In his first international interview since Queen Elizabeth II’s death, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has told Sky News he will not hold a referendum on whether Australia should become a state. republic during her first term or not, and this is the time to express gratitude for her “service to Australia, the Commonwealth and the world”.
QueenHis death has sparked a debate about Australia’s relationship with the monarchy and the Australian leader has previously stated that the country needs an Australian head of state.
But Mr Albanese In his opinion, this period was “a time to pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II” and to show “deep respect and admiration”, not to pursue “questions of our constitution”.
The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to the Queen, who he said “always reaches out to bring comfort to the Australian people in our time of need”, whether during tornadoes, floods or natural disasters. .
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Australians attribute part of Queen Elizabeth II’s success to her ability to remain politically neutral towards Australia.
Mr Albanese said he was sure King Charles III was also “very aware of the need to be on the political front”.
Today marks the official announcement of King Charles’s ascension to the throne of Australia during a ceremony in the country’s capital, Canberra.
Mr Albanese will travel to London to attend the Queen’s funeral and meet the new King.