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To: Sir Gawain
The Queen of England is the Chief of State in Australia, New Zealand and Canada (as well as other countries I believe).

According to the CIA world fact book on Australia:

chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II...

elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; governor general appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or leader of a majority coalition is usually appointed prime minister by the governor general...

This same set of affairs exists in New Zealand. In Canada it is slightly different. I know in the past the Queen actually intervened with the elected gov't in Australia when it was deemed too radical- she removed it. So it would seem that she does indeed have some power somewhere in the world. She's also the head of the Church of England, the Commander in Chief of Britain's armed forces and she's got a lot of money which is a form of power in itself. I might be mistaken but I think she actually has a bit more power in some parts of the world than she does in the UK although, that might be a mistake on my part.

20 posted on 06/21/2003 5:53:09 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: Prodigal Son
I know in the past the Queen actually intervened with the elected gov't in Australia when it was deemed too radical- she removed it.

That isn't true. The Governor-General, who is technically appointed by the Queen but is really appointed by the Prime Minister dismissed the Prime Minister because the Senate refused to pass the governments budget bills.

43 posted on 06/22/2003 8:16:56 PM PDT by gd124
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