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The Queen is 'deeply respected' in Australia, says country's former PM Kevin Rudd
23 June 2022, 19:36
No one else will be as popular as the Queen in Australia, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told LBC.
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Speaking during LBC's Tonight with Andrew Marr, Mr Rudd said the Queen was "deeply respected" by Australians, but suggested once she is no longer on the throne there could be a referendum on the cards.
He told Andrew: "In Australia, there's a huge amount of affection for the Queen - no one wants to upset your nanna - and most of us in politics have met the Queen.
"She's a fine leader and a fine lady - deeply respected in Australia.
"What happens beyond her Britannic Majesty I'm not sure. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been very careful about when a further referendum will be taken of the Australian people.
"But my own judgement is that the Australian people may not be interested in moving to a republic until her majesty is no longer on the throne.
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When asked about Prince Charles' popularity in the country, Mr Rudd explained: "I don't think anyone could be as popular as the Queen.
"One of our number is now the Princess royal of Denmark - Princess Mary - she'll be the Queen of Denmark before long but Queen Elizabeth II has a much deeper affection in the hearts and minds of Australians.
"Obviously, if and when there is a change to a new monarch, there'll be a different set of feelings about that.
"I think there's a deep respect for Prince Charles and in his views on the environment and sustainability - that has actually resonated in Australia over time."
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It comes as the republicans have returned to power in Australia after a recent election, with them having previously called a referendum in 1999, hoping to make the country a republic.
Mr Rudd said the results at the time were "quite decisive" with a 60-40 outcome.