CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government has come under mounting pressure on Australia's national day to appoint an Australian head of state to replace the British monarch.
Every Australia Day, an eminent Australian citizen is made Australian of the Year in recognition of his or her contribution to Australian society.
The 2016 Australian of the Year, former Chief of Army David Morrison, said Tuesday that he intends to use his new public profile to campaign for Australia to sever its constitutional ties to Britain.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is also Queen of Australia. A referendum that would have replaced her with an Australian head of state was defeated in 1999.