The coronation and its stellar music
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A highlight of the coronation was the magnificent and diverse range of music performed. The choir, orchestra and brass performances were stellar. As well as traditional liturgical works there were newly commissioned works as well as a gospel choir that reflected the multicultural nature of modern Britain compared with the previous coronation 70 years ago. It was a spectacular event.
Leigh Ackland, Deepdene
Don’t reign over my parade
The stuff about God, Jesus and Charles and Camilla being anointed with oil and for added weirdness the Stone of Scone carried credulity a bit too far. They do look to be a nice old couple. To their credit, they seemed resigned to the medieval religiosity of it all. I’m just not terribly happy about them reigning over me.
Lawrie Bradly, Surrey Hills
Change, hopefully, is coming
Peter Dutton said in his statement about the coronation that ″this is a time to celebrate change″. The change that I would like to celebrate is Australia becoming a republic.
Reg Murray, Glen Iris
Forget the robes and tend to the poor
At present, hundreds of thousands of low-income families in Britain, are going without heat, food and clothing. The coronation is costing over £100 million ($186.99 million), of which the British public is paying a hefty part. Given this situation, King Charles has taken a shaky start to the vow spoken while adorning the robes, ″to be a great advocate to those in need″.
Betty Alexander, Caulfield
Resigned to the status quo
Perhaps, like George Brandis and Tony Abbott, I should just accept that Australia has neither the wit nor ambition to be other than a proud vestige of empire proclaiming to the world its eternal fealty to the British monarchy.
Greg Pyers, Daylesford
A movement lacking a strategy
It is a long time now since British sovereigns actually ruled (made executive decisions). Australia has been increasingly independent of the United Kingdom and I think that King Charles would like us to just make up our minds on whether to become a republic or remain one of his realms. And, in time, I am even more confident that he would gracefully work with our leaders in the transition to a republic.
The problem remains that Australia’s republican movement appears totally incapable of having (and executing) a strategy to persuade a double majority (a majority in a majority of states) that this is the way to go. A substantial proportion of the population is quite unpersuaded by the romantic views of many republicans that establishment of a republic will be some sort of glorious rebirth. Anyone who follows the goings on in most republics across the world knows that they may well make more of a hash of governance than countries that still have monarchs.
Peter Salway, Beaumaris
The paradoxical stance
King Charles III is our head of state so by definition has a powerful voice in the affairs of our country (he can sack the prime minister with advice from the governor-general), but there are some, including Opposition Leader Peter Dutton, who oppose giving voice to the First Nations people of Australia for paradoxically fearing they will have undue influence on how the country is governed.
Phil Alexander, Eltham
For shame ABC
For the first time “My ABC″ or even “Your ABC” did not come close to being that for undoubtedly thousands of Australians, such as myself, who were watching the coronation coverage. While its commercial competitors read correctly the mood of the nation the ABC chose instead to interview known opponents of the monarchy – all this against the excitement of the crowd, the march towards Westminster Abbey, the arrival there of guests – shown only as background while the critics introduced such a mean-spirited focus that thousands like me turned to the opposition telecasts which were positive and joyful.
Yes, certainly monarchists and many republicans could and, like the Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, did respect the occasion, its conventions, traditions and significance, especially for Britain, and parts of the Commonwealth. The grandeur of the service and its ceremony was unrivalled.
I’m disappointed in the ABC for its mean spirit and wokeness. Those who were given a voice against it all should have been heard before or after the telecast.
Is this democracy?
More than 50 anti-monarchy protesters were arrested in London essentially on the basis of what they might do and the police commander says she ″absolutely understands public concern following the arrests″. Have I missed something? Britain is still a democracy, right? Yes, of course, unless it won’t look good on the television.
Mark Morrison, Kew
‘Toymes’ are a’changing
My older sister went on a working holiday to London in the 1960s and stayed. When I visited, her English friends said I didn’t sound Australian and I was flattered.
However ,when I bought The Times from a newspaper seller, he asked, “What’s a pound worth in Australia these days?“
I asked him how he knew I was Australian, he replied, “The way you said “the Toymes”.
Susan Munday, Bentleigh East
So long, solar
Your correspondent (Letters, 7/5) makes a valid point when he responds to Peter Hartcher (Comment, 6/5) writing renewable energy will go the same way as many other great Australian innovations. More than 20 years ago a team of University of New South Wales academics developed a solar cell that would become the global commercial standard. As a result, a local factory with global recognition was serving the Australian market and exporting to South-East Asia. With little local interest the factory closed.
One of the academics moved to China at a time when China produced no solar panels at all. The huge output and leading position that China now enjoys in this enterprise started with Australian ingenuity. As your correspondent says, “We have a good idea, don’t support it, it goes overseas then we buy it back.“
Bill Pimm, Mentone
Stop fossil fuel funds
Peter Hartcher (Comment, 6/5) rightly highlights the need for federal government support for new clean energy industries. He highlights the difficulty for the ALP in balancing other areas of need (eg, support for living costs to the poor). One obvious area to free up funding is in the subsidies given to fossil fuel industries. The value of subsidies to those industries will reach more than $57 billion allocated over the next four years.
We simply can’t support such largesse when it contributes to global destruction, particularly if it means we miss the narrow window of opportunity to develop clean industries that will power the future.
Peter Cook, Essendon
Go the clean option
Excellent that Treasurer Jim Chalmers has found a way to increase revenue from the gas industry (“Budget’s $2.4b gas tax grab″, 7/5). Given that LNG producers earned up to $40 billion in profits in the 2021-22 financial year, however, the $2.4 billion in taxes over four years seems a pittance. It is not even close to the 45 per cent income tax the highest earning Australian public contribute. To really add insult to injury, our governments still spent $11.1 billion in fossil fuel subsidies this financial year. On budget night, the many Australians who voted for a government willing to tackle climate change want to see money tipped into clean industry, not fossil fuels.
