King Charles III of England will not appear on Australia’s new $5 bill, like his mother Elizabeth II. The mauve banknote was the only bill in Australia bearing the image of a British monarch. However, the decision in question was interpreted as a loosening of the constitutional ties between England and its former colony, while causing different reactions in the country.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s centre-Left Labor government has chosen a design symbolizing Aborigines, one of the country’s indigenous peoples, instead of Charles III for the new $5 bills.
“The Reserve Bank of Australia has decided to update the $5 bill to feature a new design honoring the culture and history of the First Australians. This new design will replace the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The face of King Charles in the future,” the Reserve Bank of Australia said in a statement. “It will appear on Australian coins that will be minted.” made the statement.
REACTION FROM THE LIBERAL PARTY
On the other hand, Peter Dutton, leader of the opposition Liberal Party, commented on the absence of King Charles on the $5 bills: “This represents a new attack on our systems, society and institutions. I know the silent majority disagree with much of the vigilant nonsense that goes on.” , but we need to hear more from these people.” said.
Dean Smith, a Liberal Senator and staunch monarchist, said the new banknote should include all aspects of Australian history, adding: “A design that appreciates both our new King and Australia’s indigenous heritage and culture would be a better and more unifying approach. ” used the phrases.
But Lidia Thorpe of the Australian Green party said she applauded the decision, saying it was a step towards “decolonization” of Australia.
On the other hand, Queen Elizabeth II first appeared on the $5 bill in 1995 when the currency was updated to commemorate her 40th year on the throne. The new amendment will likely be seen as another sign of the loosening of constitutional ties between England and its former colony.
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said the UK would have to confront its “troubled” past in Asia and the Pacific if it wanted to engage closely with the region.
BRITISH PRINCE IS ACCOUNTED AS PRESIDENT OF AUSTRALIA
Although symbolic, the British monarch is also considered the head of state of the 12 other Commonwealth members excluding Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Australians supported the British monarch to remain head of state in a 1999 referendum. Australia officially changed its national anthem last year to remove the phrase the country is “young and free”.