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Australia's royalist PM brings back knights and dames

Published on Mar 25, 2014 2:44 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia announced on Tuesday that knights and dames will be reintroduced to its honours list to recognise distinguished members of society.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a staunch monarchist, said up to four knights or dames could be appointed each year, starting with the British queen's outgoing representative Governor-General Quentin Bryce and her successor Peter Cosgrove.

"I believe this is an important grace note in our national life," Abbott said.

"This is for pre-eminent achievement."

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