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Should a first-born girl reign over her brother?



19 October 2011

Associate Professor Anne Twomey examines whether Prince William's first-born child, if a daughter, should become queen or should she be supplanted by a younger brother?

In an opinion piece for The Australian, Associate Professor Twomey considers whether the amendment of the successionlaws by the Westminster parliament change the law in Australia about who will be the sovereign of Australia in the future?

"Since the enactment of the Australia Acts in 1986, no future British law may extend as part of Australian law.

"In short, the British cannot legislate to bind Australia any more, even if Australia requested it to do so.

"Only Australian parliaments can now change Australian laws."

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