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 8th 2014 Grant and Rae's Oz Trip Feb/Mar 2014
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- February 5th 2014 Grant and Rae's Oz Trip Feb/Mar 2014
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- December 28th 2013 Brisbane & Perth
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- October 20th 2013 Visit to King's Park in Perth
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- October 7th 2013 And so it begins...
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- August 8th 2013 The city from a distance.
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- May 6th 2013 Perth-Darwin, 4000km de stop!
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- April 5th 2013 Erster Tag in Australien, erster Tag in Perth ...
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- April 3rd 2013 Peth city
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- March 12th 2013 Perth
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- March 1st 2013 Arriving in Australia – um, honey, I don't think we're in Southeast Asia anymore...
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- January 9th 2013 West Australia trip 2012-2013 (photos)
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- December 20th 2012 Here we go again...
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- December 12th 2012 Landing in the Land of Oz!!
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- July 13th 2012 Perth and Parents
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- April 28th 2012 Groeten uit Perth
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- April 16th 2012 2 weeks and Counting
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- April 12th 2012 Kings Park
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- April 11th 2012 Some more photo practice
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- April 10th 2012 Australia
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