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Australia, Ecuador, Mongolia, Portugal, Tanzania
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Education, Human Rights
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Education, Poverty, Religion, Clean Water, Economy, Government, Health, Children/Youth, Environment, Family, Human Rights
PWI Foundation supports nonprofits by helping them raise funds, gain supporters, and grow their organizations.

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Australia , Brazil , China , France , Germany , Honduras , Hong Kong , Italy , Russia , South Africa ...See More Countries , Spain , Switzerland , United States of America Show Less Countries
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Children/Youth
ICMEC identifies gaps in the global community’s ability to properly protect children from abduction, exploitation and abuse and expertly assembles the people, resources and tools needed to fill those gaps.

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Australia, Canada, United States of America
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Health
The Awakenings Project works to raise public awareness and acceptance of the creative talents of people living with psychiatric disorders who work in the fields of fine art, music, literature, and drama.
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Environment
Australiaâ's environment is very vulnerable to variations in climates and the introduction of invasive plants and animals.1 As a result of climate change, the temperate zones and coastal regions have had their biodiversity drastically altered.2 Deforestation and overgrazing are contributing to the increase in desertification and the destruction of animalsâ' natural habitats.3 Water scarcity is becoming an issue for Australia.4 In a recent study done by the United Nations, Australia was ranked with a high human development score and an extremely low score for climate change progress.5 There have not been adequate measures taken to ensure progress in climate change legislation.6

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1http://wwf.panda.org/who_we_are/wwf_offices/australia/environmental_problems_in_australia/
2 Ibid
3 Ibid
4 Ibid
5http://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2014/jul/28/un-scores-australia-high-for-quality-of-life-but-low-on-climate-change-progress
6 Ibid
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Australia News

cricket.com.au 
"We're extremely grateful to the support received from the Northern Territory Government and NT Cricket for assisting in facilitating this camp ahead of our Test tour of Bangladesh," Cricket Australia's team performance manager Pat Howard said. "Darwin ... See more..
New York Times 
SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian government said on Friday that it would send spy planes to help the Philippine armed forces who are fighting to recapture the southern city of Marawi, where the military is battling militants for control. Extremists ... See more..
ABC Online 
Retired US General and former director of the CIA David Petraeus says Australia needs to "be firm" with China, urging the nation to take part in freedom of navigation exercises in the South China Sea. Addressing a Liberal Party gala dinner in Sydney ... See more..
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ABC Online 
Italian authorities have arrested a member of the powerful mafia group known as the 'Ndrangheta at Rome's international airport after being tipped off that he had departed Australia. Bruno Crisafi booked a one-way ticket from Perth, where it is alleged ... See more..
ABC Online 
Fallen education giant Careers Australia could have been trading insolvent for up to six months before it collapsed, according to a new report by voluntary ... See more..
New York Times 
In downtown Sydney, opposite the Reserve Bank of Australia, the needy and outraged gather in an unsanctioned shelter to sleep, cook, read and question ... See more..
Telegraph.co.uk 
Darren Simpson, who at 21 became Britain's youngest ever Young Chef of the Year and has been a television chef and food writer, has died in Australia, his family said on Friday. Northern Ireland-born Simpson worked at multiple restaurants in London, ... See more..
BBC News 
Hackers behind the infamous WannaCry virus have inadvertently helped speeding Australian drivers avoid costly speeding fines. Fifty five traffic cameras, most in inner-city Melbourne, were infected by the ransomware. A maintenance worker unknowingly ... See more..
The Guardian (blog) 
Sami Shah: 'I can prove there's no single monolithic “Muslim” who needs to be feared and driven out. Rather, there are many types of Muslims with various beliefs – and while some of these may be problematic, most Muslims are just trying to lead ... See more..
BBC Sport 
Australia cricket players' union has rejected a revised pay offer from Cricket Australia, as the possibility of future matches being affected grows. The governing body said it would offer a greater share of surpluses for domestic players, as well as ... See more..
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Geography

Oceania, continent between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean
Area

Total 7,741,220 sq km
Land 7,682,300 sq km
Water 58,920 sq km

***NOTE*** includes Lord Howe Island and Macquarie Island
Climate

generally arid to semiarid; temperate in south and east; tropical in north
Natural Resources

bauxite, coal, iron ore, copper, tin, gold, silver, uranium, nickel, tungsten, rare earth elements, mineral sands, lead, zinc, diamonds, natural gas, petroleum ;

***NOTE*** Australia is the world's largest net exporter of coal accounting for 29% of global coal exports
Natural Hazards

cyclones along the coast; severe droughts; forest fires

volcanism: volcanic activity on Heard and McDonald Islands volcanic activity on Heard and McDonald Islands
Current Environmental Issues

soil erosion from overgrazing, industrial development, urbanization, and poor farming practices; soil salinity rising due to the use of poor quality water; desertification; clearing for agricultural purposes threatens the natural habitat of many unique animal and plant species; the Great Barrier Reef off the northeast coast, the largest coral reef in the world, is threatened by increased shipping and its popularity as a tourist site; limited natural freshwater resources

Demographics

Nationality
Australian
Population
22,262,501 (July 2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups
Languages
Religions

Finances

The Australian economy has experienced continuous growth and features low unemployment, contained inflation, very low public debt, and a strong and stable financial system. By 2012, Australia had experienced more than 20 years of continued economic growth, averaging 3.5% a year. Demand for resources and energy from Asia and especially China has grown rapidly, creating a channel for resources investments and growth in commodity exports. The high Australian dollar has hurt the manufacturing sector, while the services sector is the largest part of the Australian economy, accounting for about 70% of GDP and 75% of jobs. Australia was comparatively unaffected ...See More by the global financial crisis as the banking system has remained strong and inflation is under control. Australia has benefited from a dramatic surge in its terms of trade in recent years, stemming from rising global commodity prices. Australia is a significant exporter of natural resources, energy, and food. Australia's abundant and diverse natural resources attract high levels of foreign investment and include extensive reserves of coal, iron, copper, gold, natural gas, uranium, and renewable energy sources. A series of major investments, such as the US$40 billion Gorgon Liquid Natural Gas project, will significantly expand the resources sector. Australia is an open market with minimal restrictions on imports of goods and services. The process of opening up has increased productivity, stimulated growth, and made the economy more flexible and dynamic. Australia plays an active role in the World Trade Organization, APEC, the G20, and other trade forums. Australia has bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) with Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, and the US, has a regional FTA with ASEAN and New Zealand, is negotiating agreements with China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, as well as with its Pacific neighbors and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and is also working on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement with Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the US, and Vietnam. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$986.7 billion (2012 est.); $952.6 billion (2011 est.); $930 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

25.2% of GDP (2012 est.); 25.1% of GDP (2011 est.); 24% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

wheat, barley, sugarcane, fruits; cattle, sheep, poultry
Industries

mining, industrial and transportation equipment, food processing, chemicals, steel