Australia, Commonwealth of Australia(noun)
a nation occupying the whole of the Australian continent; Aboriginal tribes are thought to have migrated from southeastern Asia 20,000 years ago; first Europeans were British convicts sent there as a penal colony
the smallest continent; between the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean
A country in Oceania. Official name: Commonwealth of Australia.
The continent of Australia-New Guinea. New Guinea and the intervening islands are also on the Australian tectonic plate and are thus geologically considered part of the continent.
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries include 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. For at least 40,000 years before the first British settlement in the late 18th century, Australia was inhabited by indigenous Australians, who belonged to one or more of roughly 250 language groups. After discovery by Dutch explorers in 1606, Australia's eastern half was claimed by Great Britain in 1770 and settled through penal transportation to the colony of New South Wales from 26 January 1788. The population grew steadily in subsequent decades; the continent was explored and an additional five self-governing Crown Colonies were established. On 1 January 1901, the six colonies federated, forming the Commonwealth of Australia. Since Federation, Australia has maintained a stable liberal democratic political system that functions as a federal parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. The federation comprises six states and several territories. The population of 23 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated in the eastern states.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a continent entirely within the Southern Hemisphere, about one-fourth smaller than Europe, its utmost length from E. to W. being 2400 m., and breadth 1971; the coast has singularly few inlets, though many and spacious harbours, only one great gulf, Carpentaria, on the N., and one bight, the Great Australian Bight, on the S.; the interior consists of a low desert plateau, depressed in the centre, bordered with ranges of various elevation, between which and the sea is a varying breadth of coast-land; the chief mountain range is in the E., and extends more or less parallel all the way with the E. coast; the rivers are few, and either in flood or dried up, for the climate is very parching, only one river, the Murray, 2345 m. long, of any consequence, while the lakes, which are numerous, are shallow and nearly all salt; the flora is peculiar, the eucalyptus and the acacia the most characteristic, grains, fruits, and edible roots being all imported; the fauna is no less peculiar, including, in the absence of many animals of other countries, the kangaroo, the dingo, and the duck-bill, the useful animals being likewise all imported; of birds, the cassowary and the emu, and smaller ones of great beauty, but songless; minerals abound, both the precious and the useful; the natives are disappearing, the colonists in 1904 numbering close upon 4,000,000; and the territory divided into Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, S. Australia, and W. Australia, which with Tasmania federated in 1900 and became the Commonwealth.
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The smallest continent and an independent country, comprising six states and two territories. Its capital is Canberra.
Etymology and Origins
From the Latin Australis, southern.
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The numerical value of Australia in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of Australia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Tripling aviation capacity from China into Australia over the next two years will ensure we are well placed to capture this growth.
I say to those who are delaying action on climate change: look at the blood-red sky and unbreathable air in Australia because of raging forest fires.
I really miss Australia. I miss eating fish ‘n chips, oh my God, and Australian pies and the wonderful corner shops. I miss good surf where there are three or four people, as opposed to LA where there’s 30 or 40. I see living here for now as a means to an end. It’s a time in our life where we have to live here and hopefully we’ll shift back to Australia, but we’re not locked in either way. Maybe it’s to my detriment but I’ve never looked further ahead than a year and a half. But the girls have had have a wonderful upbringing in terms of being able to move around. Their passports are hilarious in terms of where they’ve been, the older ones are holding onto their Australian accents but my youngest daughter in particular is very American. She’s really entrenched and I actually find it really hilarious, really cute.
The recommendation of our competitive evaluation process ... was unequivocal that the French offer represented the capabilities best able to meet Australia's unique needs.
( Kiyoshi Ota/Pool Photo via AP, File) Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Zhaos tweet was utterly outrageous and a terrible slur against Australias military. It is truly repugnant. It is deeply offensive to every Australian, every Australian who has served in that uniform, he told reporters in Canberra. The Chinese government should be totally ashamed of this post. The Chinese government diminishes them in the worlds eyes. CHINESE STUDENTS IN AUSTRALIA FALL VICTIM TO VIRTUAL KIDNAPPING SCAMS : Prime Minister Scott Morrison said The Chinese government had contacted Twitter asking it to take the post down. The post had a warning tag on it by Monday afternoon but could still be viewed. Zhaos account comes with a Twitter label stating that its a Chinese government account. Despite China blocking Twitter and other U.S. social media platforms within the county, Chinese diplomats and state media have established a strong presence on them. Zhao Lijian was criticized by the U.S. in March after tweeting a conspiracy theory that U.S. soldiers may have brought the coronavirus to China. Zhao Lijian is considered a leading representative of Chinas high-pitched new strain of assertive foreign relations. Prime Minister Scott Morrison acknowledged there were tensions between China and Australia. But this is not how you deal with them.
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