Identifying Queensland officials
The article "Press Conference or Center Ring?," Dec. 26, is a fair and accurate appraisal of journalism in Australia. But the statement, "Dempster asked the Queensland premier (equal to a state governor) about the doctrine of the separation of powers," is open to misinterpretation. The premier in question was not the current premier of Queensland, but his predecessor. And perhaps it should be explained that although the office of premier in Australia is similar to a state governor in the United States, a
state governor in Australia is a separate nonpolitical office representing the Queen of the British Commonwealth, of which Australia is a member. Ronald G. Walker, Maroochydore, Australia
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