States Have The Right To Decide

States Have The Right To Decide

Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie

Queensland To Ensure Succession Change

Victor P Taffa

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says Queensland will reserve its right as a Sovereign State to amend its own laws regarding the royal succession.

Mr. Bleijie said while the Newman Government supported the Federal proposal to make the royal succession gender free, it did not support the referral of its powers.

“We believe males and females should be treated equally and females should not be disadvantaged in the line to the throne.” Mr. Bleijie said.

“The first-born child should become the Monarch regardless of their gender but it should be up to the States to amend their own legislation.”

“Under the Federal proposal, the States would still need to draft legislation and have it passed by State Parliaments.”

“Given the longstanding ties and relationships between the Crown and States, it is appropriate the States should preserve this relationship through their own legislation.” Mr. Bleijie said.

“Section 7 of the Australia Act 1986 (Cth)* impinged upon this general principle and the proposed implementation of succession rules should not aggravate this situation.”

“Queensland is proud of its own relationship with the Monarchy and as a Sovereign State it should look to preserve this status at all times.”

“This is an exciting time for the Monarchy and we extend our congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.” Mr. Bleijie said.

*AUSTRALIA ACT 1986-SECTION 7

Powers and functions of Her Majesty and Governors in respect of States

(1) Her Majesty’s representative in each State shall be the Governor.

(2) Subject to subsections (3) and (4) below, all powers and functions of Her Majesty in respect of a State are exercisable only by the Governor of the State.

(3) Subsection (2) above does not apply in relation to the power to appoint, and the power to terminate the appointment of, the Governor of a State.

(4) While Her Majesty is personally present in a State, Her Majesty is not precluded from exercising any of Her powers and functions in respect of the State that are the subject of subsection (2) above.

(5) The advice to Her Majesty in relation to the exercise of the powers and functions of Her Majesty in respect of a State shall be tendered by the Premier of the State.