Before another republic referendum we need to clarify the role of the monarch in Australia

John Warhurst
September 15 2022 - 5:30am
Governor-General David Hurley, and Mrs Hurley lay a wreath for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture by Elesa Kurtz

The response in Australia to the death of Queen Elizabeth II should surely have settled one question. Who was the Queen? The Queen was Australia's head of state and as a nation we reacted accordingly with great seriousness and ceremony.

John Warhurst

John Warhurst

Canberra Times columnist

John Warhurst is an emeritus professor of political science at the Australian National University and a regular columnist for The Canberra Times.