The Chameleon Crown (Hardback)Anne Twomey (author)
Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 01/12/2006
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Using previously secret government documents, The Chameleon Crown re-writes the history of AustraliaaEURO™s relationship with the United Kingdom and the Crown. It makes clear that the Australian States remained colonial dependencies of the British Crown until 1986 when the Australia Act was passed. It was the aEURO~Queen of the United KingdomaEURO™, not the aEURO~Queen of AustraliaaEURO™ who reigned over them. For many decades historians, lawyers and politicians believed that the British GovernmentaEURO™s role in advising the Queen on State matters was simply a formality and that the British merely provided the aEURO~channel of communicationaEURO™ for State advice. This book reveals for the first time the true extent of the independent role played by the British Government in State affairs as well as the significant role of the Queen. The Chameleon Crown takes the reader behind the scenes into the confidential negotiations between the States, the Commonwealth, the British Government and Buckingham Palace on the termination of the colonial links between the States and the United Kingdom. This was a battle of high politics, played by the likes of Whitlam, Murphy, Bjelke-Petersen, Wran, Fraser, Hawke, in which the sovereignty of the States was at stake. It is essential reading for those interested in Australian politics, history and the monarchy.
Publisher: Federation Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 778 g
Dimensions: 246 x 164 x 22 mm
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