Guess which queue is often the shortest at Heathrow? "The Rest"... That's been my experience, anyway. We often get through quicker than the British and Europeans because there are more of them. And as Commonwealth citizens we still have rights once we are in the UK that are over and above "the rest". It doesn't mean much, but nor does your passport "grievance" when it comes to making an informed decision about the benefits of an Australian republic. Such grievances are almost childish. At least they would be, if they were real. They're just part of the republican rhetoric.
My Aussie passport gets me alot of benefits in the UAE too!
- Visa on arrival
- No bond required for friends and relatives to come a visit
- I can drive after showing my Aussie licence without a test
- My education qualifications need to be certified but are not challenged
- I get $15,000 a year more than my more expeirenced India peers in the same field
- I can drive into alomost any communty and rarely get challenged by the guard (skin colour more than passport)
- As a tennent, my passport interests some landlords over others applying for same property and rents are less likely to be increased
- As a tourist I can stay here indefinitly by just driving in Oman once a month
Not sure if this is more or less rights or how they compare in significance with UK, but what ever we have with the UK, BFD! Its probably more to do with the fact we come from a country who's people are less likely to cause a problem (and leave) in the UK compared to say Indian and Pakistani.
The issue with the current Head of State
1) He/she is not an Aussie and can never be. For many of us this is an insult.
2) He/she is not elected, we are a democracy (Ifeel more ways than US where the Presidents senior people are choosen, in Australia they are usually elected to paraliment), why is the HoS excluded from our electrol processes. What happens if we get some irrelevent fool as Monach. We may not like our PM past or presence, but we can vote them out and if you still vote and it doesn't happen you are in a minority and need to suck it up.
3) The historic links to the UK are broken/cut/finished
4) More Aussies each year are not descendents of the UK
5) More Aussie each year who are descendents of the UK have mixed blood lines
6) The Current status quo is nothing more than a puppet arrangement which works because we are realatively stable politically including the famous dismissal. There is no real or effective power, no real or effective input to Australian govt and how it runs, works or outcomes. The system is actually a farce and pretence.
7) The current system if anything gives the PM more power as GG is nominated by the PM and only post an election until the GG is actually replaced by the new PM is there any real independence.
8 ) If Australia was to ever really run into political problems far worse than Whitlam, the Queen's puppet arrangement would be pushed aside and ignored. What would Buckingham Palace do, nothing and leave us sort out our own issues. They would stand back and gaggle on mixed irellevents statements. Would the miltary side with the Queen, GG or the PM. DOn't know with last two, but it won't be first.
9) The UK has moved on even if some of us haven't, I have spoken to manny a pom who questions why we still have the HoS as the Queen. The issue question on who should open the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the actual outcome is a almost case closed on why the Queen is irrelevent as HoS.
If the above ain't an example of whats broken I don't know what is.