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Em Rusciano says The Queen represents a 'conflicting', 'unforgivable' legacy


As Australia mourns the death of its head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, controversial radio host Em Rusciano has offered her take on what she describes as Her Majesty’s ‘conflicting’ and ‘unforgivable’ legacy.

In a lengthy Instagram post on Friday, Rusciano argued that the loss of the Queen should be a time for Australians to ‘consider our First Nations peoples’ who suffered under British colonialism with the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788.

While she accepts there will be people mourning the Queen for her ‘service, stoicism and endurance’, Rusciano also noted there are those who continue to mourn ‘what her institution has done’ – referring to the lasting legacy of the British Empire.

‘She represented so many conflicting and some unforgivable legacies,’ Rusciano wrote alongside a colourised photo of the Queen in her youth.

‘Today we must also consider our First Nations peoples and what this represents for them.’

As Australia mourns the death of its head of state, controversial radio host Em Rusciano (pictured at the National Press Club in Canberra on August 24) has offered her take on what she describes as the Queen's 'conflicting' and 'unforgivable' legacy

As Australia mourns the death of its head of state, controversial radio host Em Rusciano (pictured at the National Press Club in Canberra on August 24) has offered her take on what she describes as the Queen’s ‘conflicting’ and ‘unforgivable’ legacy 

‘Much will be debated today and moving forward around her family and what they’ve done throughout the years, and I imagine there will be some policing of people’s grief,’ she continued.

‘On both sides, those who mourn her and those who mourn what her institution has done. To that I say, let everyone do it their way: like most things, it’s a complex and nuanced situation that doesn’t have to have absolutes.

‘I think it can all hold space together, side by side.’

Rusciano said she personally has fond feelings for the Queen, because she reminds  her of her late grandmother Denise, who idolised the British monarch.

‘Nana loved the royals and even left me her Charles and Di commemorative plate in her will,’ she explained.

In a lengthy Instagram post on Friday (pictured), Rusciano argued that the loss of the Queen should be a time for Australians to 'consider our First Nations peoples' who suffered under British colonialism with the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788

In a lengthy Instagram post on Friday (pictured), Rusciano argued that the loss of the Queen should be a time for Australians to ‘consider our First Nations peoples’ who suffered under British colonialism with the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788

While she accepts there will be people mourning the Queen (pictured in October 2018) for her 'service, stoicism and endurance', Rusciano also noted there are those who continue to mourn 'what her institution has done' - referring to the lasting legacy of the British Empire

While she accepts there will be people mourning the Queen (pictured in October 2018) for her ‘service, stoicism and endurance’, Rusciano also noted there are those who continue to mourn ‘what her institution has done’ – referring to the lasting legacy of the British Empire

Rusciano finished on a positive note by praising The Queen’s more than 70 years of service and the extraordinary example she set. 

‘The Queen was an extraordinary example of service, stoicism and endurance that we’re not likely to see again,’ she said.

‘She held on until the UK had a new PM and even met with Liz Truss the day of her death in Balmoral. She reigned so long she attained single name, icon-diva status. Even Beyoncé puts Bey after her title. Vale QE ll.’

Rusciano (pictured in November 2021) said she personally has fond feelings for the Queen, because she reminds her of her late grandmother Denise, who idolised the British monarch

Rusciano (pictured in November 2021) said she personally has fond feelings for the Queen, because she reminds her of her late grandmother Denise, who idolised the British monarch

Australia has joined much of the world in mourning Queen Elizabeth II, as her death prompts the first change in head of state in more than seven decades.

A statement from Buckingham Palace early on Friday (AEST) confirmed the 96-year-old’s death.

‘The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,’ Buckingham Palace said.

‘The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.’

Australia has joined much of the world in mourning Queen Elizabeth II, as her death prompts the first change in head of state in more than seven decades. She is pictured receiving flowers from schoolchildren waving flags after a Commonwealth Day Service in Sydney in March 2006

Australia has joined much of the world in mourning Queen Elizabeth II, as her death prompts the first change in head of state in more than seven decades. She is pictured receiving flowers from schoolchildren waving flags after a Commonwealth Day Service in Sydney in March 2006

Flags will fly at half mast across Australia on Friday as the nation waits to hear how the official mourning process will proceed.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese paid tribute to the Queen, who is succeeded by her son King Charles III in a move that is expected to renew Australia’s republican debate.

‘An historic reign and a long life devoted to duty, family, faith and service has come to an end,’ Mr Albanese said in a statement.

‘The government and the people of Australia offer our deepest condolences to the royal family, who are grieving for a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother – the person whom for so long was their greatest inner strength.’

