New Australian PM doesn't plan constitutional change

2015-09-21 09:46
Malcolm Turnbull. (File: AFP)

Malcolm Turnbull. (File: AFP)

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Canberra - Australia's new prime minister, Malcom Turnbull has flagged that he is in no hurry to sever the nation's constitutional links to Britain by appointing an Australian president as head of state.

Turnbull led the Australian Republican Movement, an advocacy group, when it failed at a 1999 referendum to convince Australians to replace Queen Elizabeth II as Australia's head of state.

But six days after becoming prime minister, Turnbull said on Monday he has no plans to revisit the divisive constitutional issue.

Governor General Peter Gosgrove, the British monarch's representative in Australia, will swear in Turnbull's first 21-member Cabinet later on Monday.

Turnbull on Sunday announced a younger team of ministers that included more women than the 19-member Cabinet of his predecessor, Tony Abbott.

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