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Queen's man under pressure

CANBERRA, Australia -- The queen's representative in Australia is under intensifying pressure to resign over a church sex abuse scandal.

Government ministers, religious leaders and the majority of the Australian public have called for Governor-General Peter Hollingworth -- who holds the highest non-elected office in Australia – to step down from his post after a damning report released last week by the Anglican Church.

The report found Hollingworth hushed up sex abuse in the church in the 1990s when he was the Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane.

The findings, handed down last Thursday, were scathing of Hollingworth's handling of two cases. In the most severe case, Hollingworth allowed a priest to continue working despite knowing the man was a child abuser.

That man is now serving time in jail.

Hollingworth has issued a statement admitting "errors of judgment" over his handling of the cases. In the statement, the governor-general offered his regret to the victims and said if he had his time again he would have handled the matter differently.

A key government member, Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer stepped up the pressure on Hollingworth urging him to consider whether he can still fulfill his role as the queen's representative.

"Obviously, the governor-general himself has to make decisions about his own future and he will obviously be reflecting on the capacity he has to fulfill his duties in an uncontroversial way, not now but in the months and years ahead," Downer said Tuesday.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard has said he will not dismiss Hollingwoth, but has also refused to defend him as he did when the allegations arose in 2002 and sparked the Anglican investigation.

A new poll published by Sydney and Melbourne newspapers showed 76 percent of voters wanted Hollingworth to step down over the scandal. Only 18 percent think he should stay on in the job.

The furor has sparked further debate about Australia's status as a monarchy.

Under Australia's constitution, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is the nation's head of state. The governor general, though a mostly ceremonial post, as the queen's representative is effectively Australia's de facto head of state,

The prime minister appoints and, with the queen's consensus, can also dismiss the governor-general.

Australia's Republican Movement is campaigning to have an elected president become the head of state. The majority of Australians support a republic but are against the choosing of a president by the prime minister -- something the nation's current leader proposed in a 1999 referendum.

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http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/asiapcf/ausp...ndal/index.html