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Australia British & World English

An island country and continent of the southern hemisphere, in the SW Pacific, a member state of the Commonwealth; population 21,262,600 (est. 2009); official language, English; capital, Canberra

Australia Day British & World English

A national public holiday in Australia, commemorating the founding on 26 January 1788 of the colony of New South Wales

South Australia British & World English

A state comprising the central southern part of Australia; population 1,603,361 (2008); capital, Adelaide. Constituted as a semi-independent colony in 1836, it became a Crown Colony in 1841 and was federated with the other states of Australia in 1901

South Australia New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

state of central southern Australia

Western Australia British & World English

A state comprising the western part of Australia; population 2,171,197 (2008); capital, Perth. It was colonized by the British in 1826, and was federated with the other states of Australia in 1901

Order of Australia British & World English

An order instituted in 1975 to honour Australians for outstanding achievement and divided into four classes: Companion (AC), Officer (AO), Member (AM), and Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). A fifth class of Knight or Dame, above Companion, was abolished in 1986

Advance Australia Fair British & World English

The national anthem of Australia, composed circa 1878 by P. D. McCormick (circa 1834–1916), a Scot, under the pen name ‘Amicus’. It officially replaced ‘God Save the Queen’ in 1984

Liberal Party of Australia British & World English

An Australian political party established in its modern form by Robert Menzies in 1944, in opposition to the Australian Labor Party. It first gained power in 1949


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