Australia

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

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Introduction

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 calls for Pacific trade deal to go ahead without US - Irish Times

Irish Times

Australia calls for Pacific trade deal to go ahead without US
Irish Times
Australia has called for the Trans-Pacific Partnership to go ahead without the US after President Donald Trump's withdrawal threw a decade of Asian trade talks into chaos. Malcolm Turnbull, prime minister of Australia, vowed to keep TPP alive and said ...
Australia and New Zealand to pursue 'TPP 12 minus one'BBC News
United States-China tensions could stretch Australia as Donald Trump dumps Trans-Pacific PartnershipABC Online
Australia Pushes for TPP Without U.S. After Trump Exits DealBloomberg
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Federer 'surprised' by semi-final run - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

Federer 'surprised' by semi-final run
BBC Sport
Seventeen-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer says he did not expect to reach the Australian Open semi-finals after a six-month injury lay-off. The four-time champion in Melbourne is making his competitive return after last playing at Wimbledon in July.
Roger Federer's kids want to spend more time in AustraliaDaily Mail
Australian Open 2017: Roger Federer beats Mischa Zverev to reach semis as it happenedThe Guardian
FEDERER'S THEORY BEHIND AUS OPEN TRANSFORMATIONNEWS.com.au
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The Guardian view on Australia Day: change the date - The Guardian

The Guardian

The Guardian view on Australia Day: change the date
The Guardian
January 26 has multiple meanings: it is Australia Day and it is also, for some, Survival Day or Invasion Day. The NADC acknowledges that the date brings a mixture of celebration and mourning and we believe that the programs presented by the NADC should ...

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The markers of everyday racism in Australia - The Conversation AU

The Conversation AU

The markers of everyday racism in Australia
The Conversation AU
Children representing the diversity of contemporary multicultural Australia stand near a sign depicting an 'idealised' white Australia. Blackwood Recreation Centre, South Australia, 2015. Photo: C. Smith ...



Nine free Australia Day activities - Herald Sun

Herald Sun

Nine free Australia Day activities
Herald Sun
Victoria's flag raising ceremony is followed by the vibrant Australia Day Parade and sees thousands of people line Swanston Street each year. Picture: Tony Gough. This ceremony marks the beginning of Victoria's official Australia Day celebrations. Once ...

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Australia plans biometric border control - BBC News

BBC News

Australia plans biometric border control
BBC News
The Australian government is planning to allow 90% of travellers to pass through passport control without human help by 2020. With a $100m (80m) budget, it has begun the search for technology companies that could provide biometric systems, such as ...
Australia details plan to replace passport stamping with biometric scansTechCrunch
The end of passports? How Australia plans to make travel documents obsolete by 2020Telegraph.co.uk
Australia wants to replace passports with facial recognition technologyFox News
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South Australians urged not to take a sickie after Australia Day by Business SA - ABC Online

ABC Online

South Australians urged not to take a sickie after Australia Day by Business SA
ABC Online
With tens of thousands of Australians expected to take a sickie after the Australia Day public holiday on Thursday, Business SA has pleaded with workers to consider the impact on their employer. Based on Australian Chamber of Commerce figures from ...
Employers brace for Australia Day sickiesNEWS.com.au

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Timor-Leste drops espionage claims against Australia in maritime border dispute - The Guardian

The Guardian

Timor-Leste drops espionage claims against Australia in maritime border dispute
The Guardian
The Timor-Leste government claimed the espionage gave Australia an unfair advantage in negotiations over the Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea (Cmats) treaty, which divides future revenue from the tens of billions of dollars worth of oil ...
East Timor drops its spying case against AustraliaABC Online

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Yachtie due in court over Australia voyage - dailytelegraph.com.au

Yachtie due in court over Australia voyage
dailytelegraph.com.au
A man charged with illegally taking his daughter out of New Zealand after the pair crossed the Tasman Sea in a yacht to Australia will appear in a NZ court on Wednesday. Alan Langdon, 49, and six-year-old Que spent a month on a six-metre catamaran, ...

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Autumn internationals 2017: Scotland host Samoa, New Zealand & Australia - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

Autumn internationals 2017: Scotland host Samoa, New Zealand & Australia
BBC Sport
Scotland will host reigning world champions New Zealand, Samoa and Australia in November's autumn internationals. The Pacific Islanders visit Edinburgh on the weekend of 11 November for what will be Gregor Townsend's first home fixture as head coach.

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