File photo dated 06/06/14 of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip meeting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott
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Prince Philip recommended for knighthood by Australia

Australian PM Tony Abbott has used the country's national day to announce a knighthood for Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Mr Abbott, who reintroduced the honour last year, said the Prince had lived a "long life of service and dedication".

Opposition politicians described the decision as out-of-step with the times.

The leader of the opposition Labor party, Bill Shorten, said it was "anachronistic" to give the top award to a British royal on Australia Day.

John Donnison reports.

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