National Day Of Mourning Service For Bushfire Victims

A 90-minute ceremony has taken place at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, as part of the National Day of Mourning for victims of the February 7 bushfires.

Kevin Rudd, John Brumby, Malcolm Turnbull and Ted Baillieu were the major political figures at the service which was also attended by representatives of religious groups. The Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, spoke, as did Princess Anne, representing the Queen.

An orchestra and choir augmented the speeches and messages throughout the service, culminating in Bruce Woodley’s rendition of “We Are Australian”.

  • Listen to the service (complete 95m)
  • Watch an extract of the service (6m)

The Lady’s Not For Abdicating: Queen Vows To Remain On The Throne

The Queen has vowed to remain on the throne.

The Queen was commenting on the idea of change in the light of the Golden Jubilee celebrations in honour of her 50 years on the throne.

Her daughter, Princess Anne, defended her mother and praised the Queen’s caring nature. [Read more…]