Australia

Country Australia
Capital Canberra
Continent Australia-Oceania
Currency Australian dollar(AUD)
Languages English

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Aboriginal settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia about 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession in the name of Great Britain. Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the British effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has transformed itself into an internationally competitive, advanced market economy. It boasted one of the OECD's fastest growing economies during the 1990s, a performance due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s. Long-term concerns include climate-change issues such as the depletion of the ozone layer and more frequent droughts, and management and conservation of coastal areas, especially the Great Barrier Reef.

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Australia to impose gas export controls if domestic shortage hits - The Guardian

The Guardian

Australia to impose gas export controls if domestic shortage hits
The Guardian
A LNG tanker docked in Japan. Australia is set to be the largest exporter of LNG in the years to come, much of it to Japan, but a looming domestic gas shortage has led to the government to say it will impose export controls. Photograph: Bloomberg via ...
WATCH Trump Slams 'Dumb' Refugee Deal With Australia Brokered by Obama AdministrationABC News
Trump to meet Australian PM, relations strained over asylum seekersCNBC
Donald Trump, Australia's Malcolm Turnbull To Bury The Hatchet In New York MeetingNDTV
Sky News Australia -The Sydney Morning Herald
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Counting the missing billions: how Australia is losing out to oil and gas giants - The Guardian

The Guardian

Counting the missing billions: how Australia is losing out to oil and gas giants
The Guardian
We estimated that if Australia adopted a similar approach to Hong Kong to eliminate debt loading abuse, US oil and gas giant Chevron would have been denied $6.27bn in interest deductions, potentially increasing tax revenues by $1.89bn over the four ...
Global gas giants use loophole to avoid tax on billionsThe Sydney Morning Herald

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Australian TV Host Draws Fire for Invoking Offshore Detention on Anzac Day - New York Times

New York Times

Australian TV Host Draws Fire for Invoking Offshore Detention on Anzac Day
New York Times
The anger over the Tuesday post — which referred to Australia's widely condemned offshore detention centers for asylum seekers on the Pacific islands of Manus and Nauru — focused on its timing, on Anzac Day, a revered holiday that commemorates ...
Yassmin Abdel-Magied shows what's up with ABCThe Australian
ABC presenter forced to delete 'disrespectful' Anzac postThe West Australian

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Australia's citizenship plan 'slap in the face' for NZers - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

Australia's citizenship plan 'slap in the face' for NZers
Radio New Zealand
The move appears to undermine an agreement last year between former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Mr Turnbull for a pathway to Australian citizenship. Until now, people living in Australia could spend three years on any visa and one year on ...

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One Nation rebuffs invitation to join Cory Bernardi's Conservatives party - The Guardian

The Guardian

One Nation rebuffs invitation to join Cory Bernardi's Conservatives party
The Guardian
Launching the amalgamated party in Adelaide on Wednesday, Bernardi sought to explain away the decision of the federal senator Lucy Gichuhi not to join the Australian Conservatives, suggesting she may need more time to understand because she is new ...
Cory Bernardi's Australian Conservatives to amalgamate with Family FirstABC Online
Australia should wish Cory Bernardi wellThe Australian

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Paul Keating says Australia's sycophancy to US damaging its own interests - The Guardian

The Guardian

Paul Keating says Australia's sycophancy to US damaging its own interests
The Guardian
Australia's “client state” obsequiousness towards the US was damaging its own interests and ignoring the rise of China as the nascent “primary economic state of the world”, Paul Keating has argued. Speaking at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, the former ...

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What Amazon's arrival in Australia means for you | The West Australian - The West Australian

The West Australian



John McCain expected to visit Australia for talks on Asia-Pacific security - ABC Online

ABC Online

John McCain expected to visit Australia for talks on Asia-Pacific security
ABC Online
"He may be setting out a list of expectations of what he thinks allies can do, so it will be interesting to see what he says about [Australia] countering China in the South China Sea, and working with the US on North Korean contingencies," Mr Jennings ...

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Australia needs a more modern anthem: MP - Sky News Australia

Sky News Australia

Australia needs a more modern anthem: MP
Sky News Australia
Mr Laming suggested a third verse reflecting indigenous Australians, multiculturalism and how Australia is geopolitically positioned. 'Let's actually sit down and say what truly makes us unique,' he said. 'I just think we're a different nation and ...
Federal MP Wants National Anthem Revised To Reflect 21st Century AustraliaHuffington Post Australia

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This is the last year a car will be made in Australia - Quartz

Quartz

This is the last year a car will be made in Australia
Quartz
It's farewell to “Australia's Own Car” when General Motors' Australian unit Holden closes the door on its factory later this year. And with that, the country's almost century-old auto-manufacturing industry will officially come to an end. Holden was ...

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