Support for traditional symbols on the rise

The results of the latest Morgan Poll on the issue of Republic versus Monarchy were recently released.

To give some background information to the poll, it should be noted that in 1999 (when the vote on the issue of a republic was held) 54% of Australians polled were in favour of a Republic, whilst 39% wanted to retain the Monarchy.

However, in a turn-around of results, the Morgan company’s 2011 poll showed that now only 34% of Australians want a Republic, whilst 55% want to retain the Monarchy. In fact, over the last decade or so, support for the status quo has been steadily rising, with more Australians becoming in favour of retaining the Monarchy.

This is an interesting trend on the topic.

Is this rise in the popularity of the status quo simply an expression of an increased desire for the political framework of having a Constitutional Monarchy, or does it go deeper than that? Could it be that more and more people are awakening to the attacks by the promoters of multiculturalism against our traditional way of life? Could it be that people are getting fed up with the increasing “joys of diversity” they see all around them, as their suburbs and towns change from Australian communities into little outposts of Lebanon, Hong Kong, Somalia, etc.?

Anecdotal evidence indicates that Australians are beginning to appreciate more and more their traditional ties and the historical roots of their European heritage. It may well be that many people are beginning to regard the traditional symbols of our founding heritage, such as the Monarchy and the Flag, less as “British” symbols in an era of exclusive Australianism and more as “Australian” symbols in an era of rampant multiculturalism and Third World immigration.

Just as the lowest point of those supporting the Monarchy was in 1997-1998, the lowest point for those opposing a change to the Australian flag was also in 1998.

The Morgan polling company has, over several years, been polling on the question “Do you think Australia should have a new design for our National Flag?”; in 1998 only 44% wanted to retain the present flag, but by the 2010 poll this figure had risen to 66% – a massive increase.

What had happened in the intervening years? For a start, there was a new iconography of the use of the flag in Australian society. When the Cronulla Troubles occurred in 2005, there were thousands of young people who came out to protest about the violence against beach-going Australians by groups of allegedly Lebanese Muslim men (violence which had been occurring for years, but disregarded by officials because of “political correctness”). Feeling abandoned and ignored by multiculturalist politicians and the police, many of these young Aussies began to proudly display Australian flags, whether flying them from their cars or wearing them as patriotic capes (Pauline Hanson style).

The Morgan poll shows that, contrary to prior expectations, support for the Australian flag has risen amongst the young, instead of having fallen as had been projected: 74% of 14-17 year olds are in favour of retaining the current flag, which becomes 66% in the 18-24 bracket, then dropping to 63% and 64% for the 25-34 and 35-49 age groups respectively. The Australian flag has become a young person’s flag.

The anti-national “elite” have been pushing multiculturalism and globalism at the expense of Australia’s up and coming generations for decades – and this appears to have created a backlash, pushing Australian youth towards a broad patriotism of expressing their “Aussie Pride”. As part of this patriotic resurgence, more and more young Australians have been developing a national iconography of their own, such as having Australian flags and Southern Cross designs tattooed on their bodies, as well as wearing Australian flag styled bikinis or bathers. It is a great thing to see so many young Australians expressing their patriotism with such obvious national pride.

Could it be that the youth of Australia are beginning to turn their backs on the political ideology of multiculturalism and are instead embracing our nation’s traditional symbols as a way of expressing their own style of Australianism? It may well be that the machinations of the multiculturalist elements embedded deep within our social and political institutions, with all their anti-Australian snobbery and anti-national propaganda, may be beginning to backfire.

We look forward to the future to see how this cultural rebelliousness of our young people against globalism pans out.

Gary Morgan, Michele Levine and Julian McCrann. “Australia’s Constitutional Future: Opinion Polling” [PDF file] (Presented to Australians for Constitutional Monarchy), Roy Morgan Research, 8 October 2011
Clear Majority Want to Keep the Australian Flag” [Finding No. 4495], Roy Morgan Research, 13 May 2010 [see section entitled “Should Australia Have A New Design For National Flag?”]
Most Australians Still Support Republic With Elected President” (Morgan Poll), Roy Morgan Research, 21 December 1999 [“54% said Australia should become a republic with an elected President, while 39% said Australia should remain a monarchy and 7% were undecided.”]
Key results” (1999 Referendum Report and Statistics), Australian Electoral Commission [The referendum result was: “Republic question: Yes 45.13% No 54.87%”]


  1. We should all be following the progress of Geert Wilders in Holland, the Dutch Freedom Party are really making a difference, Geert Wilders is one of the truly great leaders in the world today!

