This is a holiday long weekend in Australia. No work on Monday because it is Australia Day. We celebrate Australia. But, what is Australia?
200 years ago Napoleon’s master, Prince Talleyrand, said, “There is someone more intelligent than Voltaire, more powerful than the emperor–and that is the people.”
100 years later in 1900, this became true in Australia. Today, in 2009, it is still one of the enduring truths of our Commonwealth.
In contrast to other political realities like in Iraq, Afganistan, Zimbabwe or Fiji or even the Vatican, the USA, India and China, the fact is that the Electors of Australia have been able to hold, without interruption, the ultimate constitutional power in Australia for over a hundred years!
This continuous record of peoplepower and political stability is unprecedented in modern world history.