The CDP are supportive of Australia remaining a Constitutional Monarchy

God save the Queen

“Uphold our Christian Constitutional Monarchy and Christian Westminster System of Government through the policies of the CDP as a Christian Democratic Political Movement, respecting the sovereignty of Australia.”

The CDP are supportive of Australia remaining a Constitutional Monarchy, but it is not always well understood the reasons for this stance or why we are against Australia becoming a Republic. One of the 5 objectives of the CDP is to;

“Uphold our Christian Constitutional Monarchy and Christian Westminster System of Government through the policies of the CDP as a Christian Democratic Political Movement, respecting the sovereignty of Australia.”

Here are some reasons why believe it is advantageous to remain a Constitutional Monarchy;

  • It is in line with our Christianity: A Monarchy reflects the inherent hierarchy in our faith, with that being Christ as King, and therefore I believe we are reflecting a kingdom model of Government.
  • Protecting and respecting our History: The CDP are unashamedly for Christian values. Our country was founded on Christian values and has a Christian heritage. We believe that upholding our constitutional monarchy goes hand in hand with maintaining our Judeo/Christian heritage.
  • Keeps another level of accountability: A constitutional monarchy keeps the Queen (or a King) as the head of state, ensuring there is another level of checks and balances. It stops any one person having complete control or power, like it would in an absolute monarchy. It ensures our head of state isn’t aligned with any political party or agenda, like in the case of a Republican system of Government that the United States of America have. And it stops an elected government from having too much power.

 

British-American libertarian writer Matthew Feeney gives reason to support a constitutional monarchy when he wrote in 2013:

“In the last hundred years many European nations have experienced fascism, communism and military dictatorships. However, countries with constitutional monarchies have managed for the most part to avoid extreme politics in part because monarchies provide a check on the wills of populist politicians. Europeans monarchies-such as the Danish, Belgian, Swedish, Dutch, Norwegian and British-have ruled over countries that are among the most stable, prosperous, and free in the world. Constitutional monarchs make it difficult for dramatic political change to occur, often times by representing traditions and customs that politicians cannot replace and few citizens would like to see overthrown.”

 

I believe we get the best of both systems with a constitutional monarchy. Yes we have a to have a foreign head of state, with her representative being the Governor General of Australia, and at a state level having Governors, but in reality they have little input to the way Australian Government is run, rather just adding protection and further accountability.

And considering we are not paying for the service the Queen brings, I do not see it advantageous to change systems.