As prime minister, republican Malcolm Turnbull said there would be no more moves towards an Australian head of state while Queen Elizabeth remained on the throne.
Bill Shorten is committed to an Australian head of state, but it will likely take lost priority to constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
Australia’s head of state Queen Elizabeth is aged 92. Source: Treasury.
Labor says if it wins office at the upcoming federal election, in its first term it will offer Australians a chance to vote to become a republic – but in a two-step voting process.
You never know …
At least one second daughter of a second son of the British monarch has ended up on the throne in her own right.
The Alcázar palace in Seville, once home to some of the Muslim rulers in al-Andalus.
The inter-marriage of Muslim families and the mingling with Christianity provides us with an interesting back story to a Muslim ancestor of the current British monarch.
The Queen has been central to the achievements of the Commonwealth. Her son can do the same, if he stops being quite so petulant about it.
A reversion to imperial imbalance in the British-Australian relationship began with the Whitlam government’s election and ended with its dismissal.
The continued embargo on documents relating to the dismissal of the Whitlam government point to the lingering imperial power that comes from an incomplete severance of colonial ties.
Queen Elizabeth II with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia during his state visit in 2007.
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It looks as if a state visit from the US president is on the cards. But the Queen is a veteran at hosting unwanted guests.
The Queen Mother, Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Harry ride in their carriage from Buckingham Palace in 1992.
In the 20 years since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the monarchy has been remade largely in her own image.
Bill Shorten will seek to elevate the issue of a republic by pledging.
a policy for quick action.
Bill Shorten's policy for quick action on a republic contrasts with Malcolm Turnbull's position.
Politics podcast: Michael Cooney on an Australian republic.
Michael Cooney says becoming a republic would give Australians important new symbols of national unity.
The Queen’s top hats, this one designed by Angela Kelly and worn at the 2011 Royal Wedding, are her greatest invention.
The hat is an example par excellence of aristocratic excess, the equivalent of a peacock's tail in seducing the Queen's subjects.
The Sex Pistols perform in Memphis, Tennessee during their 1978 American tour.
Banned from the BBC, denied its rightful place on the charts, 'God Save the Queen' – released 40 years ago this month – remains one of the most controversial protest songs of all time.
Queen Elizabeth II meets with Australian Defence Force personnel and veterans at the Australian War Memorial in 2011.
As Australians once found spiritual communion through allegiance to the British monarch, they find similar virtues in Anzac today. Can the republican movement connect with a large enough number of people in a similar way?
And so it ends…
It has been meticulously planned for ... but the end of the Elizabethan Age will throw up plenty of surprises.
There's no middle ground when it comes to a president like this.
Paul Keating put the idea of a new flag, shorn of any traces of the Union Jack, on the political agenda.
By the end of 1992, Paul Keating had done more than anyone to place on the political agenda issues of national identity that had been either dead or dormant for years.
Netflix’s most ambitious and expensive original drama is historical fiction at its most lavish.
Elizabeth I of England, the Armada portrait, 1590.
The value of the Armada painting, soon to go on show in Greenwich, lies in its masterful storytelling.
Dublin, April 24, 2016.
For 100 years, the Easter Rising has occupied center stage in the memory making of republican Ireland. But the role of Irish soldiers in World War I had been all but forgotten -- until now.
Britain's longest-reigning monarch has seen a big rise in life expectancy since her birth in 1926.