Australia reacts to Queen’s death: NSW Parliament suspended for a week; Elizabeth’s long reign ‘unlikely to be repeated’, says Paul Keating – live | The queen




‘An example of public leadership’: Paul Keating pays tribute

The former Prime Minister has released a tribute to the Queen. Keating outraged the British press when the Queen visited Australia and he touched her back to guide her on.

Keating says:

In the 20th century, the self was privatized while the public realm, the realm of the common good, was largely neglected.

Queen Elizabeth II understood this and instinctively attached herself to the public good against what she recognized as a tidal wave of private interest and private reward. And she did that for a lifetime. Never deviates.

She was an example of public leadership, wedded to an age of political restraint, and always remained the constitutional monarch.

To the extent that a hereditary monarch can ever reflect the will or conscience of a people, in the case of Great Britain, Queen Elizabeth II assimilated a national consciousness that reflected all the good instincts and customs that the British people possessed and held close to their hearts.

In a 70-year reign, she was obliged to meet literally hundreds of thousands of officials – presidents, prime ministers, ministers, premiers, mayors and municipal personalities.

It was more than one person should ever have been asked to do.

But Queen Elizabeth II’s stoicism and moralism welded her to the task and with it the idea of ​​monarchy.

Her unusually long, dedicated reign is unlikely to be repeated; not just in Britain but in the world in general.

With her passing, her example of public service remains with us as a lesson in dedication to a lifelong mission in what she saw as the value of what is both enduringly good and right.

The Queen and former Prime Minister Paul Keating leaving Parliament House in Canberra on 24 February 1992.
The Queen and former Prime Minister Paul Keating leaving Parliament House in Canberra on 24 February 1992. Photo: Stephen Dupont/AFP

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AAP reports that Queensland will also delay the sitting of parliament next week, as the other states and the federal parliament have also announced.

NEW: Queensland Premier.@AnnastaciaMP has confirmed that next week’s parliamentary sittings will be postponed due to the Queen’s death.

“This is done as a mark of respect while observing a period of mourning and is in line with the Australian Parliament.”

— @MartySilk (@MartySilkHack) 9 September 2022

Premier of South Australia, Peter Malinauskasis calling on his fellow South Australians to light their porch lights tonight in honor of the Queen.

Natasha May

Natasha May

Daniel Phillips and his two German Shepherds bring flowers to Government House in Sydney.

Phillips’ first memory of the Queen was when she came to Sydney to officially open the Opera House in 1973.

Its sails will be lit tonight in her honor.

A man stands with a bouquet of flowers and two strings attached to two German Shepherds
Daniel Phillips and his two German Shepherds bring flowers to Government House in Sydney. Photo: Natasha May/The Guardian
A man places a bouquet of flowers by a fence
Daniel Phillips and his two German Shepherds bring flowers to Government House in Sydney. Photo: Natasha May/The Guardian

Scottish actor and Succession star Brian Cox is in Australia at the moment for a series of talks, and was on 2GB radio a short time ago talking about his memories of the Queen.

He said that although he was not a monarchist, he saw her as “an extraordinary and amazing woman”.

He said:

She served the country well, but she served the people incredibly well, and she was firm and constant and an example of what it is to be a monarch. I doubt we’ll ever see her like that again.

Cox recalled that her coronation was when he was seven years old and he met the Queen twice in his life – once when he was awarded a CBE and once when he performed in Edinburgh.

He said he “couldn’t fault her”.

We don’t know how deeply she lived in all our lives because she was there so much and so much presence.

More tributes from MPs have poured in.

By signing the condolence book for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, I expressed my deepest sympathy and gratitude for her many years of dedicated service.

She will forever be remembered as a wise, compassionate and fearless leader whose loss will be deeply felt.

May she rest in peace.

— Senator David Van (@VanSenate) 9 September 2022

Josh Taylor will guide you through the next few hours.

Thank you very much for your time. Beware.

Paddington Bear has also paid tribute to the Queen on social media.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott have had all those feelings today

Almost no one alive today can remember a world without the Queen. That is why her passing will leave billions of people numb, certainly all those in the English-speaking countries and the wider Commonwealth for whom the monarchy matters most.

— Tony Abbott (@HonTonyAbbott) 9 September 2022

NSW Parliament suspended for a week

Tamsin Rose

Tamsin Rose

The New South Wales parliament will be prorogued for a week as a mark of respect after The Queen’s death following federal government protocol advice.

Members will be informed of the decision this afternoon.

With Parliament set to sit next week, the Prime Minister will Dominic Perrottwill make a motion to adjourn for one week.

The Folketing meets again from 20 September.

Natasha May

Natasha May

Mourners are uncertain about Australia’s future relationship with the monarchy

Wendy Fitzgerald and Sue Andersen was among those who were moved to tears at St. Andrews Service for the Queen.

Anderson had planned to come down from Newcastle to meet Fitzgerald at an exhibition in the city, but in light of this morning’s news they changed their plans to pay their respects to the Queen in St. Andrews.

I had heard that St. Andrews had a condolence book… when we went in there and it coincided with a service and they played God save the Queen. We should say the king now.”

They said the service was attended by people from all walks of life and ages, with a very sad atmosphere permeating.

When they got outside, they heard the bells ring 96 times for the Queen’s age. Anderson said “if they weren’t, if they weren’t stopped, they left very respectfully.”

The two women described the Queen as a “mother figure” but said they were not so optimistic about Charles taking over.

He has big shoes to fill,” Anderson said. “We all loved Diana so much, I think that’s his problem, we loved Diana.”

Anderson feels Australia is now “in limbo” when it comes to its relationship with the monarchy.

There is every chance we can become a republic, which I think is a shame because they are only figureheads, but for stability,” Anderson said.

Wendy Fitzgerald and Sue Anderson were among those moved to tears at the Saint Andrews Service for the Queen.

They have now come to the floral tribute in the Government House.

— Natasha May (@natasha__may) 9 September 2022



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