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Queen Of Australia... Or Is She?

There is no 'Queen of Australia'. 

The following is a letter of reply from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet regarding a Freedom of Information request for a copy of the instrument that the Royal Styles and Titles Act 1973 looks to for its valid creation - there is no instrument - it can not be found.

Refer to the letter below:


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Lyall Sempf Letter to Australian Attorney General's-Department re Queen of Australia

Lyall Sempf Response Letter from Australian Attorney General's-Department re Queen of Australia



Text from the Royal Styles and Titles Act 1973:-


An Act relating to the Royal Style and Titles


WHEREAS, in accordance with the Royal Style and Titles Act 1953, Her Majesty, by Proclamation dated 28th May, 1953, adopted, as the Royal Style and Titles to be used in relation to the Commonwealth of Australia and its Territories, the Style and Titles set forth in the Schedule to that Act: 


AND WHEREAS the Government of Australia considers it desirable to propose to Her Majesty a change in the form of the Royal Style and Titles to be used in relation to Australia and its Territories: 


AND WHEREAS the proposed new Style and Titles, being the Style and Titles set forth in the Schedule to this Act, retains the common element referred to in the preamble to the Royal Style and Titles Act 1953: 


BE IT THEREFORE enacted by the Queen, the Senate and the House of Representatives of Australia, as follows: 


Short Title  


This Act may be cited as the Royal Style and Titles Act 1973. 
Assent to adoption of new Royal Style and Titles in relation to Australia 


1. The assent of the Parliament is hereby given to the adoption by Her Majesty, for use in relation to Australia and its Territories, in lieu of the Style and Titles set forth in the Schedule to the Royal Style and Titles Act 1953, of the Style and Titles set forth in the Schedule to this Act, and to the issue for that purpose by Her Majesty of Her Royal Proclamation under such seal as Her Majesty by Warrant appoints. 


2. The Proclamation referred to in sub-section (1) shall be published in the Gazette and shall have effect on the date upon which it is so published.  


SCHEDULE 


Royal Style and Titles  


Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.

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