Australia: Albanese nixes republic referendum out of “deep respect” for queen

Source: Sky News [UK]

“In his first international interview since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has told Sky News he will not hold a referendum on whether Australia should become a republic in his first term. Now is a moment to show gratitude for the Queen’s ‘service to Australia, the Commonwealth and the world,’ he said. The Queen’s death has reignited a debate about the country’s relationship with the monarchy, and Mr Albanese has previously stated that the country needs an Australian head of state. But this period is a ‘time to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II’ and to show ‘deep respect and admiration,’ not to pursue ‘questions about our constitution,’ he said.” (09/11/22)