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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Morning mail: Australia's carbon emissions reach record levels - The Guardian

The Guardian

Morning mail: Australia's carbon emissions reach record levels
The Guardian
Australia's emissions over the past year were the highest on record, when relatively unreliable emissions from land use are excluded, according to estimates by the carbon consultancy NDEVR Environmental. The latest quarter showed the second highest ...
Australia Hits Worst Greenhouse Gas Emissions on RecordGizmodo

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HWL finals: Australia's reign continues; India wins bronze - The Hindu

The Hindu

HWL finals: Australia's reign continues; India wins bronze
The Hindu
World champion Australia beat Olympic champion Argentina 2-1 to win the battle of champions and retain the title in the Hockey World League Final at the Kalinga Stadium here on Sunday. Earlier, India beat Germany by a similar margin and salvaged some ...
Hockey World League final: Australia beat Argentina to retain titleThe Australian
Hockey World League Final: Australia retain title with victory over ArgentinaBBC Sport

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Australia Diary: Claim Your Onions - New York Times

New York Times

Australia Diary: Claim Your Onions
New York Times
Recently, I was on a morning peak hour train in Melbourne, and there was a tall, middle-aged woman sitting down on one of the disabled seats, with a young man in front of her standing up (they didn't know each other). After some pointed observation ...



Nationwide heatwave kicks off as summer finally arrives in Australia - 9news.com.au

9news.com.au

Nationwide heatwave kicks off as summer finally arrives in Australia
9news.com.au
Australians should prepare to swelter with every capital city set to have at least one day in the high 30s this week. The nationwide heatwave comes as a “hot air mass” moves across the country, Weatherzone meteorologist Craig McIntosh told 9news.com.au ...
Toowoomba to swelter with Australia facing heatwaveToowoomba Chronicle
Time to get the shorts out! Intense heatwave to see temperatures soar to a scorching 43C as summer FINALLY arrives ...Daily Mail
'Severe heatwave' warning with temperatures in capitals set to soar to more than 30C this weekNEWS.com.au

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Magpie wins Australian bird of the year poll – as it happened - The Guardian

The Guardian

Magpie wins Australian bird of the year poll – as it happened
The Guardian
There is a magpie carolling outside my window, calling time on our live coverage of the 2017 Australian bird of the year vote. Thank you so much for your enthusiastic campaigning for our avian friends. We really do have an astonishing variety of birds ...

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Delays causing needless exposure to dangerous toxins in Australia, advocates say - The Guardian

The Guardian

Delays causing needless exposure to dangerous toxins in Australia, advocates say
The Guardian
But Environmental Justice Australia has warned the process has become mired in delay. It said it had only just found out that consultations were starting. The review involves nine governments, led by Victoria, and is now not expected to be finalised ...



A 23-year-old woman from Wales has died in Australia after suffering from heart condition - WalesOnline

WalesOnline

A 23-year-old woman from Wales has died in Australia after suffering from heart condition
WalesOnline
A 23-year-old woman from Wales has died in Australia after suffering from heart condition. Thousands of pounds have been raised to go towards funeral costs. Share. By. Anna Lewis. 22:07, 10 DEC 2017; Updated 22:13, 10 DEC 2017. News. Enter your ...
Cardiff woman dies on 'trip of lifetime' to AustraliaBBC News

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Analysts forecast Australia's resource industry resurgence will kick into higher gear next year - Courier Mail

Courier Mail

Analysts forecast Australia's resource industry resurgence will kick into higher gear next year
Courier Mail
Forecasters BIS Oxford Economics said the revival of the sector augers will for exports and the broader Australian economy. In its Mining in Australia 2017 to 2032 report, BIS says exploration, production, and maintenance are all expected to lift ...

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Perth couple poised to become first in Australia to file for same-sex divorce - ABC Online

ABC Online

Perth couple poised to become first in Australia to file for same-sex divorce
ABC Online
New same-sex marriage legislation came into effect on the weekend, prompting a rush of couples heading to registry offices around the country to file their intention to marry. But in Perth, lawyers were lodging documents of a different kind, on behalf ...
Perth women to become Australia's first same-sex couple to divorceNEWS.com.au

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Australia to review Iraq deployment amid calls to end RAAF's bombing mission - ABC Online

ABC Online

Australia to review Iraq deployment amid calls to end RAAF's bombing mission
ABC Online
Defence Minister Marise Payne said the Government would review and discuss Australia's future military commitment in Iraq with coalition partners and with Baghdad. "We'll do that in coming days and weeks and ensure whatever decision we take is the ...

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