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Australian election: Different visions on becoming a republic

08-17-2010 19:19 BJT

This year's election campaign in Australia has generated renewed debate on the country's political identity and future as a constitutional monarchy. Candidates for prime minister have voiced their views on their visions for becoming a republic.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard admitted that she was a republican and underlined her beliefs for Australia to become a republic but added that the right time would only come after the monarch changes in the UK. However, Opposition leader Tony Abbott seemed less than enthusiastic to lay any support to an idea of a big change.

Julia Gillard said, "I obviously am a republican,I believe this nation should be a republic,I also believe that this nation has got a deep affection for Queen Elizabeth. What I would like to see as prime minister is that we work our way through to an agreement on a model for the republic but I think the appropriate time for this nation to move to being a republic is when we see the monarch change."

Tony Abbott, Opposition Leader, said, "The Australian people have demonstrated themselves to be remarkably attached to the institutions that work.I think 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."

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CNTV

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