Bill Shorten renews calls for a republic

FEDERAL Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has again called for Australia to become a republic, during a book launch in Melbourne.

Mr Shorten (pictured) made the comment on Sunday, saying it was time to "live up" to the example set by the pioneers "114 years ago" who created the Commonwealth.

"Let us declare that our head of state should be one of us," he said.

Mr Shorten, a long-time Republican, called for the nation to "rally behind an Australian republic", despite Prime Minister Tony Abbott's role as a staunch monarchist.

"Let us rally behind an Australian republic - a model that truly speaks for who we are, our modern identity, our place in our region and our world," he said.

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