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Australia


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Commonwealth of Australia

        conventional short form:
        Australia

    • Digraph:
      AS

    • Type:
      federal parliamentary state

    • Capital:
      Canberra

    • Administrative divisions:
      6 states and 2 territories*; Australian Capital Territory*, New South Wales, Northern Territory*, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

    • Dependent areas:
      Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Coral Sea Islands, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Norfolk Island

    • Independence:
      1 January 1901 (federation of UK colonies)

    • National holiday:
      Australia Day, 26 January (1788)

    • Constitution:
      9 July 1900, effective 1 January 1901

    • Legal system:
      based on English common law; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations

    • Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal and compulsory

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state:
        Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor General William George HAYDEN (since 16 February 1989)

        head of government:
        Prime Minister Paul John KEATING (since 20 December 1991); Deputy Prime Minister Brian HOWE (since 4 June 1991)

        cabinet:
        Cabinet; prime minister selects his cabinet from members of the House and Senate

    • Legislative branch:
      bicameral Federal Parliament

        Senate:
        elections last held 13 March 1993 (next to be held by NA 1996); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (76 total) Liberal-National 36, Labor 30, Australian Democrats 7, Greens 2, independents 1

        House of Representatives:
        elections last held 13 March 1993 (next to be held by NA 1996); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (147 total) Labor 80, Liberal-National 65, independent 2

    • Judicial branch:
      High Court

    • Political parties and leaders:

        government:
        Australian Labor Party, Paul John KEATING

        opposition:
        Liberal Party, John HOWARD; National Party, Timothy FISCHER; Australian Democratic Party, Cheryl KERNOT; Green Party, leader NA

    • Other political or pressure groups:
      Australian Democratic Labor Party (anti-Communist Labor Party splinter group); Peace and Nuclear Disarmament Action (Nuclear Disarmament Party splinter group)

    • Member of:
      AfDB, AG (observer), ANZUS, APEC, AsDB, Australia Group, BIS, C, CCC, CP, EBRD, ESCAP, FAO, G- 8, GATT, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, INMARSAT, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, MINURSO, MTCR, NAM (guest), NEA, NSG, OECD, PCA, SPARTECA, SPC, SPF, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNFICYP, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNOSOM, UNTSO, UNU, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, ZC

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Donald Eric RUSSELL

        chancery:
        1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 797-3000

        FAX:
        [1] (202) 797-3168

        consulate(s) general:
        Atlanta, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Pago Pago (American Samoa), and San Francisco

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Edward J. PERKINS

        embassy:
        Moonah Place, Yarralumla, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2600

        mailing address:
        APO AP 96549

        telephone:
        [61] (6) 270-5000

        FAX:
        [61] (6) 270-5970

        consulate(s) general:
        Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney

        consulate(s):
        Brisbane

    • Flag:
      blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and a large seven-pointed star in the lower hoist-side quadrant; the remaining half is a representation of the Southern Cross constellation in white with one small five-pointed star and four, larger, seven-pointed stars






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