- About Australia.
- Coat of arms of Australia.
- Sydney Opera House.
Australia is a country in
the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland
of the Australian continent, the island
of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands
in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Neighbouring
countries include Indonesia, East Timor and
Papua New Guinea to the north, the
Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia
to the northeast and New Zealand to
- The climate of Australia is significantly influenced by ocean currents, including the Indian Ocean Dipole and the El Nino-Southern Oscillation, which is correlated with periodic drought, and the seasonal tropical low pressure system that produces cyclones in northern Australia.These factors induce rainfall to vary markedly from year to year. Much of the northern part of the country has a tropical predominantly summer rainfall (monsoon) climate.Just under three quarters of Australia lies within a desert or semi-arid zone.The southwest corner of the state has a Mediterranean climate.Much of the southeast (including Tasmania) is temperate.
- Australia is a constitutional monarchy with a federal division of powers. It uses a parliamentary system of government with Queen Elizabeth II at its apex as the Queen of Australia, a role that is distinct from her position as monarch of the other Commonwealth realms. As the Queen resides in the United Kingdom, the executive powers vested in her by the Constitution are normally exercised by her viceroys in Australia (the Governor-General at the federal level and by the Governors at the state level), who by convention act on the advice of her Ministers.
- Parliament House, Canberra was opened in 1988, replacing the provisional Parliament House building opened in 1927
- Canberra is the capital city of Australia.
- population of over 345,000.
- As the city has a high proportion of public servants, the federal government contributes the largest percentage of Gross State Product and is the largest single employer in Canberra. As the seat of government, the unemployment rate is lower and the average income higher than the national average, while property prices are relatively high, in part due to comparatively restricted development regulations. Tertiary education levels are higher, while the population is younger.
- The flag of Australia is a defaced Blue Ensign: a blue field with the Union Flag in the canton (upper hoist quarter), and a large white seven-pointed star known as the Commonwealth Star in the lower hoist quarter. The fly contains a representation of the Southern Cross constellation, made up of five white stars – one small five-pointed star and four, larger, seven-pointed stars.
Author: Ian Fieggen
Coat of arms of Australia
Armiger: Elizabeth II, Queen of
Crest: Commonwealth Star
Torse: blue and gold
Escutcheon: Symbols of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South
Australia, Western Australia, and Tasmania
Supporters: Red Kangaroo and Emu
Motto English: AUSTRALIA
- Kylie Ann Minogue (born 28 May 1968) is an Australian pop singer, songwriter, and actress. After beginning her career as a child actress on Australian television, she achieved recognition through her role in the television soap opera Neighbours, before commencing her career as a recording artist in 1987. Her first single, "Locomotion", spent seven weeks at number one on the Australian singles chart and became the highest selling single of the decade.
- Julian Dana William McMahon (born 27 July 1968) is an Australian actor and former fashion model. He is best known for his portrayals of Cole Turner in The WB hit series Charmed, womanizing plastic surgeon Christian Troy on the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning TV show Nip/Tuck, and Doctor Doom/Victor von Doom in Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
- Angus McKinnon Young (born 31 March 1955) is a Scottish-born Australian musician, and the lead guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of the rock and roll band AC/DC. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with other members of AC/DC in 2003 and is known for his energetic performances, schoolboy-uniform stage outfits and the duck walk which is a type of dance he performs onstage.
Sydney Opera House.
- is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, who, in 2003, received the Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest honour.
- was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007. It is one of the 20th century's most distinctive buildings and one of the most famous performing arts centres in the world.