"I haven't noticed any public recognition of the fact that at the moment in NSW we have women in the top five positions of government – the Queen, the Governor-General, the Governor, the Acting Prime Minister and the Acting Premier,"  writes David Morrison of Springwood, NSW.

In a letter in The Sydney Morning Herald on 2 January, 2009,  " Women hold the reins,"  he continues: " Republicans may not like to admit it, but perhaps the Queen's wonderful example has helped in the recognition of the qualities of women."