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Andrews defends renaming of Maroondah hospital to honour Queen

Adeshola Ore

The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has defended the renaming of the Maroondah hospital to honour the Queen following opposition from Indigenous groups and leaders about the scrapping of the Aboriginal language name.

In a pre-election pledge, the Andrews government on Sunday vowed to rebuild the hospital in Melbourne’s east at a cost of more than $1bn and rename it to pay tribute to the Queen. But the renaming has sparked backlash from some Indigenous groups and leaders.

'Maroondah' is a Woiwurrung word that means 'throwing' and 'Maroon' means 'leaves'.

What is Labor thinking changing the name of a hospital from an Aboriginal word to the name of a foreign monarch representing colonisation?

This is not what decolonisation looks like.

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‘Maroondah’ is a Woiwurrung word that means ‘throwing’ and ‘Maroon’ means ‘leaves’.

What is Labor thinking changing the name of a hospital from an Aboriginal word to the name of a foreign monarch representing colonisation?

This is not what decolonisation looks like.

— Samantha Ratnam – Leader of the Victorian Greens (@SamanthaRatnam) September 19, 2022

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Andrews said the entire council area used the Aboriginal name “Maroondah”:

I think it’s a fitting tribute to someone, in Queen Elizabeth II, who was a great supporter of our health system and a great supporter of healthcare.

The announcement came after Victoria’s opposition promised a $400m upgrade to Maroondah hospital if it won the election in November.

Andrews and deputy premier Jacinta Allan on Monday announced that the state government would remove eight additional level crossings in the marginal electorate of Brunswick in a bid to ease traffic congestion and improve road safety. The inner-city electorate is currently held by the Greens on a 2% margin, following the redistribution of electorate boundaries.

Maroondah Hospital is the only hospital I can think of in Victoria with an Aboriginal name. Inclusive healthcare starts from the signage on.

The funding and expansion is much needed, but I hope such a beloved and inclusive name can remain. https://t.co/afVOY9eNea

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Maroondah Hospital is the only hospital I can think of in Victoria with an Aboriginal name. Inclusive healthcare starts from the signage on.

The funding and expansion is much needed, but I hope such a beloved and inclusive name can remain. https://t.co/afVOY9eNea

— Dr Neela Janakiramanan (@NeelaJan) September 18, 2022

The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has defended the renaming of the Maroondah hospital to honour the Queen following opposition from Indigenous groups and leaders about the scrapping of the Aboriginal language name.

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In a pre-election pledge, the Andrews government on Sunday vowed to rebuild the hospital in Melbourne’s east at a cost of more than $1bn and rename it to pay tribute to the Queen. But the renaming has sparked backlash from some Indigenous groups and leaders.

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Speaking to reporters on Monday, Andrews said the entire council area used the Aboriginal name “Maroondah”:

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I think it’s a fitting tribute to someone, in Queen Elizabeth II, who was a great supporter of our health system and a great supporter of healthcare.

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The announcement came after Victoria’s opposition promised a $400m upgrade to Maroondah hospital if it won the election in November.

Andrews and deputy premier Jacinta Allan on Monday announced that the state government would remove eight additional level crossings in the marginal electorate of Brunswick in a bid to ease traffic congestion and improve road safety. The inner-city electorate is currently held by the Greens on a 2% margin, following the redistribution of electorate boundaries.

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The company has also announced it intends to exit upstream exploration.

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As my colleague, Adam Morton, Guardian Australia’s environment editor, put it – it’s a big deal.

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More to come shortly.

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Rankine provided details about the SES flood rescues that have occurred over the weekend in the state’s north-east:

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We did quite a large number of flood rescues right across the New England over the weekend, probably in the vicinity of 20 flood rescues – people making that decision to drive around flood water and around closed road signs. That was a bit disappointing from an organisational perspective, people not being responsible behind the wheel. That takes a lot of the effort away from our volunteers to help community members when we’re fishing people out of their cars.

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He said agricultural areas between Gunnedah and Narrabri have been affected, which has meant farmers have had to move livestock and equipment to higher ground.

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There’s a lot of water in the river. Obviously the catchment is really saturated. There wouldn’t be an empty dam anywhere in that vicinity for our farmers but what that means is a lot of farmers have been moving livestock to higher ground. We did have a couple of horse rescues over the weekend as well where people’s livestock got surrounded in and around the New England communities. We have asked a lot of those farmers to lift their pumps and those sort of infrastructure that exist on those rivers and move their livestock to higher ground to ensure they’re safe. And to make sure that there’s no stock and equipment losses for those farmers.

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The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, was interviewed by the BBC’s James Naughtie after his meeting with King Charles III.

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Asked to describe what the conversation was like and how it went, Albanese said “it was very warm and friendly”.

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As for the possibility King Charles visiting Australia early in his reign, Albanese said “he would be very welcome”.

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“There will be a standing invitation for him, as there is for other members of the royal family.”

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Naughtie also asked Albanese about the King’s position in relation to climate change:

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Now, the King is now out of the political arena in the sense that he has to tread carefully on political issues that are matter for government. But everyone knows his commitment on these questions. No doubt you would hope that that is a conversation despite his accession to the throne that can go on.

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Albanese:

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I think that is a matter, of course, for King Charles, what he comments on. And it’s important that the sovereign stay distant from party political issues.

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But from my perspective, what I’ve said, is that I’d be very comfortable with the King expressing views about the importance of climate change, and it is about the very survival of our way of life.

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We know that in Australia the impacts of bushfires, floods, natural disasters, are doing exactly what the science told us would happen – which is that there have always been natural disasters in Australia, but they’re more frequent and they’re more intense, and that’s why this issue shouldn’t be a partisan political issue. It should be an issue which the world needs to confront.

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