History UsefulNotes / AustralianStatesAndTerritories

5th Feb '16 9:10:30 PM nombretomado
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Australia was first settled as one colony, New South Wales, but this eventually branched out into six. These six, after settling some minor border problems, became Australia's six states, although the Northern Territory was part of South Australia. The six colonies became the six states during Federation on January 1, 1901, forming a unified government, but each of the states still retain a local culture which is still distinctive today, although somewhat less than earlier in history, thanks to a blending of them all as well as Americanisation. The quickest points of distinction to find are whether they prefer the [[RugbyLeague National Rugby League]] or the [[AustralianRulesFootball Australian Football League]] and, oddly enough, the name for a certain kind of sausage, which has a different name in every state. Just one of those things.

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Australia was first settled as one colony, New South Wales, but this eventually branched out into six. These six, after settling some minor border problems, became Australia's six states, although the Northern Territory was part of South Australia. The six colonies became the six states during Federation on January 1, 1901, forming a unified government, but each of the states still retain a local culture which is still distinctive today, although somewhat less than earlier in history, thanks to a blending of them all as well as Americanisation. The quickest points of distinction to find are whether they prefer the [[RugbyLeague National Rugby League]] or the [[AustralianRulesFootball [[UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball Australian Football League]] and, oddly enough, the name for a certain kind of sausage, which has a different name in every state. Just one of those things.



We also think we should mention Wagga Wagga here, mostly because, well, it's a fun name. It also marks the "border" between AustralianRulesFootball and RugbyLeague's traditional territories. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOpxdUjPiAs Don't call Wagga Wagga Wagga, calling Wagga Wagga Wagga is wrong.]]

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We also think we should mention Wagga Wagga here, mostly because, well, it's a fun name. It also marks the "border" between AustralianRulesFootball UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball and RugbyLeague's traditional territories. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOpxdUjPiAs Don't call Wagga Wagga Wagga, calling Wagga Wagga Wagga is wrong.]]
15th Dec '15 10:02:26 PM StevieC
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The rest of the state is mostly desert and mines. Though there are some good wineries in the south-west.

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The rest of the state is mostly desert and mines. Though there are some good wineries in the south-west.
south-west. Also, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wittenoom,_Western_Australia one town in northern WA]] was quite literally wiped off the map because its one major business was an asbestos mine. The very ground itself is actually toxic.
3rd Nov '15 7:29:09 AM DesertDragon
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Australia has six states and two territories. Well, kinda: The Commonwealth itself goes a lot further, spreading to places like Norfolk Island in the Pacific, Christmas Island a few thousand kilometres southeast of Indonesia and a whole chunk of Antarctica, but everyone just thinks of Australia as just the mainland and Tasmania much like Americans think the United States is just the contiguous 48 states. However, this is with good reason: The Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory have a much larger population and have much more political power than the smaller Australian territories elsewhere. But, for the sake of the article, we'll just say Australia has two territories. Good? Good.

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Australia has six states and two territories. Well, kinda: The Commonwealth itself goes a lot further, spreading to places like Norfolk Island in the Pacific, Christmas Island a few thousand kilometres southeast of Indonesia and a whole chunk of Antarctica, but everyone just thinks of Australia as just the mainland and Tasmania Tasmania, much like Americans think the United States is just [[TheSeveralStates the contiguous 48 states.50 states and DC]]. However, this is with good reason: The Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory have a much larger population and have much more political power than the smaller Australian territories elsewhere. But, for the sake of the article, we'll just say Australia has two territories. Good? Good.
2nd Sep '15 10:04:27 PM karstovich2
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** Also a worthy mention is the unpredictable weather; which can go from sunny to stormy in practically no time at all. And it gets ''cold'': if you're going to Canberra at any time near winter, take a very thick jacket. It is in fact more unpredictable and colder than the weather in famously unpredictable and (for Australia) chilly Melbourne, with average lows during the winter hovering around 0°C, while Melbourne "enjoys" temperatures a good 5-6 degrees warmer. (Sydney's winter lows are a good 3-4 degrees higher than that.) Canberra's elevation takes the credit--or blame--for this state of affairs, being over 500 meters above sea level (Melbourne and Sydney are of course on the coast and thus very near sea level).


