Australia had been a nation for just under a century when its 12 million voters were called upon to decide whether or not the country should change its constitution and sever ties with the British monarchy in November 1999.

The head of the Australian Federation is Queen Elizabeth II, whose sovereignty was exercised by the governor general, since 1965 this has usually been an Australian politician appointed by the Queen but chosen by the head of the government in Canberra.

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