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Australia Day push to ditch Queen

Premiers and chief ministers are aligned in the call to kiss the Queen goodbye and finally make Australia a republic.

All except one state and territory leader have aligned in a declaration to push for an Australian head of state, reports 9News
Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett was the only premier who refused to sign the declaration which was hatched by the Australian Republican Movement.
The declaration simply read: “We, the undersigned Premiers and Chief Ministers of Australia, believe that Australia should have an Australian as our head of state.”
The Australian Republic Movement chair Peter FitzSimons said it was a clear declaration of desired independence by almost all of the country’s state and territory leaders, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
"Never before have the stars of the Southern Cross been so aligned in pointing to the dawn of a new republican age for Australia," Mr FitzSimons said in a statement.

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