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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High court upholds Australia's right to send asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea - The Guardian

The Guardian

High court upholds Australia's right to send asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea
The Guardian
The full bench of the high court, sitting in Brisbane, ruled Australia's offshore arrangement with PNG was valid. In the wake of the PNG court's decision in April last year, lawyers in Australia challenged Australia's role in offshore processing in the ...
Australia Rules That Sending Refugees to Detention Camps in Papua New Guinea is LegalTIME
Australia's asylum seeker deal with Papua New Guinea is valid, High Court rulesThe Sydney Morning Herald
Australia's Manus deal legal despite being illegal in PNG: High CourtSBS

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Pauline Hanson wears burqa in Australian Senate while calling for ban - The Guardian

The Guardian

Pauline Hanson wears burqa in Australian Senate while calling for ban
The Guardian
“We have about half a million Australians in this country of the Islamic faith, and the vast majority of them are law abiding, good Australians, and Senator Hanson, it is absolutely consistent with being a good law abiding Australian and a strict ...
Pauline Hanson wears burka in Australian SenateBBC News
Australia's Hanson wears burqa to parliament in bid to ban themReuters
Anti-Muslim Australian Senator Wears Burqa in ParliamentU.S. News & World Report
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Australia proposes stronger money laundering rules, includes bitcoin - Reuters

Reuters

Australia proposes stronger money laundering rules, includes bitcoin
Reuters
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia said on Thursday it would strengthen its money laundering laws, including bringing bitcoin providers under the government's financial intelligence unit, days after a fresh scandal at one of the country's biggest banks.
Australia follows Japan in move to regulate bitcoinFinancial Times
Bitcoin: Australia Cracks Down on Digital Currency ExchangesBarron's
Australian bitcoin exchanges to face requirements that put CBA in hot waterZDNet

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Australia adds more jobs than expected in July - Financial Times

Australia adds more jobs than expected in July
Financial Times
Australia's economy added more jobs that forecast in July but saw the number of full-time jobs slip. Last month, the country's economy added 27,900 jobs, above a median estimate compiled by Bloomberg of 20,000 and higher than the revised 20,000 jobs ...

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Australian justice minister denies UK citizenship - BBC News

BBC News

Australian justice minister denies UK citizenship
BBC News
Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan has denied he is a British dual citizen, after becoming the latest figure caught up in a political saga. Australian MPs and senators are not allowed to hold dual citizenship. Five other Australian politicians ...
Justice Minister Michael Keenan denies he is a dual citizen of UK and AustraliaNEWS.com.au
Australia's justice minister faces questions over citizenshipRadio New Zealand

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Australia urged to create anti-slavery commissioner to fight exploitation - The Guardian

The Guardian

Australia urged to create anti-slavery commissioner to fight exploitation
The Guardian
Australia should create an independent anti-slavery commissioner to fight the practice of modern slavery and worker exploitation, according to a parliamentary inquiry. The joint committee on foreign affairs, defence and trade is looking into the ...

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Government stops Yarra Council from holding citizenship ceremonies - NEWS.com.au

NEWS.com.au

Government stops Yarra Council from holding citizenship ceremonies
NEWS.com.au
It will also cease to refer to January 26 as Australia Day and officially join the change-the-date campaign in its publications and social media. The move by the Greens-dominated council angered Canberra, which on Wednesday stripped the power of Yarra ...
Stick to hygiene, not cultural cleansingThe Australian
Yarra council stripped of citizenship ceremony powers after Australia Day changesThe Guardian
More councils eye changing the date of Australia Day after Yarra Council pushThe Age
ABC Online -New York Times -BBC News
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Leah's abrupt Bachelor exit is slut-shaming at its worst - NEWS.com.au

NEWS.com.au

Leah's abrupt Bachelor exit is slut-shaming at its worst
NEWS.com.au
At its most dramatic, the show pits desperate-looking women against each other to catfight over a nondescript hunk. And Australia laps it up. Leah this morning said she felt “degraded” after last night's show, telling the Hit105's Stav, Abby & Matt ...
There Was A Lot Of Slutshaming On "The Bachelor Australia" And Everyone's PissedBuzzFeed News

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Weather bureau says Australia set for a dry spring with above average temperatures - The Guardian

The Guardian

Weather bureau says Australia set for a dry spring with above average temperatures
The Guardian
Australia is set for a warm and dry spring with above average temperatures expected for most parts of the country. After a string of balmy winter weeks, the chance of higher spring daytime temperatures are greater in the north and south-east of the ...

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Yarra council's cycle of high wages and waste - Herald Sun

Herald Sun

Yarra council's cycle of high wages and waste
Herald Sun
The Yarra councillors who scrapped Australia Day quietly awarded themselves the largest possible pay rise, and are considering a special human rights charter for residents. Yarra council is also spending $102,000 of ratepayers' money on a stolen ...