Personal Union

The Australian Crown is separate and independent from the Crowns of the other (15) fifteen Commonwealth Realms. The relationship is a personal union, well known in international law, and in the history of the British Empire. From the reign of George I to George IV, a personal union existed between the Crowns of Great Britain and Hanover. Today, the personal union in our Crowns is one aspect of our very close relations with countries such as the UK, New Zealand, Canada, and Papua New Guinea.

In the eighties and nineties, it was fashionable to downplay the links with the UK, a former prime minister even gratuitously insulted her in the federal parliament. As one of the world’s leading economies, one of the most powerful military powers, as a permanent member of the Security Council, as a major European Union power, and also being favorably disposed to Australia, it was difficult to understand this action. The personal union keeps us close to the countries closest to us. This is not something we should lightly abandon.

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Crowned Republic

A Crowned Republic is a form of government that features a monarch who serves as a symbolic, ceremonial leader with limited authority over matters related to the executive branch and constitutional issues. This type of system is exemplified by countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom, which are officially classified as constitutional monarchies. Additionally, the term can be applied to historical republics where the head of state held the title of "doge," such as those found in Venice, Genoa, and the Republic of San Marino. In these cases, the monarch's role was largely symbolic, with actual governance being carried out by elected officials or other government bodies. Overall, a crowned republic is a unique blend of monarchical and republican features in which the monarch's role is largely symbolic but still serves an important ceremonial function.
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