Howard Government Cancels Question Time On Budget Day

The Howard Government has cancelled the scheduled Question Time on Tuesday May 14th, citing the death of the Queen Mother as the reason.

The government claims it is the tradition to suspend Question Time in the event of a condolence motion for a member of the royal family.

The move has been met with criticism from the Opposition and the Australian Democrats, who each accuse the government of avoiding its obligation to be accountable to the Parliament. [Read more…]

Strength, Dignity and Laughter: Archbishop Carey’s Sermon For The Queen Mother

This is the full text of the sermon delivered by Dr. George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, in Westminster Abbey, on the occasion of the funeral service for Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

Of the large numbers who turned out for the funeral, Carey said: “How should we explain the numbers? Not just by the great length of a life, famously lived to the full. It has to do with her giving of herself so readily and openly. There was about her, in George Eliot’s lovely phrase, ‘the sweet presence of a good diffused’.” [Read more…]

The Queen Comments On The Death Of Her Mother

The Queen has made a televised Address to the Nation on the eve of the funeral of her mother.

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, died on March 30, aged 101.

The funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey tomorrow. [Read more…]

Howard’s Flimsy Reasons For Attending Queen Mother’s Funeral

In order to avoid further criticism of the Governor-General, John Howard has manufactured an argument to justify his trip to London for the Queen Mother’s funeral next Tuesday.

In an interview with Stan Zemanek on Melbourne’s 3AW, Howard claimed that it was appropriate for him to attend the funeral “given the role of the Queen Mother and particularly the identification with her of many Australians of World War II generation.” [Read more…]