Philip Benwell

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Philip Benwell is the longest serving head of any mainstream monarchist or republican organisation in Australia, having been National Chairman of the Australian Monarchist League since 1993.

He has a background in business, banking and agriculture. However, for over 20 years he has devoted his life full-time to the Australian Monarchist League on a voluntary basis.

He is the author of two published books: “In Defence of Australia's Constitutional Monarchy” ISBN: 07734-66967 (2003) and “A very public affair – The Australian Constitution and Crown” ISBN 978-0-646-51652-3 (2013/4) and a booklet on Australia for Schools ISBN Number: 978-0-646-96330-3 (2016).

His advice on the Australian and British Constitutions is often sought in Britain and elsewhere. The late Lord Molyneaux of Killead had commented that Benwell “is renowned not only in Australia but throughout the Commonwealth for his dedication to sound governance. His first-hand experience of structures in most nations of the world, where his judgment is widely respected, has led to his advice being widely sought in democracies great and small.

He had been awarded the Order of the British Empire in the 1976 Commonwealth Honours List.