Australia reacts to the Queen's death

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Queen Elizabeth II has died peacefully at Balmoral Palace in Scotland after more than seven decades on the throne.

Here are the reactions from around Australia:

PRIME MINISTER ANTHONY ALBANESE:

"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. 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."

OPPOSITION LEADER PETER DUTTON:

"Never in modern history has there been a more dignified monarch, a more dutiful leader or a more decent human than Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. An extraordinary life which touched so many has sadly come to an end. The last page has been inked on an exceptional reign."

GOVERNOR-GENERAL DAVID HURLEY:

"She was a truly remarkable person. 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."

FORMER PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT:

"We have lost an exemplar of duty, honour and faithfulness but deep thanks for her life should mingle with numbness and sadness. Nine tenths of the world's people have known no other Queen. We can but hope the world might see her like again but none of us ever will."

FORMER PRIME MINISTER MALCOLM TURNBULL:

"Today we are united in grief as we mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth. Her long life of service inspired the whole world and was a calm and gracious presence through seven decades of turbulence and change."

FORMER PRIME MINISTER KEVIN RUDD:

"Her affection for Australia was as profound as it was enduring. This was also true of the Queen's commitment to the Commonwealth. She was deeply engaged in supporting its success ... Whether republicans or monarchists, Australians will be deeply affected by this news."

FORMER PRIME MINISTER JOHN HOWARD:

"One could spend days talking about the changes that occurred in Queen Elizabeth's lifetime ... but through all of that there has been a reassuring constancy derived from her sense of duty, her belief in constitutional propriety and, for her, a deep religious faith."

AUSTRALIAN MONARCHIST LEAGUE NATIONAL SPOKESMAN JARROD BLEIJIE:

"We have to mourn the Queen, she was our Queen and she reigned over us for 70 years, so I think it's an absolutely important step in the process of not only mourning but understanding the tragic loss ... "

NSW PREMIER DOMINIC PERROTTET:

"Today is obviously a day of grief... the stability that she (the Queen) provided to the Commonwealth and to the world through that period of time will stand in history forever. The spirit of service, the kindness and grace that she held herself with during her entire reign has made our world a much better place."

VICTORIAN PREMIER DANIEL ANDREWS:

"Very few of us know a world without The Queen in it. Her presence spanned countries, cultures, language and continents - her reign transcended decades and generations. And like no monarch before her, she captured our hearts and our affection."

QUEENSLAND PREMIER ANNASTACIA PALASZCZUK:

"Her Majesty visited here often and displayed her care and concern for the people of this state, especially during times of natural disasters. The Queen was a great source of comfort and assurance to us all throughout Her Majesty's long reign. Her Majesty was dearly loved and will be greatly missed."

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN PREMIER PETER MALINAUSKAS:

"Her Majesty served South Australia dutifully, with dignity and through significant eras of social change. Her ... great fondness and interest in the welfare of South Australians was evident through her seven visits to our state during her reign."

WA PREMIER MARK McGOWAN:

"For many, she is synonymous with the post-World War II era in a way no other head of state could ever be. She led the Commonwealth through some of the darkest days and will forever be an inspiration to the world and Western Australia, a State she visited seven times."