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Queen Elizabeth II’s death shows we’re still uncomfortable with Australia’s colonial truth

Before Charles III was proclaimed King in Canberra on Sunday, a welcome to country was delivered by Ngunnawal traditional owners, and the first rendition of God Save the King was followed by a spiritual dance and song from the Ngunnawal.

It was a strange moment, seeing the Ngunnawal welcome officers of the King onto lands that were stolen from them only two centuries ago, but it also perfectly encapsulates the crossroads our country is at.

Queen Elizabeth II’s reputation and contribution to public life are still being discussed with solemnity and appreciation across the world.

But in our own country, we’ve skirted around the edges of the truth of the legacy that the Queen leaves in Australia, a reign that lasted almost a third of our colonial history.

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