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This is a confronting read for Australians who are ambivalent about their country becoming a republic, for two reasons. The first is its demonstration that ambivalence is typically grounded in pure apathy. The second is its systematic debunking of the established myths upon which so many monarchists’ arguments for maintaining the status quo are based. In respectful but reasoned language, Jones, a research fellow in the School of History at ANU, produces a compelling case for change.

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