Today the Queen arrives in Canberra for her occasional visit with her royal sidekick The Duke of Edinburgh. Every few years she makes a visit with the last being in 2006 for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
This week’s discussion is all about the royal family and whether they are still relevant to Australians. Everyone has an opinion and although this issue has been discussed a lot in the past this visit brings it to the forefront. Protesters have hinted at attending the opening of the new Royal Children’s hospital in Victoria but have been warned to stay away.
Firstly, protesting against a person who is supporting a good cause is a little off, and secondly the new hospital is something which should be celebrated and not tarnished. We want the news on Wednesday night to be about the new facility and not some disgruntled Aussies don’t we?
What about the rest of the royal family? William and Kate’s wedding received massive ratings and it certainly felt as if the whole world was caught up in the fanfare. Does liking the people mean we can’t be independent? Do we want to lose our Union Jack and our UK friends that go with it?
Me, well, I don’t like change when it comes to these things, I’m happy to keep the flag, the anthem and all things Fergie. But, now it’s your turn to have a say, how do you feel about the Queen’s visit and everything that it represents?
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