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Australians ‘feel closer’ to Asia than Europe

An Australian National University poll has found support for a republic has fallen by more than 10 per cent over the past decade, while support for the Queen as head of state has risen to 25 per cent.

However, the figures still show that 54 per cent of Australians still favour a republic, and almost half (48 per cent) feel closer ties to the Asia Pacific region than with Britain or Europe

The poll looked at issues of national identity and found that Australians believe speaking English and respect for political institutions and laws are the most important factors in being Australian.

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