Could Australia become a republic? Governor-General says ‘discussion’ to abandon monarchy will take place after Queen dies as Anthony Albanese names island after Her Majesty

  • Governor General David Hurley has indicated that Australians could change
  • GG suggested Australians have republic talks after Queen’s death
  • ‘When she leaves…there’s a new discussion in Australia,’ Mr Hurley said on Friday
  • Anthony Albanese renamed an island of Canberra on Saturday in honor of the Queen
  • “She stood by Australia’s side as a loyal and unwavering friend,” Mr Albanese said.

Australia’s Governor-General has suggested the country could become a republic after the Queen’s death.

The Queen’s representative in Australia, David Hurley, was in London for the Jubilee celebrations in honor of his 70 years of service where he was invited on the chances of Australia abandoning its ties to the monarchy.

“I think right now people are focusing on the Queen and then when she leaves, when she passes, then the succession comes, there’s a new discussion in Australia,” he told reporters.

Australia’s Governor-General has suggested the country could become a republic after the Queen’s death

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured, left) greeted Her Majesty The Queen in a speech on Saturday, unveiling a monument in her honor on Saturday

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured, left) greeted Her Majesty The Queen in a speech on Saturday, unveiling a monument in her honor on Saturday

Mr Hurley said there was a ‘huge emotional well of support’ for Her Majesty, but things could change under a new monarch.

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It comes after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese renamed an island in Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin as Queen Elizabeth II Island to mark the Jubilee milestone.

Mr Albanese congratulated the Queen in a speech on Saturday, unveiling a monument in her honour.

“She stood by Australia’s side as a loyal and unwavering friend,” Mr Albanese said.

We give its name to this place in the heart of our capital, a place where history and progress meet.

“It is a fitting tribute to Her Majesty and celebrates her long life and 70 years of service to Australia and the Commonwealth, including her 16 visits to our shores.”

Known for his unwavering support for the nation becoming a republic, Mr Albanese told reporters on Saturday that Australians “will determine the future themselves”.

“Today is not the day for these talks, today is a day to pay tribute to Her Majesty and her service to Australia,” Mr Albanese said.

Mr Albanese’s government has promised Australians will face another Republican referendum if their government wins a second term in 2025.

Australians have already rejected the constitutional change in a referendum held in 1999.

Matt Thistlethwaite was appointed as the new deputy republic minister last month after Labor won the government.

Mr Thistlethwaite said it was time to start talks about the future of the country.

“I think right now people are focused on the Queen and then when she leaves, when she passes, then the succession comes, there’s a new discussion in Australia,” Governor General David Hurley (pictured) said ).

“I would like to congratulate the Queen on her jubilee and her reign, I think she has been a fantastic monarch and a leader of the Commonwealth,” he said. Sky News Australia.

“But as she comes into the twilight of her reign, I think Australians are naturally starting to wonder what is next for Australia.

“Do we want King Charles or are we mature enough or independent enough to consider appointing one of our own as head of state?”

The Queen was the first British monarch to come to the country, her last visit being in 2011.

Mr Albanese praised the Queen in a speech on Saturday where he called her a loyal and steadfast friend

Mr Albanese praised the Queen in a speech on Saturday where he called her a loyal and steadfast friend

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