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The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef (over 2000 km long), Australia is the world's smallest, flattest, and driest inhabited continent, Voting in state, territory and federal elections is mandatory for all enrolled citizens that are 18 years and older. Enrollement to vote is compulsory except in South Australia, Western Australia is home to Mount Augustus, considered to be the world's largest monlith, Most of Australia is covered in desert of simi-arid lands referred to as the outback

  Australia Facts & Figures
Latitude and Longitude 23º 00' S, 134º 00' E
Area 7,686,900 Km2 km2
Capital Canberra
Time Zone UTC+8 to +10.5
Official Name Commonwealth of Australia
Currency Australian Dollar (AUD)
Government Parliamentary Monarchy
Legislature Bicameral
Population 21,007,310
Independence Date Jan 1, 1901
International Dialing Code 61
ISO Code alpha-3 AU
ISO Code alpha-2 AUS
GDP per Capita (PPP) $39,300
Climate Type Arid, Semi-arid, Temperate and Tropical
Major Language(s) Arabic, Australian Aboriginal Languages, Cantonese, Chinese, English, Greek, Italian
Major Ethnic Groups Australian, Australian aboriginal, English
Major Religious Groups Aboriginal indigenous beliefs, Christian (Catholic, Anglican)
Administrative Divisions 6 States and 2 Territories: Australian Capital territory, Northern Territory; External Territories: Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Christmas Island, Cocos Keeling Islands, Coral Sea Islands, Heard Islan
Neighbouring Countries N.A. (Island)
Major Industries Mining, Food processing, Timber products, Chemical, Iron and Steel, Industrial manufacturing
Natural Resources Bauxite, Coal, Copper, Gold, Iron ore, Lead, Natural gas, Nickel, Oil, Tungsten, Uranium, Zinc