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Friday, November 5, 1999 Published at 10:23 GMT


World: Asia-Pacific

Yes and no - in a minute



Australian referendum
Should Australia become a republic? BBC News Online asked leading republican Malcolm Turnbull and leading monarchist Kerry Jones sum up their cases - in one minute each. Listen to the audio link, then weigh in with your view in Talking Point.


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'The head of state who is one of us.'
Malcolm Turnbull, a former investment banker, is the chairman of the Australian Republican Movement and has promoted the move toward the Australian Republic in a wide variety of forums. In 1993 he was appointed the Chairman of the Republic Advisory Committee.


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Our government 'is proven, tried, tested'
A former schoolteacher, Kerry Jones took up the position of Executive Director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy in 1994. Under Ms Jones's direction the organisation now boasts close to 19,000 supporters.


Do you think Australia should become a republic? Do you think monarchs have had their day? Read what you've said so far.

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