Letter from Australia
I am taking this opportunity to write to you with regard to two matters which are of concern to people here in Australia as well as to those in all of Her Majesty's other Realms.
The first matter relates to the proposed Ten Minute Rule Motion by Mr Jonathan Sayeed M. P. on the issue of the retirement of the Sovereign and the choosing of Her Majesty's successor by the House of Commons. Very few people, particularly in the Realms, are aware that few Motions of this nature ever proceed further and will undoubtedly be unduly influenced by the media sensationalising of this particular subject. May I emphasise that The Crown belongs to all sixteen Commonwealth Realms and whatever the House of Commons may debate, let alone legislate, will affect all of Her Majesty's subjects outside the Kingdom. It is for this purpose that the Statute of Westminster requires: "that any alteration in the law touching the Succession to the Throne or the Royal Style and Titles shall hereafter require the assent as well of the Parliaments of all the Dominions as of the Parliament of the United Kingdom."
The second matter of concern is with regard to voting in the proposed Referendum on the European Constitution. Many hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of British citizens who reside outside of the United Kingdom will be affected by the decision of the Referendum and we ask whether consideration is being given to allowing ALL British citizens a vote wherever residing in Britain or not?
Philip Benwell MBE
The Australian Monarchist League
P O Box 1068
Double Bay NSW 1360