Can You Help?

This website is in imminent danger of being shut down. It has been online since 1995, but the personal circumstances of the owner, Malcolm Farnsworth, are such that economies have to be made. Server costs and suchlike have become prohibitive. At the urging of people online, I have agreed to see if Patreon provides a solution. More information is available at the Patreon website. If you are able to contribute even $1.00/month to keep the site running, please click the Patreon button below.

Become a Patron!

Queen’s Representative To Open Olympic Games

Prime Minister Howard announced tonight that he would not be opening the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Instead, the games will be opened by the Governor-General, Sir William Deane.

Howard has been under pressure not to open the games since last weekend’s defeat of the republic referendum.

His announcement tonight means that the International Olympic Committee rules requiring the games to be opened by the Head of State of the host nation will be adhered to, at least in part.

As the Queen’s representative, the Governor-General, is, in Howard’s words, “effectively” Head of State.

Many monarchist supporters refused to discuss the Queen during the recent referendum campaign, prompting Paul Keating to refer to their support for the monarchy as “the love that dare not speak its name.”