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Australia: Summit Recommends Republic

(May 2, 2008) The Governance Session of the 2020 Summit (held April 19-20, 2008, in Canberra Australia) has recommended that Australia become a republic via a two-step process involving an initial plebiscite to ascertain whether or not Australia should relinquish ties to the United Kingdom and then a referendum to establish the model of the republic. The 2020 Summit also expressed support for a bill or charter of rights. (Australian Government, AUSTRALIA 2020 SUMMIT, INITIAL SUMMIT REPORT 32 (Apr. 2008), Australia 2020 Summit Web site, available at http://www.australia2020.gov.au/docs/2020_Summit_initial_report.doc#_Toc196467945 (last visited Apr. 22, 2008).)