The public and deliberate intrusion of the GG into matters pertaining to constitutional and legislative policy – on matters that may come before Parliament – is a clear violation of the GG’s role to remain impartial and above politics. She now has only one course of action left to her, and that is to resign.
Governor-General Quentin Bryce has publicly backed both Australia becoming a republic and gay marriage in a landmark speech in Sydney.
I don’t know how she can survive this intrusion into public debate about matters that are clearly with the legislative arm of government – not to mention siding with the Opposition leader (son-in-law) against the PM on those matters. The GG has been criticised previously for actively interfering in public debate. Andrew Bolt from 2009:
Yet her new job seems to have gone to her head, because our Activist-General’s apparent pretensions to be the political leader we neither asked for nor should want have become alarming.
Abbott should move swiftly to deal with the GG, although her term in office is nearly up. Good riddens.
It is unfortunate that there are so many people in the Liberal Party that are Labor Lite.
Some are more solid and consistent than others.
Liberal Senator Dean Smith says Ms Bryce had crossed the line by voicing opinions on two sensitive political issues.
Senator Smith says Ms Bryce is held in high regard by many people and he is disappointed she has decided to involve herself in a political debate.
“Last night’s departure into current political events will come as a slap in the face to many, many Australians, and a significant breach of trust because she would know better than most that that central office is so integral to stay above the day to day political fray,” he said.
“She has stepped across the line in inviting a commentary around two very, very sensitive issues.”
The national convenor of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, David Flint, says the comments are regrettable and a mistake.
“I think it’s a great pity because the constitutional system requires that the Crown be above politics so that when the representative of the Crown – which is the Governor-General or the Governor – speaks, they shouldn’t be talking about politics. It’s just it goes against the position,” he said.
“There are a number of people who are now going to wonder about her. There’s this sense of division that she’s created and the position is not intended to be divisive – it’s intended to unite and be above politics.
“So we’ve got commentators everywhere on these issues, couldn’t she have left them alone until she was out of the office?”
It is a shame that the PM has swung left since he took power.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the Governor-General is entitled to express her personal opinion.
On the positive side, the current GG is a perfect example of why people will not vote for a republic.