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Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, royalty by freoview on February 26, 2016

What! A royal walkway in Fremantle to celebrate that Queen Elizabeth II occupied the throne for 63 years? A walkway at Arthur Head that only a few years ago became the Manjarree Trail to inform people about the Aboriginal history of the area.

Have people conveniently forgotten that British settlement of Western Australia did not happen at the invitation of the Wadjuk Nyoongar people but was forced upon them? Shall we ignore the atrocities at the Quod indigenous prison on Rottnest Island, the massacres and the Stolen Generations and the abuse handed out to Aboriginal children?

And why would we want to celebrate a selfish monarch not willing to step down and make way for her son Charles, who is now almost getting too old to become king,  because mummy does not care about his royal career.

Australia is well on its way to become a republic in the foreseeable future and we don’t need a path to celebrate the archaic institution of royalty.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Roggy said, on February 27, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Regardless of Australia’s chances of becoming a Republic in the future, and people’s personal views on that, we have Betty’s Jetty and numerous other nods to our British roots. Why not use this as an opportunity to further recognize the Noongar people who have lived in the SW area of WA for 45,000+ years?

  2. Lionel said, on February 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    That doesn’t necessarily mean you understand the ramifications of having an executive branch beyond the elected leader. There are many benefits to this that whilst largely ceremonial, manifest themselves as a peaceful, successful nation. Have a look at the list of ceremonial constitutional monarchies some time – most of the best places in the world to live are one.

  3. freoview said, on February 26, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    I was born in a monarchy in the Netherlands, so brought up with it Lionel.


  4. Mark said, on February 26, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Roel, Australia is decades away from becoming a Republic, just the mess it would make with our legal and government systems alone, is worth questioning why bother, then there is the cost. The Pro-republican side of course says just a a few hundred million and the against side says up to $2.5 billion, not that I believe either. But I can say if costs run into hundreds of millions of dollars I can think of better things to do with the money.

    By the way that selfish old monarch as you put it, has done more for charities than any other monarch in history (or more than almost anyone else) for a huge range of groups,research from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) reveals that the Queen is among the world’s greatest supporters of charities and has the helped the many organisations of which she is patron raise over £1.4bn.

    The Queen is patron to 510 charities in Britain, including Cancer Research UK, the British Red Cross and Barnado’s. The wider Royal Family support a grand total of 2,415 charities in Britain, with this figure rising to almost 3,000 worldwide.

    Elizabeth II favours charities that tackle community and civic issues. These organisations constitute 14% of her charitable portfolio, with education and training causes following a close second, also amounting to 14%.

    So I don’t see any big issue of naming something after her.

    It could have been worse for WA if the French or Dutch had colonized WA instead of the British, as all mentioned had their fair share of dark days in history and the then common act of colonization, as Indonesia can attest too.

  5. Lionel said, on February 26, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Not sure why you are so against the monarchy but one of the main reasons you live in such a safe, free and prosperous nation is due to the fact that it is a constitutional monarchy. You should be grateful for this system, even if you don’t fully understand what having a monarch limited by the constitution brings you.

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