The death of Queen Elizabeth II: the reaction of Australian politicians

Australian leaders paid tribute to the Queen, who passed away on Thursday afternoon local time in Scotland.

Anthony Albanese remembered the late queen as a monarch who did her duty with “loyalty, honesty and humour”.

“Most comfort can be found in Her Majesty’s words: “Sorrow is the price we pay for love,” Mr. Albanese said in a statement.

The Queen has died peacefully at the age of 96 at her home in Scotland, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Opposition leader Peter Dutton said the queen personified the “keep calm and carry on” mantra.

“As leaders, you have to deal with events as they happen, and a lot of them are unpredictable, and right at that moment, that momentary decision is a reaction and you have to deal with it,” he told Nine.

She dealt with everything that came her way. And it’s with such great ease.”

Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, who will take the lead when Mr Albanese travels to London for the funeral and meeting with King Charles, said he was “shocked” by the news.

“For most of the population, we only knew the Elizabethan age. There is a real feeling that this is a very important moment,” he told Nine.

“I was shocked this morning too. I woke up to a text message from the prime minister alerting me to the news, but I was just overwhelmed with gratitude for the life she led, for what she meant to so many people, and for the service she rendered.

“It’s hard to imagine another person who is so completely dedicated to others, to her country, to society, like a queen.”

Former coalition prime ministers Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott also paid their respects early Friday morning.

“Her long life of service has inspired the world and has been a calm and gracious presence through seven decades of upheaval and change,” Mr Turnbull tweeted.

“We have lost a paragon of duty, honor and loyalty, but deep gratitude for her life must be combined with numbness and sadness at this loss,” Mr. Abbott said in a statement.

“Nine-tenths of the people in the world did not know another queen. We can only hope the world sees her like this again, but none of us will ever see it.”

Kevin Rudd, a two-time prime minister, said he was in a “state of distrust.”

“I think most Australians and most Britons somehow believed deep down that the Queen would live forever,” he told Nine.

“That’s when I heard the news that she was ill, ‘Oh, well, she always bounces back.’ She survived the war, she survived the Blitz, Buckingham Palace was bombed. She survived it all. She’ll be fine.

“I think that the mood of both myself and (wife) Teresa, who is with me, as well as those with whom we have encountered over the past few hours, is still incredulous.”

Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queen “will be sorely missed”.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews also expressed “deep condolences” to the royal family.

“Her presence spanned countries, cultures, languages ​​and continents – her reign spanned decades and generations. And, like no monarch before her, she won our hearts and our affection,” he said.

Under the Victorian Constitution, state MPs will be required to take a new oath of allegiance to King Charles before the state parliament can sit.

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