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Prime Minister Says Country Should Be Republic After Queen Elizabeth

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has renewed his call for a republic, but only after queen Elizabeth II's reign, as he outlined a road map for breaking away from the British monarchy.

Turnbull, a staunch republican who led the cause before a failed referendum in 1999, said his support for an Australian head of state stemmed from patriotism. The British crown's power in Australia is seen as largely symbolic, and while the queen is hugely popular, the monarchy is viewed by some as an anachronistic colonial relic. Critics within Turnbull's own conservative Liberal Party said his support for a republic would be damaging to the government. But Turnbull said there was no appetite among Australians for another referendum during Queen Elizabeth's reign. Support for a republic has wavered over the years, with a Fairfax-Nielsen poll in 2014 fi nding that 51 percent of the 1,400 people surveyed favored the status quo compared to 42 percent supporting a republic.

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