Peter Costello on an Australian Republic
; "I think in 2106 we will be a republic because I think in our minds and our imaginations we're already there - we think like that ... The question is how do you produce a legal and constitutional model which will win the acceptance of the Australian people."
The Inevitable Republic
Mark MacKenna in his book,
The Captive Republic
covers how political and public figures since the 1800s have claimed that a republic was inevitable. So inevitable in fact, we are still waiting for it, and Costello has now put that inevitability off until the twenty-second century.
Costello argues that a legal and constitutional model needs to be developed to win acceptance. One of the purposes of South Sea Republic is to create a wider republican doctrine that goes beyond constitutional issues and form a wider political framework.
In my opinion the republic in Australia has been undercut by what I call a 'boo' republic notion which is one of minimalism. Just change the name of the constitution to a republican one!
This is the path that Dutton and Horne took, as well as Turnbull and the ARM. It nearly worked in 1999 as Australians are republican by nature but the 'boo' or the yelling of 'republic' didn't get over the line.
The problem in my opinion is that there was no grounding for the political philosophy other than remove the Queen and change the name.
Republicanism is a set of philosophies, doctrines and practices which have been developed over the years. Rather than exporting these in ad-hoc and arbitrarily they need to be explored, developed, adapted and applied in a provincial Australian permutation to ensure the most efficient form of social organisation in the Australian federal and state forms of government.
McKenna warns against enunciating it as a 'true' form of republicanism
In many ways, the history of Australian republicanism is the story of Australian politicians, journalists and political activists, drawing on these models [British, American and French] and often taking one set of associations - the 'true' republic, into the public domain.
Constitutional Fun Challenge
on this site showed, Australian Republicans are starting to think beyond the British, American and French models.
In addition we are questioning those models and scrutinising them ever more closely for their benefits, weaknesses and faults.
The 'bearded men' wrote a poor constitution that is static to change except in the hands of the High Court. It is an inferior constitutional model.
The challenge for sites such as this is create a fourth republican model, an Australian one, which captures the public imagination, and acceptance. One which is rooted in the republican philosophies in the past, but advances those doctrines to modern technology and needs - serving as the platform for on-going maximum liberty and prosperity.
Phoenix Eats Out
is the restaurant review site for Phoenix
and Old Town Scottsdale
which lists the modernist and contemporary restaurants, taverns and bars in the greater Phoenix area.
This is the list of the most popular restaurants pages from phoenixeatsout.com that have been viewed the most;
My personal favourite restaurants in Phoenix are AZ88
, Humble Pie
, Orange Table
, The Vig
and others coming close behind. View the complete list with the photo-journalistic style images on phoenixeatsout.com
Arizona is an outdoor state and has lots of hiking in the city and around the state. Phoenix is unusual for most cities in having several large mountains in the center of the city with great hiking. Anyone who comes to Phoenix has to do the Echo Canyon trail on Camelback
and the Summit Hike on Squaw Peak
or Piesta Peak. The views of the city, suburbs and surrounding mountains are wonderful from Camelback and Piesta Peak.
For more experienced hikers there is the McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale that has several difficult and strenuous hikes in Tom's Thumb
and Bell Pass
. Alternatively, you can hike the highest mountain in Arizona. At 12,600 feet Humphrey's Peak
is a long and difficult hike.
Between 2004 and 2009 this site, southsearepublic.org
, was a constitutional blog based on scoop which focused on Australian and global constitutional issues.
One of the strongest aspects of it was the development of constitutions by those involved in the blog. These constitutions are the outcome:
The constitutions were built using principles from Montesquieu's separation of powers, the enlightnment's universal political rights and the ancient Athenian technology of sortition and choice by lot.
South Sea Republic started in 2004 as an Australian constitutional blog in 2004 based on scoop software. It was an immigrative outgrowth of Kuro5hin. The archives for each year since then;
The articles are ordered by views.
I am an Australian living in the United States as a permanent resident.
I am a software developer by trade and mostly work in Java and jump between middleware and front end.
I originally worked in the New York area of the United States in telecommunications before moving to Washington DC and
working in a mix of telecommunications, energy and ITS. I started my own software company before heading out to
Arizona and working with Shutterfly. Since then I have joined a startup in the Phoenix area and am thoroughly enjoying myself.
I do a lot of photography which I post on this website, but also on flickr. I have a photo-journalistic website which lists
the modernist and contemporary restaurants in phoenix. I have a site on the Australian Flying Corps [AFC]
which has been around since the 1990s and which I unfortunately
lost the .org URL to during a life event; however, it is under the www.australianflyingcorps.com
The AFC website has gone through several iterations since the 90s and the two most recent are Australian Flying Corps Archives(2004-2002)
Australian Flying Corps Archives(2002-1999)
which are good places to start.