|Independent Crown of Australia Network|
a community network dedicated to Australian independence through the
patriation and modernisation of the Australian Crown
Sydney Harbour is crowded with boats of all kinds, its shores an endless parade of people, the water sparkling in the clear sunlight beneath an azure sky - one of those magic days that all harbourside towns experience. The people are happy and relaxing and at one. The horizon is shimmering and silvery, promising the arrival of a gentle cooling breeze. The first billows and flaps of the flags and bunting hanging from every branch and building and from the great arch of the Bridge begin to herald its arrival. There is a sense of expectation, a sense that something is about the change.
Months before, the parliament had accepted the people's choice of the new sovereign. A great assembly of the indigenous nations had prepared and sent the invitation. The open crown of kingship had been wrought. The new sovereign, the successor to the old Queen in faraway London, the Queen-elect as she was being called, had left Europe. She had arrived in Brisbane and had then sailed northwards on her first royal tour of the country. Upon arrival in Darwin the Queen-elect met up with her fiancè, a prince of the Asia Pacific. They continued the tour around to Perth, where they were married in a spectacular state wedding under the stars in Kings Park. The Queen-elect and her consort sailed onto Adelaide then Hobart then Melbourne. Everywhere the people turned out in huge numbers to see their new, their chosen, sovereign and to saviour the historic process they were now embarked upon.
Now, the Queen-elect and her consort are approaching Sydney. The boom-crash announcements of cannon fire flood the harbour and welcome the royal vessel as it cruises towards the Fleet Steps in Farm Cove. The great assembly of the indigenous nations has reconvened at the Steps. A ceremony is going to take place here - a new covenant is to be forged - perhaps it will be the most important ceremony to have occurred in Australia - history will judge.
The meeting of the Queen-elect and her consort with the great assembly will be a conscious and deliberate ceremony of renewal, of covenanting, of begining again. Symbollicaly closer in Farm Cove to each day's new dawn, one bay eastward of Sydney Cove where the old story of Australia began in 1788, a new story will begin of a new Australia. The Queen-elect has been invited to come and settle in Australia and assume the burden of embodied sovereignty. The invitation has come from the native sovereignty inherent in, and expressed by, the great assembly of the indigenous nations, and is authorised by the popular sovereignty of all the people expressed through their election of the Queen-elect to reign.
The Queen-elect and her consort then begin their overland tour to Canberra, where the second great ceremony will take place - the coronation in the Great Hall of the Commonwealth Parliament. The coronation ceremony is performed under the aegis of the Chief Justice of Australia and the local Aboriginal nation. At the same time the royal couple will move into their new home, formerly "Government House" and now known simply as "Yarralumla". And so across every state and territory, every Aboriginal land, every city, town and shire of the federation a personal bond is ritually established between each citizen and their sovereign.
The election, the invitation, the tour, the arrival, the meeting at the steps, the covenanting, the coronation, the move to Yarralumla - by these steps an Australian dynasty is ritually created to provide the men and women who will wear the Australian crown. The invitation from and meeting with the great assembly of the indigenous nations symbollically provides a new basis for the relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. Dispossession and denial are symbollically replaced by repossession and acceptance. Symbolically, the sovereign illustrates the European heritage of Australia, while the consort makes Australia's Asian heritage apparent. Their marriage symbolically unites these two most significant cultural strands in the migrant heritage of most Australians. The coronation rituals brings together the systems of statute and common law and the systems of native law to jointly confer the crown upon the sovereign-elect and with it the authority of both systems of law, ancient and contemporary.
The symbolism of the coronation ceremony will be evident. The deep emotional connection to the land and the sea felt by the Australian people will be invested in the sovereign as the embodiment of the popular will. The mystery of the crown will lie in the way it expresses these intangible values and stories.
The Australian sovereign, wearing the Australian Crown, will be no mere government functionary as the president of a republic would be, or as the governor-general is. The Australia sovereign, bearing the Australian crown, imbued with a spirit of national healing, will be the most significant icon in the cultural and social landscapes of Australia for many generations to come.