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Australia ditches 'out of date' knights and dames

Australian High Commissioner Alexander Downer attends a ceremony where Queen Elizabeth II presents Prince Philip with the Insignia of a Knight of the Order of Australia at Windsor Castle on April 22, 2015Australia has removed knights and dames from the national honours system, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Monday, dismissing the ancient titles as “not appropriate” in the modern age. Knights and dames were unexpectedly revived last year by then prime minister and ardent monarchist Tony Abbott — prompting accusations he was in a “time warp” and out of touch with voters. Turnbull, an outspoken republican, had been widely expected to dump the titles ever since he replaced Abbott in a conservative Liberal Party room coup in September.

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