from FlyingBuffaloes7 Website
The current Commonwealth Games serve to
remind us of the glorious British conquests and that Queen
Victoria crowned herself Empress of India.
It was formally a prison colony, with many of the convicts having been political prisoners. Today, the Queen is still Australia's head of government. Contrary to common belief, she is not just a figurehead. The Queen can dissolve the Australian Parliament whenever she pleases.
She also has the power to control money
appropriations, appoint and remove judges, negate proposed laws, and
has full command of the armed forces.
The Governor-General is the commander in chief of Australia's naval and military forces – that is, the Queen has the final say in Australian military deployments. It is the Queen who decides whether Australian troops remain in Afghanistan.
Why the Queen does not always exercise
her powers can be explained by the lesson learned from Charles I,
which has taught British monarchs to use Parliaments as a front.
Since 1975, the Queen has
unceremoniously discarded two first-term Prime Ministers who ran
afoul of her. Gough Whitlam and Kevin Rudd know very
well that popular Prime Ministers can be removed by the Queen before
the people have the chance to re-elect them.
Let the leaders who cry for war fight
the battles on the front line. Perhaps there would be fewer who
would put their hands up for war.
If Australians want to empower their Prime Minister, they would need to have a referendum to amend the Constitution to become a republic in order to break away from British rule. Of course the referendum could prove to be a futile exercise because the Constitution cannot be changed without the Queen's assent.
One does not have to be psychic to know
that the Queen would not readily relinquish her power.