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Sunday, September 04, 2005
Wattle Day 2005

Wattle Day reignites republic debate, ABC, 01/09/05

Prime Minister John Howard says Wattle Day is for all Australians, regardless of whether they are republicans or monarchists.

Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone is a republican and she has urged republicans to adopt Wattle Day on September 1 to promote the cause.

But it appears Mr Howard, a staunch monarchist, disagrees with his Minister.

"I like Wattle Day," he said.

"I think it is an emblem though that belongs to all Australians, irrespective of whether they support or oppose the existing constitutional arrangements."


Now I don't mind Wattle Day either and I'm a Loyalist. I think Amanda is clutching at straws using wattle for soft sell republicanism. Even the ABC commentators including former Republican leader Frank Cassidy said she must be desperate! And that without any prompting!

The view that Wattle Day is for all seems to be the most common one.

Reminds me of these words from a Banjo Patterson poem first published as an open letter to the troops in the Sydney Morning Herald in World War 1:


"We're all Australians Now" - A.B. Patterson (1915)

And with Australia's flag shall fly

A spray of wattle bough,

To symbolise our unity,

We're all Australians now.


If republicans are really hell bent on reviving the long defunct Wattle Day for their own ends then it might be worth Australian Loyalists pointing out that the colours Green and Gold are of Islamic significance appearing on the Arab League flag as they do.

This might be one way of ending the usefulness of this patriotic celebration to the enemy.

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