Anthony Albanese said it would be appropriate for King Charles to continue his advocacy on the challenge of climate change.
“It’s a question for him, of course,” Albanese said on Sunday. But “in my opinion, it would be appropriate”.
“I think addressing the challenge of climate change shouldn’t be seen as a political issue – it should be seen as an issue that concerns humanity and our quality of life and our survival as a world,” he said. he told the ABC.
“It’s a big threat and King Charles recognized it a long time ago. I think engaging in issues is very different from engaging in party politics.
Albanese’s comment came as he declared a public holiday in Australia on Thursday, September 22, which will be a ‘national day of mourning’ and the day a national memorial service will be held for the late Queen.
Opposition leader Peter Dutton, when asked whether King Charles should drop his public advocacy on issues such as climate change, expected him to become less outspoken. “As a king, he is there now as an impartial person.”
“He will have very strong opinions on this issue and many others, I am sure, but I think the point he made in his speech yesterday was that he no longer expresses those opinions. day by day.” Dutton said on the ABC.
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He said Prince William, now Prince of Wales, was “very strong on this issue and many others. He is also a patron of many organizations and as Prince of Wales he will have a greater ability to speak out and support causes close to his heart.
In his Friday (Saturday morning AEST) address to Britain and the Commonwealth, King Charles said: ‘It will no longer be possible for me to devote so much of my time and energy to charities and the problems which concern me. are so dear to my heart. But I know that this important work will continue in the trusted hands of others.
The King signaled that he expected William to fill a role similar to the one he had filled. “With Catherine by her side, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginalized to the center where vital help can be given.”
On Sunday, Governor General David Hurley, at a ceremony in parliament, officially proclaimed King Charles King of Australia.
This week’s sitting of the Federal Parliament has been canceled and politics has essentially been put on hold. But Albanese said the missed days would be made up later. Now that the cancellation was appropriate, he said: ‘It would be hard to imagine Parliament sitting and going through the kind of adversarial activity that happens in our parliament, under our Westminster system.’
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Albanese and Hurley leave on Thursday to attend the Queen’s funeral on Monday September 19.
Australian Medical Association President Steve Robson slammed Albania’s announcement of a public holiday, tweeting that it would mean the cancellation of operations and many patient consultations “at a time when access is difficult “.