Tony Abbott not angered by Governor General’s comments.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said he finds it “more than appropriate” for the Governor General Quentin Bryce to express personal views on gay marriage and Australia one day becoming a republic.
Speaking at her fourth and final Boyer Lecture, the Queen’s representative said that she hoped Australia might become a country where “people are free to love and marry whom they choose.” She also put her support behind the republican movement, saying, “Perhaps, my friends, one day, one young girl or boy may even grow up to be our nation’s first head of state.”
Abbott, who is known for his opposition of gay marriage and respect for the monarchy told the media, “It’s more than appropriate for the governor-general approaching the end of her term to express a personal view. And as you’d expect of Quentin Bryce, she did it in graceful style.”
Surfer killed by Great White Shark off the Western Australia Coast.
A man has been killed in a shark attack off the Western Australia Coast. The 35 year old was surfing at Lefthanders Beach near Gracetown, south of Perth yesterday afternoon – where it is believed a Great White Shark killed him, almost instantly. Surrounding beaches were closed last night after the Department of Fisheries issued an imminent threat order on the shark. The area is known by locals as a shark ‘hotspot’.
Indonesian Official says he will no longer stop boats coming to Australia.
Rustanov, the Head of Immigration at the Law and Human Rights agency in North Sumatra, has said that Indonesia will no longer stop boat traffic coming to Australia. Speaking to the Jakarta Post, Rustanov said, “We have no business with Australia. Let boat people head there. No surveillance is needed … Now there is no need to waste energy arresting them”. The news comes after the ABC revealed that the Australian government spied on the Indonesian President in 2009.