Economy - overview: Australia has a prosperous
Western-style capitalist economy, with a per capita GDP at the level of the
four dominant West European economies. Rich in natural resources, Australia is
a major exporter of agricultural products, minerals, metals, and fossil fuels.
Commodities account for 57% of the value of total exports, so that a downturn
in world commodity prices can have a big impact on the economy. The government
is pushing for increased exports of manufactured goods, but competition in
international markets continues to be severe. While Australia has suffered
from the low growth and high unemployment characterizing the OECD countries in
the early 1990s and during the recent financial problems in East Asia, the
economy has expanded at a solid 4% annual growth pace in the last five years.
Canberra's emphasis on reforms is a key factor behind the economy's resilience
to the regional crisis and its stronger than expected growth rate. Growth in
2000 will depend on key international commodity prices, the extent of recovery
in nearby Asian economies, and the strength of US and European markets. Information supplied
by The CIA
- Australian Parliament
The home page of the Australian Parliament offers pictures and
biographies of its its senators and representatives, contact
information, a legislative calendar and brief descriptions of the bills
currently before both houses of Parliament.
Senate Links to Australian Senate committees, publications, a
contact directory and related links.
- Australia's Northern
Territory Search or follow the menus to the Northern Territory's
agencies and related organizations. Also find legislation, weather and
- Commonwealth Government
Departments and Agencies Links to Web servers from more than 100
Australian government agencies.
- Department of
Premier and Cabinet -- Tasmania A guide to Tasmanian government and
political resources are featured at this site.
- Australia National Parks. Select a state to access a list of its
natural parks. Includes highlights, activities and timeline visiting
- National Library of
Australia Details of the library, including collections and
services, with links to most of the libraries in Australia.
of National Tourism A Government body responsible for administering
tourism policies. Examine the travelers' advice and publications.
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Comprehensive listing of Australian businesses. Find or list a business
Promoting Australian business on-line.
- Qantas Airways
Australia's main international carrier provides details about all
aspects of air travel. Links to the North American site.
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News Network Top news stories from Australia's leading newspapers
updated every day.
- Australian Sport
Wide Web This site has information on Australian sports, international
sports, different athletic topics, and a link to the National Sport
Australia News This site provides a shortcut to Australian news
sources by linking to more than 10 online Australian newspapers,
magazines, radio and TV stations, including The Melbourne Age, ABC and
- Australian Net
Guide The Australian Net Guide is your online resource for the
latest in technology news from Down Under.
The weather for every corner of Australia. Satellite pictures and
weather forecasts for all major cities in every state.
Search engine based in Australia with worldwide links
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a Sunburned Country
by Bill Bryson
most rewarding travel literature, funny and
entertaining account of his trip to Australia
Culture Shock!: Australia
by Ilsa Sharp
Part of the useful series on culture shock, a good
introduction and a well presented series for a first impression of another
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