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Australia holding up royal succession changes: Britain

Published on Feb 27, 2014 9:40 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Australia is holding up changes to the royal succession laws that would end the practice where sons take precedence over daughters, a British government minister said.

The 16 Commonwealth realms which share the same royal family - including Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Jamaica - must all pass an identical law before the changes can come into effect, unless UK legislation covers it for them.

They have all done so except Australia, said Mr Jim Wallace, the deputy leader of the British parliament's upper House of Lords.

The measures mean newborn male children would no longer overtake elder sisters in the line of succession.

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