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Posted in fremantle, western australia by freoview on August 25, 2014

Former Fremantle Ports CEO Kerry Sanderson has been appointed the new Governor of Western Australia by Premier Colin Barnett on behalf of the Queen of England. She was the CEO of the Ports for 17 years and the Agent General in London after that.

Now bring on the republic so we can get rid of the monarchy in Australia, and these archaic institutions, that cost taxpayers a huge amount of money.

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  1. Mark. said, on August 27, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    The grass is always greener on the other side of fence?
    In Australia the average citizen will see no difference between our current situation and becoming a republic, thou we would need to spend millions to change the status quo, with real change at street level?
    It will only benefit a few on their twisted political directions, then we will need to find the next great saving grace for our beloved country. Again driven by a few looking to give themselves their 15 sec of attention.
    I bet 50% of the country couldn’t tell the difference between a constitutional monarchy and a republic?
    I bet local elections get more attention, that being less than 35%, tells u how high it is on the priority list?


  2. Lionel said, on August 27, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    It is not ideological.

    It makes a difference to the legal system. It makes a difference to the political system. Both of these things affect citizens immensely. One of the major reasons the American political system is such a mess is due to them being a republic. The last thing we want is to emulate that.


  3. freoview said, on August 27, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Plenty of issues, so little time, and so little sleep.



  4. diana ryan said, on August 27, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Paul Keating used to say we would not be able to stand our own ground amongst the rise and rise of Asian countries such as China if we didn’t become a republic.

    I don’t think China cares either way.

    It is very difficult to understand what difference monarchy versus republic really makes. Seems an ideological argument, distracting us from the real issues we should be facing. There’s a lot of that.


  5. Lionel said, on August 27, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Go have a look at a list of republics. There are a few great nations in that list but not many. The majority of them are places you wouldn’t want to live.

    Now go have a look a list of constitutional monarchies – there are only a few you wouldn’t be happy in (PNG anyone?).

    I won’t bore you with all the benefits of a constitutional monarchy, but I will say that unless you do a bit of reading of your own, you won’t appreciate how good they are until they are gone. People who wish for a republic and don’t put forward any good reasons as to why we should have one run the risk of derailing our great nation for no gain.


  6. freoview said, on August 27, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I know noooooooooooothing, but republics works pretty well around the world.



  7. Lionel said, on August 27, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    That is because you don’t understand the legal and social ramifications of a republic.


  8. freoview said, on August 27, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Malcolm McCusker is an inspirational man and he did donate his salary to charity, but governors and governor general are for me personally not part of a modern independent Australia.



  9. The Codfather said, on August 27, 2014 at 11:24 am

    And what now for Mr. McCusker? One of the best governors we’ve had, imho. If they’re handing out knighthoods again, he’s the sort of person who ought to be high on the list.


  10. The Codfather said, on August 27, 2014 at 11:22 am

    “Now bring on the republic so we can get rid of the monarchy in Australia, and these archaic institutions, that cost taxpayers a huge amount of money.” So who is to head our executive branch? Are we to have our executive appointed by the Governor-General (*President?) through the federal government, removing yet another layer of WA’s sovereignty? Or are we to simply have the premier as head of government and head of state? I would’ve thought the current state government is a strong argument against the latter. The current parliamentary system works bloody well, and shouldn’t be replaced merely for symbolism.


  11. freoishome said, on August 26, 2014 at 5:26 am

    In the 17 years she was in charge of Fremantle Port Authority what happened to relations with the City?
    If she had been CEO just 5 years earlier would the America’s Cup have happened at all, with its transformational role in the CoF? Would the plans to have a major container port in Kwinana/Cockburn already have been completed and built? Would Kwinana Port have been the spearhead Port from Asia to Australia, superseding Melbourne in growth? Should FPA have a more community role with the CoF, following from the success of the ‘Cup’? These were the progressive visions of FPA before her arrival.


  12. Michael said, on August 25, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Oh sh****t. The person who locked out public access to our river in Fremantle, and who manipulated use and access of our publicly owned land (i.e.: Victoria Quay) for purely corporate purposes, despite it being only vested in her control for PUBLIC purposes, is now the governor? Is this not appointing the poacher as not just gamekeeper but as Magistrate as well?


  13. Mark. said, on August 25, 2014 at 10:16 pm



  14. Lionel said, on August 25, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Constitutional monarchies are the most stable and successful nations in the world. Having a figurehead with the power of veto (albeit one that is never used) provides structure and hierarchy that republics wish they had.


  15. diana ryan said, on August 25, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    GO KERRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And speaking of wiping out expensive archaic institutions, let’s do away with deputy Mayors and their higher pay packets! I don’t think these they-do-what-now? roles even featured in the Robson Review on Metro Local Govt Reform.

    Sava da money on these “deputies” and put it to something else. Councillors can and should stand in for the mayor as required and they do a good job when they do. That’s all you need.


  16. Mark. said, on August 25, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Roel how much is the huge amount of money that this institution actually costs the tax payer?
    The only difference will be to have someone doing the same job with a different title costing us the same or more?


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