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    Norfolk Island Government - 2003

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

      Dependency status: territory of Australia; Canberra administers Commonwealth responsibilities on Norfolk Island through the Department of Environment, Sport, and Territories

      Government type: NA

      Capital: Kingston

      Administrative divisions: none (territory of Australia)

      Independence: none (territory of Australia)

      National holiday: Pitcairners Arrival Day, 8 June (1856)

      Constitution: Norfolk Island Act of 1979

      Legal system: based on the laws of Australia, local ordinances and acts; English common law applies in matters not covered by either Australian or Norfolk Island law

      Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch: chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); the UK and Australia are represented by Administrator Anthony J. MESSNER (since 4 August 1997)
      election results: Geoffrey Robert GARDNER elected chief minister; percent of Legislative Assembly vote - NA%
      elections: the monarch is hereditary; administrator appointed by the governor general of Australia; chief minister elected by the Legislative Assembly for a term of not more than three years; election last held 29 November 2001 (next to be held by December 2004)
      head of government: Assembly President and Chief Minister Geoffrey Robert GARDNER (since 5 December 2001)
      cabinet: Executive Council is made up of four of the nine members of the Legislative Assembly; the council devises government policy and acts as an advisor to the administrator

      Legislative branch: unicameral Legislative Assembly (9 seats; members elected by electors who have nine equal votes each but only four votes can be given to any one candidate; members serve three-year terms)
      elections: last held 29 November 2001 (next to be held by December 2004)
      election results: percent of vote - NA%; seats - independents 9

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court; Court of Petty Sessions

      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: three vertical bands of green (hoist side), white, and green with a large green Norfolk Island pine tree centered in the slightly wider white band

      NOTE: The information regarding Norfolk 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 Norfolk Island Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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