Background: Aboriginal settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia about 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession in the name of Great Britain. Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop its agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the British effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has transformed itself into an internationally competitive, advanced market economy. It boasted one of the OECD's fastest growing economies during the 1990's, a performance due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980's. Long-term concerns include pollution, particularly depletion of the ozone layer, and management and conservation of coastal areas, especially the Great Barrier Reef.
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- February 5th 2012 The time is now
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- February 14th 2011 One big family in Sydney
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- March 7th 2008 Olivia Mae Fuller makes an appearance
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- February 29th 2008 Settling in Sydney
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- May 5th 2007 Sightseeing with Dad and Aunt Christine
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- April 30th 2007 Messing About On The River
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- April 28th 2007 Our Housewarming Bash
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