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Queensland Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie

Queensland Passes Its Own Succession Laws

Victor P Taffa

The Newman Government has today passed the Succession to the Crown Bill 2013, which has changed laws relating to royal succession.

Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie said Queensland had reserved its right as a Sovereign State to amend its own laws regarding the royal succession, preserving the state’s relationship to the monarch.

“The first-born child should become the Monarch regardless of their gender.” Mr. Bleijie said.

“In the spirit of compromise, not only will the Queensland Government be implementing its own legislation but will also be making a request to the Commonwealth to implement similar legislation pursuant to section 51(xxxviii) of the Commonwealth Constitution.”

Under this bill, Queensland has agreed to support three key reforms as passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

These reforms include:

  • To allow for succession regardless of gender
  • To remove the bar on succession of an heir and successor of the Sovereign who marries a Catholic
  • To limit the requirement for the Sovereign’s consent to the marriage of a descendant of King George II to the first six people who are in line to the throne

“Given the longstanding ties and relationships between the Crown and States, Queensland wants to preserve their rights as a sovereign state.” Mr. Bleijie said.

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