May 4

Republican loses preselection for Lord Mayor

It seems there is no chance that ultra republican flag changing Dr Meredith Burgmann will become Lord Mayor of Sydney.

On becoming  President of the NSW Legislative Council, a photographer from The Sydney Morning Herald happened to be passing her suite just as she was personally taking  down the portrait of The Queen.

She was also involved in the removal of The Queen’s portrait from the Strangers' Room, the Parliamentary dining room, for reasons claimed to be related to occupational health and safety and from the foyer, where it was claimed the painting  was being damaged by sunlight ( see this column, “Strange goings on in the Strangers' Room” 9 May, 2006)

It was reported on Sunday, 4 May 2008 that it  was most unlikely that she would  obtain Labor Party preselection for the position.


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