both sides, and Australia won’t become a republic any time soon.

But federal Opposition Leader and staunch monarchist Tony Abbott added a new dimension to the debate recently when he said support for the monarchy need not be rational, and was often a matter of faith – like religion and sport.

“If republicans could bring themselves to suspend hostilities,” he said, “they might come to appreciate that what they currently find inexplicable or even offensive is not so for others and perhaps need not always be for them either.”

Mr Abbott hopes a royal wedding can trump argument.  To that, I would say, “May the best arguments prevail.”

Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 9 January 2011.

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