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Andrews defends renaming of Maroondah hospital to honour Queen

Adeshola Ore

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.

— Samantha Ratnam – Leader of the Victorian Greens (@SamanthaRatnam)

Read more at www.theguardian.com

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