Australian court rules queen’s letters can be made public

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court has ruled to make public letters between Queen Elizabeth II and her representative that would reveal what knowledge she had, if any, of the dismissal of an Australian government in 1975. The High Court overturned lower court rulings that more than 200 letters between the monarch and Governor-General Sir John Kerr were personal and might never be made public. The only dismissal of an elected Australian government on the authority of a British monarch set off a political crisis that spurred calls for Australia to sever its constitutional ties with Britain and create a republic. The historian who sought access to the letters expects to read them next week.