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Re: CHAT: General Question

From:andrew <hobbit@...>
Date:Saturday, March 24, 2001, 1:59
Am 03/24 11:09  Tristan McLeay yscrifef:

> No such thing as the Australian Federation. After Federation, Australian > colonies became the Commonwealth of Australia. But I don't reckon NZ > should join the CoA. We should form something different. Hmm... The > United States of Earth? But more commonly Earth. Or the United States of > Hume, so we were called Humans? (sorry, this is an obvious play on the > USA discussion happening here).
Hmmm, Commonwealth of Oceania or the Pacific or something like that. The USH would be Hume Island, well it would be if I could find one in my atlas, so there goes that joke. I understand that NZ is listed in the Articles of Federation, but we've never taken up the option.
> But yes, we should unite, and be a republic, basically replacing the > Governor General with the President, and voting should be compulsory.
We need to be able to choose our own President and not leave it in the hands of the politicians. While I favour republicanism NZ has the problem that our founding document was signed between the representative of the crown and the indigenous tribes. Movement towards republicanism would mean the state looses the legitimacy it has from that document and it will have to be renegotiated. That promises to be messy.
> The most pressing questions are: how are we going to build a city at > least 100miles away from Australia (thats why Canberra was born: a city > was needed to be built no less than 100 miles away from Sydney to be the > capital city), and who/what replaces the Queen on the coins?
100 miles away from Australia? Now I know one of the biggest problems with Oz is that it's above sea level but that's going to extremes! I think we can keep Canberra, but the house there will need extra seats. I like John's suggestions for animals on the coins, but the wowser coin should be two-sided with the larrikin on the opposing side. :) - andrew. -- Andrew Smith, Intheologus Lent: Living in Borrowed Time


John Cowan <cowan@...>