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Republicans got swift revenge against monarchist Prime Minister John Howard last week. Days after Australians rejected the chance to ditch the queen in a referendum, republicans spoiled Howard's plan to open the Olympics. Under Olympic rules, that task falls to the head of state--in this case, Queen Elizabeth II. "The prime minister cannot have it both ways," said Labor Sen. Chris Schacht. Howard has since passed the task to the queen's representative in Australia. But the republicans still aren't satisfied. "Did the prime minister invite the queen to perform the ceremony?" asks Sydney's Lord Mayor Frank Sartor. "If not, why not?"

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