The Neville Bonner Memorial Prize

The Neville Bonner Memorial Prize is an Australian speaking competition for students in years 9 and 10 from both private and public schools.
The competition aims to encourage these students to take an interest in civics, particularly our system of government and constitutional arrangements.
In 2009, the Australians for Constitutional Monarchy (ACM) held its inaugural competition. Some of Sydney's leading schools received it well and are now integral to an incorporated civics educational programme, which has since expanded rapidly.
In 2010, The Crowned Republic saw competitions in Sydney and the Central Coast. And in 2011, the competition was expanded nationally, with regional competitions held in each capital city and several other regional areas.
Due to the increasing demand for places in the competition, we have decided to facilitate the online competition this year. As always, cash prizes and the prestigious Neville Bonner Memorial Prize shield are at stake. Further, each national finalist will receive a medallion to celebrate their achievement.
Check the complete listing to see if your local branch or state is participating, then get you and your school involved in 2012.
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Crowned Republic

A Crowned Republic is a form of government that features a monarch who serves as a symbolic, ceremonial leader with limited authority over matters related to the executive branch and constitutional issues. This type of system is exemplified by countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom, which are officially classified as constitutional monarchies. Additionally, the term can be applied to historical republics where the head of state held the title of "doge," such as those found in Venice, Genoa, and the Republic of San Marino. In these cases, the monarch's role was largely symbolic, with actual governance being carried out by elected officials or other government bodies. Overall, a crowned republic is a unique blend of monarchical and republican features in which the monarch's role is largely symbolic but still serves an important ceremonial function.
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