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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- April 21st 2008 Another A'maze'ing day at the Dandenongs
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- April 4th 2008 On to Australia
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- April 27th 2006 Two sleeps
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- April 26th 2006 Tying up loose ends
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- February 24th 2006 The Blue Dandenongs
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- February 24th 2006 Ten Days Down Under.
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- February 20th 2006 Up and Away!
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- January 9th 2006 180 degrees of light
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- December 31st 2005 Dandenong Ranges: Sassafras
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