The Courier-Mail

A REIGN CHECK

- Dennis Atkins is The Courier-Mail’s national affairs editor dennis.atkins@news.com.au

preference­s among smaller parties.

While there might be a “focus of national unity” when one of the royal household gets married or celebrates a birth (something we ignore when there’s one of the increasing­ly regular royal divorces), the political nature of a democracy means voters congregate in tribes and say bugger unity. It might be a In his first two years, Francis, through the deployment of his modest personalit­y and inclusive rhetoric, has skilfully created the impression of a much more open and tolerant Church without actually changing doctrine. wrench to get rid of the royal family but they wouldn’t be missed once they were gone.

After a tumult of indignatio­n – no doubt replete with “the end of the world as we know it” warnings – that famous British attitude of getting on with life would emerge and the sun would continue to rise in the east.

As a bonus, the Exchequer would have about £80 million extra ($A165 million) to play with and assets worth billions to add to the balance sheet.

If the British did get rid of their monarch – there has to be a generous royal pension scheme somewhere in the official apparatus that supports the Windsors – in Australia we would have to adjust.

While Tony Abbott and monarchist kingpin David Flint might need counsellin­g, we could easily shift to a republic and think about following New Zealand by ditching the Union Jack from out flag.

Having the same job for 23,277 days is an achievemen­t but it’s time to let go. Queen Elizabeth, your time is up.

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PART OF OUR HERITAGE: Queen Elizabeth is greeted by Brisbane crowds on October 24, 2011. Picture: Jodie Richter
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