Reader reaction to Reuters news
The queen of what?
Some conservative opponents have legal advice saying the carbon bills might not qualify as a double dissolution trigger. But Rudd only needs to convince the Governor-General, who represents Australia’s head-of-state Queen Elizabeth of Britain, to approve an election
Queen Elizabeth of Britain is not the Head of State of Australia but Queen Elizabeth OF AUSTRALIA is our head of state. That is two different things. The Queen’s relationship to Australia is unique. In all her duties, she speaks and acts as Queen of Australia, and not as Queen of the United Kingdom/Britain.
Exactly who is Australia’s head of state and under what circumstances is debated by some people, but Elizabeth does indeed also hold the title Queen of Australia, and we should be careful how we refer to her.
Having said that, a reference to Queen Elizabeth of Australia, without mentioning Britain, would be fairly confusing to readers: GBU Editor
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth arrives for a dinner at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Port of Spain in Trinidad, November 27, 2009. REUTERS/Andrea De Silva