New Australian PM swears an oath of allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II. This adds scope to the Political Challenges Down Under!
Tony Abbott was sworn in as the 28th Prime Minister of Australia recently. While he grabbed headlines for appointing just one woman to his cabinet, there was another subtle change that caught my eye as he was sworn in.
Under Prime Minister’s Paul Keating, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, the oath of allegience for ministers was changed from swearing an oath to Queen Elizabeth to;
I, (Prime Minister’s name), do swear that I will well and truly serve the Commonwealth of Australia, her land and her people, in the office of the prime minister, so help me God.
However, all that changed on Wednesday as Tony Abbott changed the oath to include;
I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Queen Elizabeth the second, the Queen of Australia.
A debate has gone on in the background of Australian politics ever since with a general consensus that once Queen Elizabeth dies the Australian government will revist this issue. Currently six of the last eight Australian Prime Minister’s have supported changing the head of state. Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser, Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard are in favour, whereas, John Howard and Tony Abbott are opposed.
Take a look and click this [picture link] and ask yourself a question about the political challenges Margaret Thatcher faced. Consider how she dealt with them and what influence she might have had on people like the Australian Prime Minister of today?
Can you see the resemblance after chipping away the natural Ausie straightforwardness and factual styled delivery? I wonder if there is a deliberate attempt to emulate the first great lady?
She appears to measuring her mesage carefully without exagerating her catch in the media sea. How big do you think she’ll be on the global stage in ten years from now? Maybe she’ll overtake her mentor for durability with her stone impression as Maggies iron starts to rust.
Meanwhile, the political challenges from extreme groups will, no doubt, keep revolving and new ways of keeping them back will be discovered by the political offspring of Julia Gillard.
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