Originally Posted by Fi-Fi
i guess on an official level we do recognise the Britsh rule but the fact that the queen is our head of state doesnt actually mean that the British really have much of an impact in australian politics.
im actually studying this stuff for school so i can give u some info on what the 'yes' campaign was for the rejected referendum for us to become a republic in 1999
the idea was that:
Sure, I'll take more info. My goal is to do a presentation for my first-year college course here in the United States, and I want to try to draw some kind of comparison between Australia and U.S., in terms of their origins, and point out that even though the two both originated as colonies, the events were so different in the two countries, that common thinking towards being a "Commonwealth" nation is completely different. I know Australians don't seem bothered so much at all by having the Queen of England/Australia as their "head of state" but tell someone here in the U.S. to recognize the English queen, and you'll be shot probably. So here it's hard to grasp, but that's what I am up against.
Also, I was wondering... In the U.S., we have a president (i'd rather not go into specifics here
lol), who can make a choice such as going to war (again, no specifics lol), and I believe he can go to war for 30 days without the approval of anyone, but after than, Congress must vote to approve the war. In Australia, who makes this decision? If you were attacked, for example, and had to defend, who takes that initiative? Prime minister? JW.
Also, what's Australian attitude towards the U.S.? I'm not a native American (but moved here when I was 6, and am now almost 18), and I resent the general attitude of the Americans ,that they are the greatest thing on Earth, but then I meet them, most are great people, so I don't try to generalize. But I definetely cannot like our current president. His approval rating here in the U.S. just dropped to an all-time low of 39%, I believe. When he began the Iraq war, it was near 80%. During the elections, it was near 50%. Anyways, I know Australia supports the U.S. in military, but what's the attitude of the people?