Keep sta­tus quo

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

CARD­WELL’S old man o f t h e s e a F r i s c o Watkins won’t be go­ing to see Prince Wil­liam to­day, but he’ll there in spirit.

R e t i r e d f i s h e r ma n , Frisco, as he likes to be known, said he’s not a monar­chist or a repub­li­can but he’s happy to see the sta­tus quo stay the way it is and for Aus­tralia to re­main a monar­chy. He’s wor­ried about the fi­nan­cial and so­cial costs of aban­don­ing the monar­chy in or­der to be­come a repub­lic. He thinks the repub­li­cans have a hid­den agenda and given the chance will want t o fid­dle with the con­sti­tu­tion.

‘‘ I’m wor­ried the repub­li­cans only want to change the con­sti­tu­tion. That’s what fright­ens me. There’s an old say­ing ‘ if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’,’’ he said.

‘‘ I think we are bet­ter o f f wi t h t h e c o n s t i - t ut i o n. I t hi nk now we’ve got a lot of peo­ple i n t his coun­try who grew up in places where they hate the English,’’ he said.

Stand­ing in the front yard of the house his par­ents built in Card­well’s main street in 1925, Frisco of­fers the o p i n i o n t h a t P r i n c e Charles will never be King of Eng­land. He thinks the hon­our will go to Wil­liam.

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