posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 05:07 AM
reply to post by Mapleleaf_Messenger
All three are members of the Commonwealth of Nations, to be a member a nation must recognize QEII as head of state... Where are you from?
There are currently 54 nations in the Commonwealth of which only 15 recognize the Queen as Head of State. Fiji and South Africa are two that come to
mind immediately. Mozambique is a member, and was never even part of the British Empire.
The Queen of England is not the Queen of Australia. They happen to be the same individual but they are entirely separate 'offices'. That the Queen
of Australia chooses to live in exile doesn't disturb most Aussies, it just makes her occasional visits all the more anticipated and provides a
continuing market for TV docos on the wacky Royals.
Whether or not Canada, Australia, and New Zealand continue to recognize the Queen as HoS into the future is, to a greater or lesser degree, a matter
for continued debate in each country. There is certainly a vocal republican movement in Australia who think that it is a sign of maturity to cast off
the last vestigial link with its colonial past and provide for an Australian HoS that is truly Australian. The debate continues.
The OP's thesis that recognition of the Queen, and the continuation of the Commonwealth means that the member nations are still colonies is wrong,
and to somehow couch that silly idea in even sillier remarks that such independence is illegal and renders the laws and governments of those countries
null and void is just silly.
Australia was granted independence in 1901 and the idea that the British Government could somehow take back that independence due to some perceived
threat by the League of Nations is also ridiculous. Its true that Australia didn't issue passports under its own name until 1954, but at least it had
control over its own Constitution right from the start. Canada didn't get that control over its own Constitution until 1982. These are details tied
up with the historical ties of each country with 'the mother country', internal politics, and the adoption of the Statute of Westminster, but they
don't make either country any less independent in fact, international law, or self image.
The simple fact that all nations on earth, including the UK and its Queen, recognize these nations as independent and responsible for their own
affairs makes the independence a fact. Period. Australia has been an independent nation since 1901. For all former Empire dominions (except India), it
became law at adoption of the Statute of Westminster in 1931 (or at ratification of same by the various Dominion legislatures).