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The myth of the disppearing Commonwealth

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Major General Michael Keating


Independent Australia's David Donovan and ARM chair Mike Keating had a piece published on the the ABC's Drum Unleashed website yesterday. It lays to lay to rest the surprisingly resilient myth that when and if Australia becomes a Republic, it would have to quit the Commonwealth and wouldn't be able to compete in the Commonwealth Games.

Here's their intro:

The Commonwealth Games has been a great spectacle and many of us have enjoyed watching Australia win so many events and dominate the medal tally, as we seem to do at every Commonwealth Games these days.

It reminds us that during the lead up to the 1999 referendum on the Australian Republic, monarchists established a particular myth firmly in many Australians minds. It’s the one that pretends that as a republic we won’t be able to continue to participate in the Commonwealth Games.

Read the full story on the ABC website.  
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