Mr Albanese said that ‘from her famous first trip to Australia, the only reigning sovereign to ever visit, it was clear Her Majesty held a special place in her heart for Australia.

‘Fifteen more tours before cheering crowds in every part of our country confirmed the special place she held in ours.’

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese offered his condolences to the Royal Family, the British people, and all his own citizens who held Her Majesty in the highest regard

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese offered his condolences to the Royal Family, the British people, and all his own citizens who held Her Majesty in the highest regard

He praised the Queen’s relationship with Australia and the rest of the world.

‘As monarch for more than half the life of our Federation, the relationship between Australia and Britain matured and evolved throughout Her Majesty’s reign,’ he said.

‘The Queen greeted each and every change with understanding, good grace and an abiding faith in the Australian people’s good judgment.

‘This was the deft and diplomatic way she bound the diversity of the modern Commonwealth, nations around the world who will mourn her passing.

‘This time of mourning will pass but the deep respect and warm regard in which Australians always held Her Majesty will never fade.’

The Queen first visited Australia with Prince Philip in 1954, arriving on the SS Gothic which steamed into Sydney Harbour after almost six weeks at sea. She is pictured with Prince Philip at Parliament House in Canberra during that tour

The Queen first visited Australia with Prince Philip in 1954, arriving on the SS Gothic which steamed into Sydney Harbour after almost six weeks at sea. She is pictured with Prince Philip at Parliament House in Canberra during that tour

The Queen visited Australia in 1954, 1963, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2011 - her last time on these shores. She is pictured in 1981

The Queen visited Australia in 1954, 1963, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2011 – her last time on these shores. She is pictured in 1981 

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was queen of the UK and 14 Commonwealth realms including Australia, since her reign began in February 1952.

Governor-General David Hurley said Australians should take inspiration from the Queen’s contribution.

‘She was a truly remarkable person,’ he said in a statement.

The Queen's last visit to Australia came in 2011 when then Labor prime minister Julia Gillard described her as 'a vital constitutional part of Australian democracy'. She is pictured in Perth during that trip

The Queen’s last visit to Australia came in 2011 when then Labor prime minister Julia Gillard described her as ‘a vital constitutional part of Australian democracy’. She is pictured in Perth during that trip

‘When I reflect on my own memories – she was my Queen for my whole life – I think of Her Majesty’s dignity and her compassion. Her dedication and tireless work ethic. And her selflessness and unwavering commitment to the people that she served. To us.’

Federal opposition leader Peter Dutton was thankful for the Queen’s dedicated service.

‘Today, a comforting warmth has left the world. One of humanity’s brightest lights has gone out,’ he said.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s full tribute to Queen Elizabeth II 

With the passing of Queen Elizabeth the Second, an historic reign and a long life devoted to duty, family, faith and service has come to an end.

The Government and the people of Australia offer our deepest condolences to the Royal Family, who are grieving for a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother—the person whom for so long was their greatest inner strength.

Australian hearts go out to the people of the United Kingdom who mourn today, knowing they will feel they have lost part of what makes their nation whole.

There is comfort to be found in Her Majesty’s own words: “Grief is the price we pay for love.”

This is a loss we all feel, for few have known a world without Queen Elizabeth II. In her seven remarkable decades on the throne, Her Majesty was a rare and reassuring constant amidst rapid change. Through the noise and tumult of the years, she embodied and exhibited a timeless decency and an enduring calm.

From the moment the young princess became Queen, shouldering the mighty weight of the institution into which she was born, Her Majesty made dedication to duty and service above self the hallmark of her reign.

She celebrated our good times, she stood with us in the bad. Happy and glorious but steadfast too. In particular, we recall the sympathy and personal kindness she extended to Australians afflicted by tragedy and disaster.

Throughout it all, she was a monarch who let her humanity show, performing her duty with fidelity, integrity and humour. In this, she was supported so long and so lovingly by the late Prince Philip, her “strength and stay” for 73 years.

From her famous first trip to Australia, the only reigning sovereign to ever visit, it was clear Her Majesty held a special place in her heart for Australia.

Fifteen more tours before cheering crowds in every part of our country confirmed the special place she held in ours.

As monarch for more than half the life of our Federation, the relationship between Australia and Britain matured and evolved throughout Her Majesty’s reign.

The Queen greeted each and every change with understanding, good grace and an abiding faith in the Australian people’s good judgment.

This was the deft and diplomatic way she bound the diversity of the modern Commonwealth, nations around the world who will mourn her passing.

Today marks the end of an era, the close of the second Elizabethan age. This time of mourning will pass but the deep respect and warm regard in which Australians always held Her Majesty will never fade.

May she rest in eternal peace.

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