The Constitution

The Australian Crowns and the Rules of Succession

At the next Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in November, Kevin Rudd will be consulted by the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, about whether discrimination against women and Catholics should be removed from the rules for succession to the throne. A recent BBC poll in the United Kingdom found that 89 per cent of people polled supported equal rights for royal women and 81 per cent supported permitting the heir to the throne to marry a Catholic. It is likely that there would be similar support in Australia. Such a change, while relatively minor and overdue, may have the unintended…

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