Opinion

Welcome to 380,000 new babies born on Tuesday

EDITORIAL: According to credible estimates, more than 380,000 babies were born on Tuesday.

That doesn't mean each birth is not a reason to celebrate.

But it puts into perspective the huge reaction to the news of a child born to a widely loved English family.

Whatever your stance on the British monarchy, it is interesting to note this: the child has no name yet (he may soon have a few - daddy is William Arthur Philip Louis Wales) but he is already recognised in the Australian Constitution.

Our constitution does not mention a prime minister.

It does not recognise our indigenous inhabitants nor our local councils.

But it does recognise the new baby.

Our constitution says that all executive power is vested in the descendants of Queen Victoria.

Whoever ascends to the British throne also ascends to ours: the Governor-General is simply a representative of the monarch.

Our ministers are technically appointed by the Governor-General to serve as the Queen's government.

It is only convention that says this happens under the advice of the PM.

It is only convention that a PM exists.

So this baby boy, should he grow to be King of Australia, shall if he chooses have the power to appoint - or dismiss - our government, block our legislation and command our armed forces.

His weight at birth may, in hindsight, become a somewhat insignificant detail.

We hope he, and the other babies who share his birthday, have happy lives.

We wish all those families well.

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