A Hug a Monarchist (HaM) competition will run from now until the Friday of the week before the June 2011 Queen's birthday holiday. The winners will be announced on that Queen's birthday.
We will be looking at sponsors for prizes, but at the minimum, the ARM will be offering two gold class cinema tickets plus $50 spending money to the person who hugs the highest profile monarchist and captures this event photographically with the ARM logo being also included somewhere in the frame.
We will determine the list of high profile monarchist. More details will follow.
Please note, and this is the MOST important point, we want people to be aware that hugging people who don't want to be hugged is assault, so please don't be over-zealous. The ARM does not endorse assault or threatening behaviour and will NOT accept any responsibility for this sort of behaviour.
The underlying message of HaM is one of fun and togetherness as Australians, because the Australian Republic is for ALL Australians, monarchists as well. Let's face it, monarchists are cranky only because they are scared and worried. Give them a hug and tell them it will be alright. It's the only decent thing to do! If they don't want a hug, a handshake or a high-five or a good friendly double thumbs up is better than nothing (though it won't get you any prizes in this competition).