A pro-monarchy group says a billboard advertisement is bordering on political advertising in support of a republic.
The Australian Monarchists League says two billboards in Sydney have urged consumers to "Forget the monarchy, support the publicans".
League national chairman Philip Benwell says the wording of the ad by South Australian beer company Coopers is an attack on the constitutional monarchy.
"This particular advertisement is designed to get people to support publicans, but it's also saying 'Forget the monarchy', and that's what we object to," he said.
"Why couldn't they say 'Forget the Republicans, support the publicans?' Why do they have to attack the monarchy?"
A spokesman for Coopers says the advertisement ran on billboards for just a short time and is not a major issue.
Monday, July 28, 2008
I guess monarchists have as much right as anybody to be oversensitive.
Monarchists upset by beer ad