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    Christmas Island Government - 2003

      Country name: conventional long form: Territory of Christmas Island
      conventional short form: Christmas Island

      Dependency status: territory of Australia; administered by the Australian Department of Transport and Regional Services

      Government type: NA

      Capital: The Settlement

      Administrative divisions: none (territory of Australia)

      Independence: none (territory of Australia)

      National holiday: NA

      Constitution: NA

      Legal system: under the authority of the governor general of Australia and Australian law

      Executive branch: chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by the Australian governor general
      head of government: Administrator William Leonard TAYLOR (since 4 February 1999)
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; administrator appointed by the governor general of Australia and represents the monarch and Australia

      Legislative branch: unicameral Christmas Island Shire Council (9 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve one-year terms)
      election results: percent of vote - NA%; seats - independents 9
      elections: last held NA December 2002 (next to be held NA December 2003)

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court; District Court; Magistrate's Court

      Political parties and leaders: none

      Political pressure groups and leaders: none

      International organization participation: none

      Diplomatic representation in the US: none (territory of Australia)

      Diplomatic representation from the US: none (territory of Australia)

      Flag description: the flag of Australia is used; note - in early 1986, the Christmas Island Assembly held a design competition for an island flag, however, the winning design has never been formally adopted as the official flag of the territory

      NOTE: The information regarding Christmas Island on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Christmas Island Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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