August 2

Governor in Presidential Role

This was the headline in The Australian’s story (30/7) about Richard Butler who will provide the narration for Aaron Copeland’s A Lincoln Portrait portait which will be performed at the Sydney Opera House .

Mr Butler’s wife told the ABC that the Premier regarded this as official vice-regal business, but the Premier later denied this. According to The Australian, the Governor’s role-there will be three performances- came under attack from callers to talk back radio and politicians, most notably federal ALP MP for Franklin,Harry Quick.

The event seems harmless, and has no constitutional implications.

But I think that a good test for Viceroys is this. When in doubt, ask yourself what would The Queen do.

The answer is obvious.


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