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Background. Australia became a self-governing dominion within the British Empire in 1901. It is currently a member of the Commonwealth.

In 1998, the Australian Constitutional Convention voted to sever all ties with Great Britain. A national referendum to approve this decision and change Australia's status from a commonwealth headed by the British monarch to an independent republic was defeated in 1999.

Executive. Australia is a federal...

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