Queen’s Birthday

Today is a Public Holiday in Australia to celebrate the birthday of Elizabeth II who is Queen of Australia.

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.MTnew_commonwealth_austraila_intro.jpg The Queen of Australia is the Sovereign according to the Constitution of Australia which is considered to be one of the cleverest agreements ever designed.

While there is still a minority of people in Australia who nostalgically debate the relative merits of two ancient forms of government: republics vs monarchies, the majority of contemporary Australian electors have recently affirmed their commitment to our own unique and highly evolved form of government – our commonwealth – which is the envy of the modern world of the 21st Century.

The Commonwealth of Australia is a constitutional monarchy. The Governor-General is Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Australian Defence Force.

The Queen is Sovereign of Australia.

Unlike the United Kingdom, which has no constitution, Australia is not a such a monarchy. Nor is Australia like the United States of America, which has a constitution, but is still a republic. Australia, having evolved beyond both these models of government, is a modern commonwealth with a unique constitution of its own design.

The Queen greets Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at Windsor Castle

• The Queen and the Prime Minister •

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