Aussie PM, Julia Gillard has stated just days before the general election, that she believes Australia should become a republic after the Queen's death (or abdication). Can't say I have a problem with that, tbh. Hopefully Aussies realise we have a great affection for their country, but I think everyone realises it will become a republic at some point. Hopefully it will happen in a calm, amicable fashion with ties remaining between the two countries. I have to say, I'm quite impressed by the fact that even many committed republicans seem fairly sensitive towards Queen, and it's nice that they've suggested waiting till the end of her reign to make the move (partly out of respect for her, and also because it would seem the most practical time to do it?). Any thoughts?