Royal or Republic?
I think the whole reason why Australia hasn’t become a republic yet is because there is no real ‘alternative’ to a constitional monarchy. I think there is a lot of good things that the monarchy can do, and a lot of bad things. And yet, a lot of people are sitting down saying “oh well, we’ll just have to wait for someone to think up a model”. Because we all have to think about this model.
That said, we need to acknowledge that the English Royals, especially since Princess Diana, are tremondous public servants. Yes there is that notion that the monarchy is there to rule over the people, but in fact they serve their country. They can ultimately make a difference. But we need to seperate the show-business monarchy to the politcal monarchy. I think we need to look at Sweden monarchy’s. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia are the head of Sweden, however politically they have no power. It’s all show-business. And yet, they are extremely popular.
Currently we are a democracy and democracy is about the sharing of ideas, making sure that every voice gets heard. And that includes the indigenous voices. I think that before we even think about becoming a republic, or staying as a constitutional monarchy, we need to sort our own issues. We need to remove racism from our constitution. We need to include the wonderful history and culture that indigenous Australia has. We need to make sure that they are included, us Australians don’t believe in a fair go for nothing. That issue needs to be sorted out before we even start on planning on becoming a republic or not.
So all in all, there are different ways in resolving this issue.
Ever wondered what $2 a day feels like?
Over the following few weeks, I will be posting posts about Live Below the Line. Live Below the Line (LBL) is a fundraising campaign run by The Oaktree Foundation and The Global Poverty Project to raise awareness that 1.4 billion people live on the Interational Recognized Extreme Poverty Line of US$1.25. That’S US$1.25 for food, drinks, clothing, insurance - everything that they need to survive.
This is an important issue, I believe, that needs to put into awareness, especially in a time where Australia’s aid budget might be cut. There are a lot of people doing this campaign, which is in its second year. So I shall be profiling some of this people, as well as explaining what is Live Below the Line, and the extent which it can help.
So one of the many celebrities endorsing this campaign is Hugh Jackman. This is his statement of support:
I shall be doing this during university, so it will be a massive challenge, especially since I have discovered I quite like a cup of coffee, either at 2pm or at 10am. Basically, this means I won’t be able to have a decent cup of coffee during these five days. I will see if i can scrap instant coffee since water is free.
I have also set up challenges, since I am aiming for $1000.
From $200, I will only walk or cycle to university, or anywhere.
From $400, I will only take cold showers.
From $600, I will get two dreadlocks in my hair.
From $1000, I will get a tattoo.
So do you feel the urge to make me get a tattoo? Donate, either anon, your real name, or a funny name, here is the link that you need to click on in order to donate money to www.livebelowtheline.org.au/sophstomorrowLBL
Drop by and read artofjournalism, as I will be profiling people doing LBL, as well as my experiences doing LBL. In doing so, I do hope you who are reading this but not doing LBL can understand that even though it will be really tough for me, living on $2 a day for everything is a reality for 1.4 billion people.
What makes it interesting that the residents actually do want to put these fences up for the safety of their own children.
So for those who are insistent in believing that all Aborigines are drunkards and dont want to change that, think again.