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Olympic torch may skip Australia

SYDNEY, May 3 (UPI) -- A security dispute may disrupt the Australian leg of the Olympic torch relay in advance of the Summer Olympic Games in Athens.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday that Australia, as the last country to host the summer Olympics, was to be the first country after Greece to host the Olympic torch relay during a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House next month.

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The dispute stems from the state governments in New South Wales and Victoria not wanting Greek security guarding the torch.

New South Wales Premier Bob Carr said his solicitor's office has recommended he not sign the agreement with Athens Olympics authorities because of Australian laws preventing non-Australians from working as police and security guards.

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