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Australian lawmakers pledge loyalty to king

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Australia's current Labor Party administration, which leans left of the Liberal Party,

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would like to see the British monarch replaced by an Australian president.

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Following her 70-year reign, many people see Queen Elizabeth II's passing last week as an opportunity for progress.

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During their swearing-in ceremony, Victoria's tiny Greens party demanded a single Australian leader.

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We're here as Victorian MPs to swear allegiance to King Charles III, Greens leader Samantha Ratnam said to media prior to the ceremony.

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Despite the objection, all four Greens members of parliament joined the other politicians in pledging or affirming their allegiance to the king, who serves as the head of state for Australia, Britain, and 13 other nations.

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Now is a crucial time to consider the legacy of colonisation and the future role of the British monarchy in Australia.