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Australian PM will not hold republic referendum during his first term out of ‘deep respect’ for Queen

Sky News has interviewed Anthony Albanese, the Australian Prime Minister. It is his first interview internationally since Queen Elizabeth II’s death. He stated that he would not hold a referendum to decide whether Australia should be made a republic during his first term.

This is the time to express gratitude to the queen for his “services to Australia, Australia and the Commonwealth” he stated.

The Queen’s passing has sparked a debate about the country and its relationship with the monarchy. Mr Albanese previously stated that Australia needs a head of state.

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He said that this is a time to “pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II” as well as to show “deep respect, admiration”, and not to “questions regarding our constitution”.

Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, saying that she stood by Australia in good and bad times.

He said that the Queen “I believe was with Australians at times of celebration – such as the opening of Parliament House in 1988 and the opening Sydney Opera House during our great historical events. But she was also with Australia during times of difficulty.”

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“This land is full of cyclones and floods and Queen Elizabeth has always been there to comfort Australians in times of need.

“She was so respected, regardless of political affiliation. She is highly regarded for her 70 years of service in the public sector, and her devotion to duty.

Australians believe that part of Queen Elizabeth’s success was her ability to remain politically neutral regarding Australia.

Albanese stated that he was certain King Charles III would be “very aware of the need for politics to remain above politics”.

The prime minister said that he had a close relationship with Australia. I hope he can visit Australia on an occasion as soon and as often as possible.

“This is, of course. A substantial change. Queen Elizabeth is the only monarch we have known during my lifetime and that of most Australians.

When asked if Australians would like to see the institution known as the monarchy develop, Mr Albanese replied: “It’s evolved and will continue to evolve. It must keep up with the times.

“But the larger questions about our constitution are not ones that we can address at this time. We are now sharing the grief of many Australians, and we also show our deep appreciation for the contribution made by the Queen to Australia.

It’s a sad moment. It’s also a good time to celebrate a long, healthy life.

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He said that the Queen ruled during a time “that has seen more change” than any other era in human history. “The nature and impact of technology has changed the way our society works. Queen Elizabeth was able change the way she interacts with the public. I am certain King Charles will do the same.

Today was the official proclamation of King Charles’ accession to Australia. This ceremony took place in Canberra, the capital of Australia.

Mr Albanese will travel from Italy to London to attend Queen’s Funeral and meet the new King.

After his return from the UK, Australia will hold a public holiday in her memory. It will be held on 22 September.

He said, “I believe it’s important to commemorate the remarkable life, and indeed the service, that Queen Elizabeth gave Australia as our head, for 70 years. The longest-serving British monarch ever,” “But, [there’s] also] a lot of affection from Australians toward the Queen.”


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