Amy Hiller, Kew
Israel offers refused
Your correspondent (Letters, 6/5) wrongly blames Israel for the non-existence of a Palestinian state. He ignores the rejection of repeated Israeli two-state peace offers in 2000, 2001 and 2008. Unfortunately, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has refused all Israeli offers to negotiate and compromise since he abandoned talks in 2014.
The Palestinians want the whole of Israel for their state. What they term “Palestine” stretches from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River, with no Jewish state in between. So when will there be a state of Palestine? When the Palestinian yearning to create their own state is greater than their desire to reject the existence of the only Jewish state.
Annette Gladwin, Bentleigh
Shadow treasurer Angus Taylor claims there are more than 400,000 job vacancies which exceeds the number of people registered as unemployed. Of those vacancies, how many are temporary, casual vacancies? It is an absurd argument, the definition of a vacancy needs to be refined to reflect exactly what type of vacancy it is, that is either a full-time or casual vacancy. Only then will we see a clear picture of the state of unemployment.
John Tingiri, Mornington
As Ian Lowe writes (Comment, 29/4), the market-centric logic of constant human consumption and economic growth is damaging our future prospects. This logic, decoupled from recognition of the Earth’s limits, has resulted in environmental destruction and gross and growing inequalities within and between countries.
Governments must confront the fact that economic growth, so-called “sustainable” consumption, and more efficient technology do not create fairness or address the deepening environmental crisis. Nor will the treasurer’s vision of a new growth model he calls “values-based capitalism”, which is a re-branded version of expansionary market-centric capitalism, sprinkled with some soothing wellbeing pixie dust.
Angela Smith, Clifton Hill
Visit Assange, PM
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese claims that he is “frustrated” when it comes to obtaining the release of Julian Assange. However, he could do more for Assange than just make it “very clear what my position is”.
While in England, he could have visited Assange in Bellmarsh prison. Such a visit would draw further attention to Assange’s case and send a huge political message to the British and US authorities that are trying to imprison Assange forever.
Will Albanese, who has said he is a “big supporter of freedom of the press” be remembered as a leader who stood up to powerful nations persecuting one of his citizens or be remembered instead as a politician who tolerated the threat to free speech and doffed the cap to his imperial masters? These are the kinds of decisions that define character and a politician’s legacy.
I agree with your correspondent (Letters, 7/5) that there is much happening in the United States that is not in the best interests of its citizens.
Federal and state governments can withhold endorsement of election results, polling booths are made inaccessible or extremely difficult to reach, including through redrawing electoral boundaries to exclude or disadvantage certain sections of the community, there is no federal authority, similar to that which we have in Australia, to regulate conditions, elections are held on working days and voting is not compulsory, and seemingly is actively discouraged in some areas.
The president can use his powers to pardon offenders, to political advantage, can claim executive privilege for some actions and can sign executive orders independent of political oversight.
While there are many benefits in the American way of life, there are few in its practice of democracy.
Andrew Moloney, Frankston
Disarm the problem
The recent incidents of US male householders fatally shooting fellow citizens who entered their property due to mistakenly going to a wrong address, speaks of the paranoia that can occur when a population is over-armed.
It seems the planet is approaching a similar dangerous situation where the military of Australia, and so many other nations, are now arming up at an horrendous rate. Where nuclear power and nuclear weapons are involved, terrible mistakes will now be more likely, and could prove fatal to the world.
Jennifer Gerrand, Carlton North
Do Americans wake up asking themselves, Where will today’s mass shooting occur?
Jon Smith, Leongatha
Few regrets from Robert
Disappointing to read the comments of Stuart Robert on his departure from parliament that he has few regrets. One imagines that the victims of the Robo-debt fiasco would regret his tenure as the relevant minister and would now welcome his departure.
Dorothy Galloway, Mentone
In lieu of an answer
The debate of whether to go front in or reverse into a parking spot is beginning to resemble the debate over which way the toilet paper should hang.
James Proctor, Maiden Gully
Castle for a crown
Charles should sell one of his castles to pay for his own coronation in this economic crisis.
Katriona Fahey, Alphington
AND ANOTHER THING
Not my king, never was, never will be.
Michael Carver, Hawthorn East
At least there was a spare seat for Harry at the coronation.
Allan Gibson, Cherrybrook, NSW
After the huge build-up, what a fizzer. Freo by 12 goals.
John Rawson, Mernda
I just feel happy for all the milliners of Britain. The real winners were those people who made those hats for the thousands of men who wore the really silly hats who gave three cheers to the new king in appreciation for him giving them new hats. How ridiculous.
John Rome, Mt Lawley
Perhaps it is a good omen that within 24 hours of the World Health Organisation downgrading the pandemic status of corona, there has been a coronation.
Meg McPherson, Brighton
Surely the tedium of the drawn-out coronation ceremony would be enough to make even the most ardent monarchists change their views.
Brian Williams, Vermont
Best part of the coronation service was the continuous game of Where’s Wally moments trying to spot Harry in the crowd.
Ron Townsend, Wheelers Hill
Oh to be in England. Kings, queens, princes, princesses. As my cockney sister-in-law would have said, ″They done it lovely.″
Myra Fisher, Brighton East
Coronation, what coronation?
Frank Flynn, Cape Paterson
The irony must have been lost on Tony Abbott when his stated stance on the Voice is “I don’t think anyone should have a special voice” while demanding that he should be heard by the parliamentary committee inquiry into the Voice referendum.
Alan Inchley, Frankston
The magpie swooping season used to be just November, now it’s also March to September.
David Cayzer, Clifton Hill
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