Australia

Australian protesters question role of monarchy
Australia

Australian protesters question role of monarchy

In Australia, the day of national mourning for Queen Elizabeth II exposed opposing concepts of the monarchy. Dignitaries, including the sovereign's representative in Australia, paid tribute in a ceremony at the parliament in Canberra. Among the speakers was Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who wants Australia to replace the British monarch with an Australian head of state. "Perhaps the greatest tribute we can offer to his family and his memory is not a marble statue or a metal plaque, but a renewed embrace of service to the community, a truer understanding of our duty to others, a stronger commitment to respect for all," said Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. But those feelings were not reflected elsewhere in the country. In Melbourne hundreds of people protested...
State of natural disaster declared in flooded areas of Sydney
Asia-Pacific, Australia

State of natural disaster declared in flooded areas of Sydney

Australian authorities on Monday declared a state of natural disaster in more than 20 areas of the city of Sydney and the surrounding area after torrential rains and devastating flooding forced the displacement of tens of thousands of people. We see some of these communities being affected by floods for the third or fourth time in 18 months, which is very distressing for residents of these communities," Australian Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt wrote in a statement. The proclamation of a state of natural calamity in the areas affected by the floods, to which a hundred soldiers were deployed and from which at least 50,000 people had to be evacuated, will allow the Government to take emergency measures and allow the citizens concerned access to financial help. The severe stor...