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The Commonwealth of Australia is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the world's smallest continent and a number of islands in the Southern, Indian and Pacific Oceans. Australia's neighbouring countries are Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east, and New Zealand to the south-east.
The continent of Australia has been inhabited for more than 42,000 years by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. After sporadic visits by European explorers and merchants from the 17th century onwards, the eastern half of the continent was claimed by the British in 1770, and officially settled as the penal colony of New South Wales on 26 January 1788. As the population grew and new areas were explored, another five largely self-governing Crown Colonies were successively established over the course of the 19th century.
On 1 January 1901, the six colonies federated and the Commonwealth of Australia was formed. Since federation, Australia has maintained a stable liberal democratic political system and remains a Commonwealth Realm. The current population of around 21 million is concentrated mainly in the coastal cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
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Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:36:22 -0700
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Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:46:47 -0700
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Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:12:43 -0700
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Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:45:12 -0700
They have got a very good team...their batting looks good on paper and it is...but they lack technique and consistency....they should learn from india....if you look at their batting watson is a complete player..2.hughes,wade,warner lack technique ...
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:04:00 -0700
... Vassil Malandris. Australia's auto industry troubles may flow on to the next generation of job seekers, as the South Australian town of Elizabeth already knows, with the country's second highest youth unemployment rate and deep pockets of disadvantage.
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:51:07 -0700
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Afghan authorities will lay charges against officials at a prison run by the country's internal security service, Australia said on Wednesday, just weeks after Canberra blocked prisoner transfers over fears of detainee mistreatment.
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:03:11 -0700
SYDNEY (AP) — Having everything to play for on Tuesday, Australia, Iran and South Korea all secured berths at the 2014 World Cup on a dramatic final day of Asian qualifying. They join Japan which was the first nation to qualify. Australia beat Iraq 1 ...
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Wed, 19 Jun 2013 03:00:56 -0700
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