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** Also a worthy mention is the unpredictable weather; which can go from sunny to stormy in practically no time at all. And it gets ''cold'': if you're going to Canberra at any time near winter, take a very thick jacket. It is in fact more unpredictable and colder than the weather in famously unpredictable and (for Australia) chilly Melbourne, with average lows during the winter hovering around 0°C, while Melbourne "enjoys" temperatures a good 5-6 degrees warmer. (Sydney's winter lows are a good 3-4 degrees higher than that.) Canberra's elevation takes the credit--or blame--for this state of affairs, being over 500 meters metres above sea level (Melbourne and Sydney are of course on the coast and thus very near sea level).

2nd Sep '15 10:03:44 PM karstovich2
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** Also a worthy mention is the unpredictable weather; which can go from sunny to stormy in practically no time at all.
*** And it gets ''cold''. If you're going to Canberra at any time near winter, take a very thick jacket.
*** Are you sure you're not confusing Canberra with Melbourne? That's what the weather is like down here!

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** Also a worthy mention is the unpredictable weather; which can go from sunny to stormy in practically no time at all.
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all. And it gets ''cold''. If ''cold'': if you're going to Canberra at any time near winter, take a very thick jacket.
*** Are you sure you're not confusing Canberra with Melbourne? That's what
jacket. It is in fact more unpredictable and colder than the weather is like down here!
in famously unpredictable and (for Australia) chilly Melbourne, with average lows during the winter hovering around 0°C, while Melbourne "enjoys" temperatures a good 5-6 degrees warmer. (Sydney's winter lows are a good 3-4 degrees higher than that.) Canberra's elevation takes the credit--or blame--for this state of affairs, being over 500 meters above sea level (Melbourne and Sydney are of course on the coast and thus very near sea level).

1st Sep '15 9:53:49 PM karstovich2
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The third most populous state, Queensland is beaten only by Western Australia in terms of highest population growth rate. Here you will find most of Australia's tropical areas, such as the Australian rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, but also the areas of the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, which are Australia's summer vacation spots, known for its surfing and theme parks. Here they play rugby as well, and have an intense rivalry with New South Wales because of it, coalescing in the NRL State-of-Origin matches (three times a season) which are among the most watched moments on Australian television in any given year. It's 'Devon' in Queensland too, although it varies a bit. Nicknamed "Banana-benders", or more recently "Cane Toads", as that species was first introduced into this state (and has since become a widespread pest). The term "deep north" is sometimes used for Queensland, with many of the same connotations as America's DeepSouth. Queensland is also often compared to Alabama, Florida and California, which we'll let you sort out.[[note]] In fact, Queensland even has a history of plantations (sugarcane rather than cotton) staffed by labourers some of whom were forcibly abducted from across the sea (the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Sea_Islander South Sea Islanders]]). It also has the second most rural population of any Australian state, so there are real similarities with Alabama here.[[/note]] [[TheDailyShow John Oliver]] described it as Australia's most conservative state, although many Australians would consider WA a strong alternate candidate. Much as many Americans think of Texas the same way foreigners think of America, the same could apply to Australians and Queensland.

