The country that kills everybody.
"In summer the bushfires rage and rage
And rage and rage on such beautiful days
And we fight them with water that runs through the cracks
Water we're desperately trying to save"
Not New Zealand
, the one next to it. Its formal name is the Commonwealth of Australia.
Note that, contrary to stereotypes, very few Australians live in the outback. There are cities and everything (89% live in urban areas.)
The Australian flag
It has the Southern Cross on it
This is the Australian national flag — first adopted in 1901, modified a few times after that, then finally made properly official in its present form in 1954. It is a defaced version of the United Kingdom's "blue ensign" flag (flown at sea by ships in public service), which looks the same but without the stars. The national flag of New Zealand, as well as all of Australia's state flags, are also based on the blue ensign.note
As they do look very similar, here are a couple of quick ways of telling the Australian and New Zealand flags apart:
- The Commonwealth Star is present on the Australian flag where the NZ flag has a bank field. It's the large, white, seven-pointed star beneath the Union Jack, with the seven points standing for the six states plus the territories. note
- The design of the Southern Cross varies in a couple of ways:
- 1: The Australian Flag has five stars, the New Zealand Flag only has four (omitting Epsilon Crucis in the middle).
- 2: The stars are white on the Australian flag, and red with a white outline on the NZ flag. This is because New Zealand is communist.
- 3: The NZ flag has all the stars with five points; the Australian flag has all the stars with seven points except for Epsilon Crucis, which has five. note