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She criticized what she called the government’s willingness to put its defense treaty with the United States ahead of the rights of an Australian citizen.

“The No. 1 issue at the next election regardless of who you vote for is democracy in this country — whether or not we’re just a state of the U.S. and whether or not our citizens are going to be just handed over as a sacrifice to the U.S. alliance,” she said.

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Associated Press writer Raphael Satter in London contributed to this report.