Australia says it’s time to stand on its own two feet and say a shocking farewell to the Queen, citing its own identity and culture as the UK celebrates the monarch’s platinum jubilee
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Australia’s new government wants to remove the Queen as head of state after more than 200 years of ties to Great Britain.
The news came just two days before Britain was due to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee, with Her Majesty becoming the first British monarch to celebrate her 70th anniversary of service.
Australia’s newly elected Labor leader, anthony albanese, created a new role in his government as “Assistant Minister for the Republic” and held the prospect of a referendum on whether the Queen should be replaced as head of state.
A Sydney MP, Matt Thistlethwaite, has taken on the role, saying that when Prince Charles becomes king, “I think that would be the natural point for a lot of Australians to say, ‘OK, the Queen has done a fantastic job but it is now Time for us to look to the future'”.
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On news of the appointment, Peter FitzSimons, a prominent Republican, tweeted: “Let the records show that for the first time in Commonwealth history, Australia has a Government Member single-handedly committed to removing the Crown and admitting Australia help become a republic.”
Thistlethwaite said on Wednesday he hopes to educate Australians on the current constitutional arrangements but that the only referendum held in his first term is for an Aboriginal vote in Parliament and constitutional recognition of First Nations.
He said: “Australians worship the Queen. I have great respect for her and she is very much loved in our nation.
“Now it’s time for us to stand on our own two feet. We have our own identity and culture. We are a confident, mature nation. Surely we can appoint one of us as our head of state in the future.”
A staunch Republican, Thistlethwaite campaigned for a yes when Australians voted on the matter in 1999.
He said they were “very aware” of what happened in 1999 and he didn’t want a repeat of that year, which divided Republicans.
“I really want to avoid that. I want this to be an issue that unites Australians rather than divides us. So let’s take our time.
“I see my role as trying to unite Australians for our future and to take the next step for our nation on the road to independence.
“Of course, when the Queen’s reign comes to an end, Australians will start to think, ‘Well, what’s next for us?'”
Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison said last year he supports the monarchy after calls for its abolition followed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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