  2. Australia is in grave trouble – a few more years of the traitorious Labor government will see this nation to crisis point on many issues, if we are not prepared to stand up and fight, now, we deserve the consequences!

  3. slap in the face of the left who are always trying to change things.

  4. Soothsayer says

    Last year I was on the Sunshine Coast holidaying. At the township I stayed at I noticed that each night the local Surf Lifesaver restaurant had a steady stream of customers while the local Asian eateries (Thai and Chinese) didn't have as good business.

    It was the first time I got it. The Surf Lifesaver club restaurant didn't sell the best food but it was an organisation that would put back into the local community. The Asian restaurants weren't as popular because they weren't seen as putting back into the local community. They have a reputation of employing out of their own community, sending money back to their countries of origin and not assimilating or integrating, not paying award wages etc.,

    It left me feeling that patrons were having a silent protest. They weren't there for the food but for the Australiana atmosphere and to support an organisation that contributed to the local Australian community; not go to a restaurant where proceeds would go back to another country, the staff couldn't speak English and didn't like Australian culture (or even Australians), the owners didn't want to pay tax (and the list goes on).

  5. I left the UK many years ago partly because Indian and Pakistani magrants had hijacked our west London community. Everything changed in the 50s and 60s – shops changed, movies changed, laws changed*. Temples and Mosques started to appear.
    Lots of violent clashes took place between the English hosts and the new migrants. Tensions and bitter resentment still exist over there all these years later. Britain is no longer the country that I loved and was so proud of in those years just after the war.
    When I see Indian migrants moving into our north Brisbane community, especially since 2007 when the rush started, I get this terrble dejavue feeling and I am sorry I can't help feeling hatred towards these people that I blame for destroying the homeland that I loved.
    Obviously I understand that the Labour governement in the UK that permitted this inrush of 3rd world migrants was the culprit, not the migrants themselves. However it does not stop the horrible feelings I have when I see my Australian community slowly being hijacked in the same way.
    I feel very guilty about my feelings of hatred since I know I cannot blame any individual migrant for what is happening. It is again this damned government that just does seem capable of seeing the long term imnpact of their immigration policies.

    Laws changed such as the requirement for motorcyclists to wear helmets. Seiks were allowed to go without.
    Worse was when to Seiks were given permission to join the British police and NOT wear the tradional British bobby helmet.
    I see Gillard and co also making such allowances here. I want to vomit when I see our traditional value system changing this way. Immigrants should change when coming to a new country – the country should not change.

    • Soothsayer says

      I'm with you Len. Individuals are nice but when you have a whole community set itself up, it will change the atmosphere. A lot of immigrants from the third world seem more concerned about helping out their own communities and people 'back home'. The commitment to Australia isn't there.

      It causes the local established community to be eroded. Multicultural enclaves will do everything to make their community strong, and because they don't have to learn English the motivation won't be there. And how can you have a cohesive community when people can't speak the same language.

      It's the different cultural values as well. I notice muslim women look me up and down like I'm a whore or something (honestly they are in the wrong country). The Indians are loose with the truth and think it's okay if they give you a pretty smile while they are fibbing (that makes it okay I guess).

  6. I find it sickening that for two nights in a row those bullshit 7.00 pm current affair programs promoted a Japanese only store with all products coming from Japan and everything priced at $2.80… In times where fair dinkum Aussies are going out of business left, right and centre, this is what the media is promoting!…. What hope have we as a nation got!!.. Our world war veterans would be spinning in their graves… Wake the F*** up White Australia!!

  7. Dick Smith Foods' last stand

    Dick Smith is relaunching his Australian-made foods brand, saying it is now more important than ever to support local farmers unable to compete in a price war.

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