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Australian knights a backward step

27 March 2014

Republic has branded Australia's decision to reintroduce knighthoods a 'backward step' and out of touch with modern Australian values.

Earlier this week Australian prime minister Tony Abbott - who in the 1990s was heading the pro-monarchy campaign - announced that the imperial honours system that was scrapped in the 1970s and 80s was to be re-introduced.

Republic pointed out during an interview for ABC radio that in the UK the honours system is little more than a way for political leaders to thank their friends, allies and donors.

Republic proposes fullscale reform of Britain's honours sytem and has given evidence to a parliamentary inquiry into the issue.

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