Aussies lose it over Dan Andrew’s ‘disrespectful’ tribute to Queen

Radical Aussies lose it over Dan Andrew’s ‘disrespectful’ tribute to the Queen and demand that the Premier back down NOW

  • Victorian Greens will move a parliament motion on Tuesday over hospital name
  • The Maroondah hospital is set to be rebuilt and named after Queen Elizabeth II
  • Samantha Ratnam foreshadowed motion, calling the renaming ‘disrespectful’
  • She said the name would be ‘of a foreign monarch representing colonisation’
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The Greens have called Premier Daniel Andrews‘s decision to scrap a hospital’s Indigenous name in favour of Queen Elizabeth II‘s ‘disrespectful’.

On Sunday, Mr Andrews announced his government would spend up to $1.05billion to rebuild the Maroondah hospital, in northeast Melbourne, and rename it after the Queen if it were re-elected.

Indigenous groups and supporters said stripping the hospital of its First Nations name and replacing it with the monarch’s will make Indigenous people feel ‘culturally unsafe’ when seeking healthcare.

 

The Victorian Greens will move a motion in parliament to prevent Melbourne's Maroondah hospital being renamed after Queen Elizabeth II

The Victorian Greens will move a motion in parliament to prevent Melbourne’s Maroondah hospital being renamed after Queen Elizabeth II

Victorian Greens leader Samantha Ratnam (above) said renaming the hospital is 'disrespectful' and would make Indigenous people feel 'culturally unsafe'

Victorian Greens leader Samantha Ratnam (above) said renaming the hospital is ‘disrespectful’ and would make Indigenous people feel ‘culturally unsafe’

Victorian Greens leader Samantha Ratnam lashed out at the move on Tuesday ahead of her party’s motion in state parliament to reverse the proposed name change.

‘As Victoria embarks on its historic Treaty process Labor must listen to First Nations communities and act now,’ she said.

‘What is Labor thinking changing the name of a hospital from a First Nations word to the name of a foreign monarch representing colonisation?

Premier Daniel Andrews announced a re-elected Labor government will spend up to $1.05bn on rebuilding the Maroondah hospital (above) and renaming it after the Queen

Premier Daniel Andrews announced a re-elected Labor government will spend up to $1.05bn on rebuilding the Maroondah hospital (above) and renaming it after the Queen

‘It is a disrespectful decision that erases precious Woiwurrung language. This is not what Treaty looks like.

‘If this government is serious about Treaty it would listen to First Nations communities and act now, not later.’

Mr Andrews defended renaming the hospital on Monday after facing harsh criticism.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (above) defended renaming the hospital as it will be 'brand new' once rebuilt and represent the Queen's support of healthcare

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (above) defended renaming the hospital as it will be ‘brand new’ once rebuilt and represent the Queen’s support of healthcare

He said the tribute to the Queen will be ‘a mark of respect to her unwavering commitment to healthcare and our community’.

‘It’s a brand new hospital for Melbourne’s east, and it’s going to get a new name, and it’s going to be absolutely fantastic,’ Mr Andrews said.

‘She was someone who opened hospitals in Victoria … I don’t think anyone could question her compassion and her genuine care for patients in hospitals.

He added the surrounding Maroondah will continue to carry its Indigenous name.

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