A Letter To The
Dear Mr. Rudd,
President Prime Minister.
First of all, congratulations on becoming the latest Prime Minister of Australia.
I am writing to express my concern at you apparently not swearing allegiance to the Crown as a part of your oath.
As the Prime Minister of Australia, I thought it was a part of your constitutional obligation to express your loyalty to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second as the head of the Commonwealth.
It appears that I was mistaken.
Please excuse my ire, but as far as I am concerned, we live under a constitutional monarchy and not a republic, and I have not had the opportunity to vote either for or against any change of such magnitude.
I would be grateful to know if this departure from the tradition is actually constitutional and therefore legal, or was this a mere error of form?
If the former, then please enlighten me as to when our constitution did change.
At the ripe old age of forty, I have not participated in any referenda on this issue lately.
If your neglect of Her Majesty was merely forgetfulness, then I would consider an apology to the Crown a necessity.
As a student of the Chinese culture, you would surely be aware that losing face is something to be avoided at all costs.
Your behaviour has caused Australia to lose face in my eyes, and in the eyes of many others, and I am at a loss to understand such an appalling breach of etiquette and form from the the leader of our country.
In your acceptance speech you promised to govern for ALL AUSTRALIANS.
Sir, by omitting the Queen and the allegiance you owe her, you are not governing for ALL AUSTRALIANS. I have no idea who you are governing for, and I do not believe it is a promising start to your tenure.
Colour me severely unimpressed. I'm trying to give up swearing, but I don't think I'll be able to hold off the profanity for much longer. I've been so angry and insulted since I read about this before work.
I have no idea as to the legality of Mr Rudd's verbal oathtaking, but it is an outrageous action to take.
For someone who was voted in on the coattails of John Howard's successful policies, he shows an astounding lack of respect for those who felt he offered more of the same (but different) economic success.
I find myself becoming more untrusting of his ability to lead our country with any sort of foresight with such a display of hubris at so solemn an occasion.