Waleed Ally smuggled a thought bubble past the subbies:
It’s not all bad news though; the opening sentence probably resulted in an almond chai decaf latte being spat out in a chi chi Mosman café this morning; So, republicanism is now a minority position in Australia.
Put Peter Fitzsimons’ therapist on danger money, baby.
He then proceeds to state the bleedin’ obvious for several hundred repetitive and tautologous words, which he helpfully summarised early on in the piece, to save bored readers time:
…..a huge number found something appealing in it, even when the public relations were terrible. That’s true even with the absurdity of Australia having a foreign head of state, determined by hereditary rules.
Yes Waleed, people are irrational about the Monarchy. Also, the prospect of “President Rudd” or “First Lady Lisa Wilkinson” probably scares the living daylights out of them.
His answer though? You’re going to love it, it’s a doozy:
What if, instead of a monarch or a president, we had an Australian Elder? That is, a recognised Indigenous elder, appointed as our head of state for life.
Can anyone see any potential problems with this? Beuller? Bruce Pascoe? Anyone?
Also, appointed by whom?
Surely not The King?
Also, slightly controversial question; if we could poll the 24 million Australians, how many would be able to name even one recognised Indigenous elder?
Not a famous sports star or TV presenter, but “elder”, with all the inferred gravitas that noun contains.
We could even call our Elder “Uncle” or “Aunty”. And when our Aunty dies, deep rituals of mourning would already exist, ready for us to embrace as a nation.
He’s “thinking past the sale” here, we haven’t been able to think of an example anyone’s heard of yet.
Also, a teensy-weensy task of a communication exercise is required to let the rest of the world know that Australia will now be using “Uncle” in a different context to the two globally accepted norms of (1) parental sibling, or (2) “friend of Mum’s who often comes over when Dad is out”.
This though, is the ultimate in race-baiting projection:
Obviously, this office is racially closed. But so is the monarchy, which is always going to be white…
Which is another way of saying Prince George will be prevented from marrying anyone outside his race if he should wish to do so.
Scenario-play that through for a moment; let’s say in 2035, he’s been publicly dating an intelligent, beautiful, famous Nigerian heiress for a couple of years. Does anyone actually think he’s not going to be able to marry her? Or, that when it’s his turn to take the throne, there will be a law passed preventing the couple becoming King and Queen?
Waleed has the superpower of being able to see future racism from over decade away. That’s impressive.
Ultimately, as Waleed concludes:
It’s rough, and not fully thought through, I admit.
No shit, Sherlock?
(Uncle) Bill’s Opinon
Let replace an illogical tradition that’s evolved over a thousand years in to one the majority of people agree works well enough for them, with a newly invented illogical tradition and hope everything will go ok.
Alternatively, let’s focus our time and resources to crack on with doing something useful like inventing practical fusion energy generation or high speed mass transit or somethin’.