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7 Australia Today

  1. 1. Australia Today<br />
  2. 2. Australia the Country<br />Australia is officially named the Commonwealth of Australia.<br />Australia, the country, is made up of the continent mainland, the island Tasmania, and numerous other islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.<br />Neighboring countries <br />include Indonesia, Papua <br />New Guinea, Vanuatu, and <br />New Zealand.<br />
  3. 3. It remains a part of the Commonwealth realm.<br />It has a democratic government (constitutional monarchy).<br />Queen Elizabeth II is the monarch.<br />Kevin Rudd is the prime minister.<br />Australia’s Government<br />
  4. 4. Australia’s People<br />It is a multicultural country.<br />Australia is a country of immigrants.<br />90% of Australians are of British or Irish descent (mostly convict).<br />Since the abolishment of the White Australia policy of the 1970s, immigration from Asia and elsewhere has been encouraged.<br />As a result, Australia’s demography, culture, and self-image have been transformed.<br />Also, a large number of Australians live outside their home country.<br />
  5. 5. Aborigines suffer from higher rates of imprisonment and unemployment.<br />Aborigines suffer from lower levels of education.<br />Life expectancies for males and females is 17 years lower than those on non-indigenous Australians.<br />Australia’s Aborigines<br />
  6. 6. Australia’s foreign relations are driven by a close relationship with the United States, its status as a British commonwealth, and its proximity to Asia.<br />It is a founding member of the United Nations<br />Australia and the World<br />
  7. 7. Australia’s Culture<br />Language <br />English is the national language.<br />It is spoken by 80% of the country’s population.<br />Religion<br />Australia has no state religion.<br />64% of Australians list Christianity as their religion (26% of that are Roman Catholic).<br />Surveys have found Australia to be one of the least devout nations in the developed world.<br />Education<br />The adult literacy rate is 99%.<br />One result of the high literacy<br /> is that Australia enjoys one of<br /> the highest standards of living!<br />Australia’s education is ranked 8th<br />in the world (the United States is 9th).<br />
  8. 8. Australia’s Culture<br />Sports<br />23.5% of Australians over the age of 15 regularly participate in organized sports.<br />Australia has strong international teams in cricket, field hockey, rugby, cycling, rowing, sailing, and swimming.<br />Famous Australian swimmers include <br />Dawn Frasier and Ian Thorpe.<br />Australia has participated in every <br />summer Olympic Games since 1896.<br />It hosted the 1856 Summer Olympics in <br />Melbourne.<br />It hosted the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.<br />It has ranked in the top 6 medal-takers since <br />2000.<br />

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