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Monday, November 1, 1999 Published at 14:09 GMT

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Queen or country?

This week, Australia's 12m voters go to the polls to decide whether to replace Queen Elizabeth II with a politically appointed president. Although most back a republic, latest polls show that most will vote to keep the Queen - for now. BBC News Online give you the latest news plus an in-depth look at both sides of the argument.

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Yes or no - in a minute
Leading Republican Malcolm Turnbull and leading monarchist Kerry Jones sum up their case - in a minute each.

Is the monarchy relevant in the 21st century?
Is the monarchy nothing more than a symbolic figurehead? Do you wish your country had a monarch? If it does, do you wish it hadn't? Join the debate in Talking Point.

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The birth of republicanism
Republicanism is nothing new in Australia. It came over with the first boatload of convicts, writes David Grossman.

{ Image 4} Australian monarchy debate splutters
Just weeks before Australians head to the polls, polls show most Australians are simply not interested. Red Harrison reports from Sydney.

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- Louise Woodward case
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