Almost 5 million people born overseas live inAustralia. More migrantsmove to Sydney than anyother Australian city.
After immigration, youneed to spend two years asa permanent resident inAustralia before you canapply for AustralianCitizenship.
Australia’s Migrants I
Around 24% of Australia’sresidents were bornoverseas. This compareswith 20% in New Zealand,17% in Canada, 10% in theUSA and 6% in the UK.
Australia’s Migrants II
Australia has been a magnetfor immigration for manyyears. In fact, Australia’simmigration policy used to be targeted towardsattracting people from theBritish Isles. The emphasisnow is to attract anyonefrom anywhere who has theskills to contribute toAustralia’s development.
Facts about AustraliaLocally Made TV Shows
By law, free-to-air channelsin Australia must show aminimum of 55 percentAustralian made content.Home-produced shows makeup 90 percent of content inUSA, 78 percent in the UK (BBC), 60 percent in Canadaand 42 percent in NewZealand.
Australia’s main naturalhazards are cyclones(hurricanes), drought andforest fires. The biggestkiller of all has beenheatwaves.
Australian men born in thelast few years can expect tolive to around 77 years andwomen to 82 years. Lifeexpectancy for AboriginalAustralians is around 20years lower than for other Australians.
In 2007, the most watched programmes were:1. AFL: Grand Final2. Tennis: Australian Open – Men’s Final3. Rugby League: GrandFinal4. Election debate: Rudd vHoward5. Cricket: Australia vEngland
Australia Export Facts
The top 10 countriesAustralian goods areexported to are: Japan, USA,
21 percent of Australians aresmokers. Smoking is morecommon in people who aresocially and economicallydisadvantaged. Around 31 percent of disadvantaged people smoke. Smoking ratesamongst advantaged peoplein Australia are around 16 percent.
The Big Dry
Australia has the lowest precipitation of any of theworld’s inhabited continents.(Antarctica gets less.) 70 percent of Australia gets lessthan 500 mm (20 inches) of rainfall per year.
Australia’s Desert Country
One third of Australia’s landis desert. Australia has 10deserts of which the largest isthe Great Victoria Desert,covering just under 5 percentof the country. Ironically, theGreat Victoria Desert is notlocated in Victoria but is inWestern Australia and SouthAustralia. The Great VictoriaDesert covers 348,750 squarekilometres which makes itaround one and a half times bigger than the UK or slightlysmaller than Montana.
How Big is Australia?
Australia is the word’ssmallest continent and theworld’s sixth largest country.Australia covers an area of 7,686,900 square kilometres.That’s slightly smaller thanthe United States mainlandwhich is 7,827,848 square
The Lucky Country
Australia has long beenknown as the lucky country.This is not surprising whenyou learn it is the world’slargest iron ore exporter andlargest producer of bauxiteand alumina. Australia alsohas the world’s largestdeposits of silver, zinc, zirconand easily extracted uranium(over 40% of worldresources). It also has about10 percent of the world’s goldresources.
Most people think the Sydneyregion is the wealthiest part of Australia. In fact the highestwages in Australia are paid inthe rugged NorthernTerritory. The NorthernTerritory also has the highestGross Domestic Product per capita of any part of Australia.
Australians are crazy aboutsport. The most popular participation sports areaerobics, golf and tennis.The top three sports malestake part in are golf, cricketand tennis. For females it’saerobics, lawn bowls andnetball.
Alcohol in Australia