AUSTRALIAN LEADERS BEGIN REPUBLIC PUSH

AUSTRALIAN LEADERS BEGIN  REPUBLIC PUSH

Almost all of Australia’s state and territory leaders have signed a document in support of the country becoming a republic.
Australians have voted against becoming a republic in a 1999 referendum.
Current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was leader of the republican movement at that time.
But since coming to power, Mr Turnbull has said no change should occur until the reign of Queen Elizabeth II ends.
The state premiers of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, and the chief ministers of the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory, signed the document in favour of replacing the Queen as head of state.