What is Australia?

  • (noun): The smallest continent; between the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Australia

Australia (i/əˈstreɪljə/ ə-STRAYL-yə or /ɒˈstreɪlɪə/ or /ɒˈstreɪljə/ o-STRAYL-yə), 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.

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Father Of The House - Australia
... In Australia, the current member of the House of Representatives with the longest period of continuous service, whether a Minister or not, is known as "Father of the House" ... the Father of the House and the Father of the Senate in Australia have no parliamentary role at all ...
Prime Minister Of Australia
... The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia is the highest minister of the Crown, leader of the Cabinet and head of government, holding office on commission from the Governor-General of Australia ... The office of Prime Minister is, in practice, the most powerful political office in Australia ... apex of executive government in the country, the office is not mentioned in the Constitution of Australia specifically and exists through an unwritten political convention ...
Natasha Stott Despoja - Career - Retirement From Parliament
... She is a regular commentator on the Australia business news website Business Spectator ... Despoja is a board member of non-profit organisations Burnet Institute (Australia's largest virology and communicable disease research institute) and beyondblue (Australia's national depression initiative) ... On 13 June 2011, Stott Despoja was named a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia, particularly as a Senator for South Australia, through ...
Foreign Relations Of Turkey - Pacific - Australia
... Australia has an embassy in Ankara since 1968, a consulate-general in Istanbul and a consulate in Çanakkale ... The first encounter of Turkey and Australia was on the battlefields of Çanakkale, the scene was that of a fierce one, but at the same time, a gentlemanly war ...
Geography Of New Caledonia - Zealandian Origin
... While they were still one landmass, Zealandia and Australia combined broke away from Antarctica between 85 and 130 million years ago ... Australia and Zealandia split apart 60–85 million years ago ... While a continent like Australia consists of a large body of land surrounded by a fringe of continental shelf, Zealandia consists almost entirely of ...

More definitions 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.
    Synonyms: Commonwealth of Australia

Famous quotes containing the word australia:

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    Alex Atkinson, British humor writer. repr. In Present Laughter, ed. Alan Coren (1982)

    I like Australia less and less. The hateful newness, the democratic conceit, every man a little pope of perfection.
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