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    Gillard Declares She Wants Australia to Become a Republic when Queen Dies

    TONY Abbott believes it is “far from certain” Australia will become a republic in his lifetime, after Labor signalled a new push on the issue.

    Julia Gillard today declared she wants Australia to become a republic when the Queen dies, and plans to lead a national debate on the form the republic would take.

    The Prime Minister said today that despite being a republican, she understood that Australians had a “deep affection” for the British monarch, who is 84.

    “What I would like to see as prime minister is that we can work our way through to an agreement for the model of a republic,” Ms Gillard said while campaigning in the north Queensland city of Townsville, ahead of Saturday’s election.

    “But I would think the appropriate time for this nation to move to being a republic is when we see the monarch change.”

    Her comments put her absolutely at odds with Mr Abbott, a staunch monarchist who was at the centre of the anti-republican cause in the 1999 referendum, which rejected the notion of change.

    Campaigning with Wayne Swan in the crucial marginal seat of Herbert, Ms Gillard said she wished the Queen a long and happy life.

    “Having watched her mother I think there’s every chance that she will live a long and happy life,” she said.

    Mr Abbott said he saw no reason to change the existing constitutional arrangements.

    “I think the first person who wanted Australia to become a republic was John Dunmore Lang back in the 1850s,” Mr Abbott told the National Press Club in Canberra.

    “This republican cause has been with us for a long time but the Australian people have demonstrated themselves to be remarkably attached to institutions that work.

    “I think that our existing constitutional arrangements have worked well in the past. I see no reason whatsoever why they can’t continue to work well in the future.

    “So while there may very well be further episodes of republicanism in this country, I am far from certain that, at least in our lifetimes, that there’s likely to be any significant change.”

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    Australia as a country was founded as a federation of sovereign states with the British Sovereign as its titular head. The Sovereign is represented by the Governor-General, who in the Sovereign's absence acts as head of state, at the Commonwealth level and the state Governors at the state level. Australia since its very inception as a sovereign state is therefore a constitutional monarchy under its constitution and by its institutions. (However, Australia did not become fully technically and legally independent of Britain until after the 1931 passing of the Statute of Westminster by the British Parliament acting in its imperial function and its full ratification by the Commonwealth Parliament in 1942.) To amend our constitution to become a republic is as unnecessary as it is dangerous.

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    Republic?

    She better ask the Jews about that.

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    The Asians and Arabs here who have no ties to Britain unlike many of us would rejoice.

    It is a process in erasing our links to the West and making new ones with Asia.

    Anyway it will certainly happen unless we cease this mass immigration madness

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    I lovwe the monarchy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Den groda View Post
    The Asians and Arabs here who have no ties to Britain unlike many of us would rejoice.

    It is a process in erasing our links to the West and making new ones with Asia.

    Anyway it will certainly happen unless we cease this mass immigration madness
    Very true. I can only agree.
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    What alot of people don't understand is becoming an Islamic err I mean Republic is it involves writing a new constitution, now I do not trust the Labor/Green party to be writing that!

    I can just imagine, 1/if you are white you are racist and just need to cop it sweet. 2/ Aboriginal? We are sorry, what do you need? 3/ Muslim - Please guide us to redemption and Allah.

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