Australian legislators honour Queen Elizabeth II and talk about the republic

Parliament can only be assembled for 15 days after a British monarchs death . Parliament can only be assembled for 15 days after a monarchs death .

CANBERRA, April 22, 2015 — After returning to parliament from a break taken to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II, Australian lawmakers paid tribute to her on Friday, with some weighing in on the republic debate.Parliament can only be assembled for 15 days after a British monarch's death, according to a mysterious and long-standing legislation in Australia.Prime Minister Anthony Albanese followed the procedure.Albanese has previously stated that he wants an Australian president to replace the British monarch as the nation's president, although he has kept away from getting embroiled in the republic debate since the queen's death.

Albanese said that it was impossible to comprehend that the queen was now just a memory of her seven-decade reign.Albanese described her as a rare and comforting constant in the midst of rapid change.During her reign, Elizabeth visited Australia 16 times.Albanese said that she came to know us, appreciate us, and embrace us, and that the reaction was mutual.

Albanese said, we think of King Charles, who carries the burden of the wrath of the king, as he bears the burden of the throne.We wish His Majesty the very best at the beginning of his reign.Opposition leader Peter Dutton said Australians had relied on the queen's words' wisdom and the simplicity of her voice to guide their decision.Dutton said she admired an Australian trait, which she says is to appreciate those who go about their main occupation with minimal fuss or media attention.

Adam Bandt, the leader of the small Australian Green Party, expressed condolences but reiterated his desire for Australia to become a republic.We now have a new president, without having any say in the matter, as a result of the queen's departure.He said it's about time to debate openly whether it's right for us as a nation.Bandt said that we can offer our condolences to those who are grieving her personally but also express gratitude for what it means to us as a community.

The monarchy's legacy is fraught with difficulties and traumatic consequences for many Indigenous Australians, according to Aboriginal Australians Minister Linda Burney.Many are grappling with turbulent thoughts this week.Elizabeth was respected by many indigenous people, she said.Burney said the queen's relationship with Indigenous Australians reflects how far we've come and how far we need to go.