Thursday 21 September 2017

Oz 'republic' bows to the royal family

William, Kate and baby George have seen growing support for the monarchy in Australia.

Elaine Byrne

PRINCE William, Kate and baby George have killed the Australian Republican movement. The three-week royal tour, which took in New Zealand, has confirmed the Duke of Cambridge's succession as head of the Australian state, despite him living 10,000 miles away.

A Fairfax-Nielsen survey published last week found that support for the monarchy is the highest in decades. Young people are now more supportive of the monarchy than their parents. Just 28 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds want a republic.

Contrast that with the constitutional referendum of 1999 when the proposal to make the Commonwealth of Australia a Republic was defeated by 55 per cent.

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