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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TOPSHOP Australia joins list of fashion victims - The Australian Financial Review

The Australian Financial Review

TOPSHOP Australia joins list of fashion victims
The Australian Financial Review
Myer's 20 per cent stake in the Australian TOPSHOP franchise is under a cloud after the fast fashion retailer's major shareholder pulled the plug amid falling sales and mounting losses. Fashion industry veteran Hilton Seskin, who acquired the local ...
Topshop Australia goes into voluntary administration amid mounting debtsThe Sydney Morning Herald
Topshop Australia falls into administrationThe Australian
Topshop's Australian stores thrown into voluntary administration9news.com.au
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Aboriginal leaders gather at Uluru to decide how to change Australia - CNN

CNN

Aboriginal leaders gather at Uluru to decide how to change Australia
CNN
Despite this, Calma said the Australian government needed to do a lot more. "Whichever political party we're talking about, we see glimmers of hope and some attention but none of them you can say in any meaningful way have embraced (Aboriginal ...
Australian indigenous leaders meet for historic summitBBC News

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ABC axes Yassmin Abdel-Magied's Australia Wide program - The Sydney Morning Herald

The Sydney Morning Herald

ABC axes Yassmin Abdel-Magied's Australia Wide program
The Sydney Morning Herald
The ABC is axing the program hosted by Yassmin Abdel-Magied a month after the television presenter and activist sparked outrage over her Anzac Day comments. Australia Wide is set to be shelved in the coming weeks as part of the national broadcaster's ...
ABC axes Yassmin's programdailytelegraph.com.au
Yassmin Abdel-Magied's ABC show Australia Wide axedThe Australian

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Australia's 'Stolen Generations' Tell Their Stories - New York Times (blog)

New York Times (blog)

Australia's 'Stolen Generations' Tell Their Stories
New York Times (blog)
All had the bad luck of being born “half caste” during Australia's disastrous experiment with forced assimilation. For 60 years, until 1970, government policies rounded up Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children deemed to be part-white and sent ...



Australia says its citizen freed in Yemen with Oman's help - ABC News

Irish Independent

Australia says its citizen freed in Yemen with Oman's help
ABC News
Australia's Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that an Australian citizen kidnapped in Yemen last year has been released following assistance by the sultanate of Oman. Oman's Foreign Ministry said the country helped free the Australian citizen ...
Australia citizen freed in Yemen with Oman's helpIrish Independent
Australian man kidnapped in Yemen freedABC Online

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Ellia Green throws support behind new Sydney Sevens tournament on Australia Day - The Sydney Morning Herald

The Sydney Morning Herald

Ellia Green throws support behind new Sydney Sevens tournament on Australia Day
The Sydney Morning Herald
Australian women's sevens star Ellia Green says it is an understatement to say she is excited to play on Australia Day at next year's revamped Sydney Sevens tournament and she has backed the idea of BYO barbecues for the day. The Australian Rugby ...

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Cricket Australia has image rights fight on its hands against Australian Cricketers' Association - ABC Online

ABC Online

Cricket Australia has image rights fight on its hands against Australian Cricketers' Association
ABC Online
Not only might Cricket Australia lose the players' labour — now it stands to lose their faces. In the latest power play in these endless negotiations, the players' union, the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA), has upped the ante with the ...
Cricket: Australia players' union seeks more control of IPSBS
Cricket pay dispute: Players hit out at Cricket Australia's threatsThe Sydney Morning Herald

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Hey ya: Advance Australia Fair is a national anthem outkast - The Sydney Morning Herald

The Sydney Morning Herald

Hey ya: Advance Australia Fair is a national anthem outkast
The Sydney Morning Herald
Anja Nissen sings the Australian national anthem on board HMAS Canberra at the launch of the 2015 Australia Day program. Photo: Daniel Munoz. For one thing, petition author Michael Wilson argued, the "boundless plains to share" line in verse two clangs ...

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Amazon grocery threat looms large - NEWS.com.au

NEWS.com.au

Amazon grocery threat looms large
NEWS.com.au
In its third annual survey supplier survey, presented to the Australian Food and Grocery Council forum in Brisbane on Wednesday, the investment bank revealed Amazon was already in talks with one fifth of grocery suppliers, “suggesting a launch in ...

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Adani May Exit $16.5 Billion Mine in Australia Without Tax Deal, Says Minister - NDTV

The Guardian

Adani May Exit $16.5 Billion Mine in Australia Without Tax Deal, Says Minister
NDTV
Adani May Exit $16.5 Billion Mine in Australia Without Tax Deal, Says Minister. Carmichael coal project, Australia's largest coal project has been delayed several times since first being proposed in 2010 due to protests and court claims from green ...
Australian Conservation Foundation vows to pursue all avenues to stop Adani loanThe Guardian
Adani defers Australian coal project investment decisionHindu Business Line
$12bn Australian coal mine deferred in subsidy warFinancial Times

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