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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.

Locations
Australia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, UK, United States of America
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Health
Through the provision of imperative, relevant and practical equipment, services and experiences Variety – the Children’s Charity and its supporters serve children who may fall through the cracks of government funding or other aid.

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Human Rights
Modeled on Vietnam Vets Against the War, LEAP brings unquestionable credibility and first hand experience to its critique of our drug policies to wide audiences. Find out why Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow said, "Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a singular organization whose credibility and experience provide ...See More one of the strongest voices against the War on Drugs anywhere in the world." Show Less
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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

Formula 1 
It's autumn in Australia, so the late afternoon start time means the drivers often have to cope with a low sun shining in their eyes. Note, too, the number of safety-car appearances - something which could have a key impact on strategy in Sunday's race. See more..
BBC Sport 
Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two in first practice as a new era of Formula 1 started in familiar fashion at the Australian Grand Prix. The talk before the weekend in Melbourne had been about the step forward made by Ferrari over the winter but ... See more..
The Guardian 
The beef deal, which expands chilled meat market access from eleven exporters to all eligible Australian exporters, was one of a number of bilateral measures agreed between Li and the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, after talks between the ... See more..
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The Sydney Morning Herald 
DHARAMSALA: On a rooftop terrace at a restaurant in Dharamsala's McLeod Ganj, Virat Kohli is dining on trout and momos with the entire Team India squad, support staff and all. In the Main Square below, some 30 security staff and police are doing their ... See more..
IGN 
By Luke Reilly Update: IGN has been advised by the Australian Classification Board that, at the request of Outlast II's Australian distributor, it will not be providing Board's report on its decision until March 25. The Board also explained that “it is ... See more..
The Sydney Morning Herald 
Pauline Hanson has compared Islam to a disease Australians need to vaccinate themselves against, a comment described by the Deputy Prime Minister as "bat poo crazy". The Queensland senator, who was forced into a rare apology earlier this month, after ... See more..
NEWS.com.au 
Australia Post executive general manager of parcels Bob Black said the tracking system will aim to improve the traceability of food products, reduce the risk of fraud, protect Australia's reputation as a trusted exporter of high-quality food, and ... See more..
Herald Sun 
Australia's biggest bank has joined National Australia Bank and Westpac in hiking rates for owner occupiers. The CBA has announced it will increase variable home loan rates by 0.03 of a percentage point for owner occupiers who make principal and ... See more..
Bloomberg 
Australia's nascent cannabis sector is a sliver compared to the U.S., where more than half of states have legalized medical uses of the plant. While that allows plenty of room for growth, companies with unproven business models and patchy cash flows ... See more..
NEWS.com.au 
Of more than 30 self-test urine pregnancy test kits on the market, 14 have ceased sale or been recalled across Australia. The crackdown was prompted after a report of three false negative results using the One Step HCG urine pregnancy test from a ... 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
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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