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The third most populous state, Queensland is beaten only by Western Australia in terms of highest population growth rate. Here you will find most of Australia's tropical areas, such as the Australian rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, but also the areas of the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, which are Australia's summer vacation spots, known for its surfing and theme parks. Here they play rugby as well, and have an intense rivalry with New South Wales because of it, coalescing in the NRL State-of-Origin matches (three times a season) which are among the most watched moments on Australian television in any given year. It's 'Devon' in Queensland too, although it varies a bit. Nicknamed "Banana-benders", or more recently "Cane Toads", as that species was first introduced into this state (and has since become a widespread pest). The term "deep north" is sometimes used for Queensland, with many of the same connotations as America's DeepSouth. Queensland is also often compared to Alabama, Florida and California, which we'll let you sort out.[[note]] In fact, Queensland even has a history of plantations (sugarcane rather than cotton) staffed by labourers some of whom were forcibly abducted from across the sea (the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Sea_Islander South Sea Islanders]]). It also has the second most rural population of any Australian state, so there are real similarities with Alabama here.[[/note]] [[TheDailyShow John Oliver]] described it as Australia's most conservative state, although many Australians would consider WA a strong alternate candidate. Much as many Americans think of Texas the same way foreigners think of America, the same could apply to Australians and Queensland.Queensland...although it could also be seen as Australia's UsefulNotes/{{Florida}}, for reasons that should become clear as you read on.
7th Aug '15 1:23:24 AM CH4S
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\n\n** [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/4991322.stm This BBC article]] has an outline of Norfolk Island and its distinctive people and history. It also shows the opposition that Norfolk Islanders have towards any further integration into Australia and their Chief Minister's belief that the territory's economic woes [[ArtisticLicenseEconomics can be solved by full independence and nationhood]].


7th Aug '15 1:18:42 AM CH4S
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** The aforementioned lack of income


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** The aforementioned lack of income

income taxes necessitated the [[http://regional.gov.au/territories/norfolk_island/reforms/ Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment Act 2015]] due to Norfolk Island's dire financial situation. In exchange for giving New South Wales control over Norfolk Island and adherence to Australian tax policy, the Act will grant Norfolk Islanders access to the free healthcare, subsidised medication and welfare payments that Australian mainlanders enjoy.


7th Aug '15 1:12:40 AM CH4S
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\n** However, this lack of income taxes [[RealityEnsues has consequences]]. For example, Norfolk Islanders do not enjoy a welfare payment program, free healthcare and subsidised medications, unlike mainland Australians.
** The aforementioned lack of income

7th Aug '15 12:24:02 AM CH4S
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** Ever wondered what a {{town with a dark secret}} would be like if it were an island? [[ShaggyDogStory Congratulations! You've just pictured Norfolk Island]]! [[SincerityMode This really happened]] such as in [[http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/janelle-patton-killer-glenn-mcneill-is-innocent-jurors-sensational-claim/story-e6freuy9-1226073597443 this story]] about the first murder on the island since 1893 where the guy who went to jail is alleged to have not committed the murder, but is instead covering up the real murderer/s.
** To be fair, Norfolk Island has an interesting history, with most of the 2200 residents being descended from ''Bounty'' mutineers, having some Tahitian ancestry, speaking a creole language called Norfuk and having such a close knit community that the phone book lists residents by their nicknames.
** One can say that Norfolk Island is the {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}} of Australia: limited self-governance, no income tax, non partisan politics, passports required for all visitors (even for Australians), expensive imports and telephone calls (the local government places taxes on these instead),


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** Ever wondered what a {{town with a dark secret}} would be like if it were an island? [[ShaggyDogStory Congratulations! You've just pictured Norfolk Island]]! [[SincerityMode This really happened]] such as Case in point]]: [[http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/janelle-patton-killer-glenn-mcneill-is-innocent-jurors-sensational-claim/story-e6freuy9-1226073597443 this story]] about the first murder on the island since 1893 where the guy who went to jail is alleged to have not committed the murder, but is instead covering up the real murderer/s.
** To be fair, Norfolk Island has an interesting history, with most of the 2200 residents being descended from ''Bounty'' mutineers, having some Tahitian ancestry, speaking a creole language called Norfuk and having such a close knit community that the phone book lists residents by their nicknames.
nicknames (because of a small range of surnames due to being perhaps the only Australian territory more inbred than Tasmania).
** One can say that Norfolk Island is the {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}} of Australia: limited self-governance, no income tax, non partisan politics, passports required for all visitors (even for Australians), expensive imports and telephone calls (the local government places taxes on these instead),

instead), runs its own census, and inexplicably absorbing other cultural features like Hawaiian Hula dances and celebrating American Thanksgiving.

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