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Christmas Island:
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Country name
Definition
conventional long form: Territory of Christmas Island
conventional short form: Christmas Island
Dependency status
Definition
non-self governing territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Australian Attorney-General's Department
Government type
Definition
NA
Capital
Definition
name: The Settlement
geographic coordinates: 10 25 S, 105 43 E
time difference: UTC+7 (12 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Administrative divisions
Definition
none (territory of Australia)
Independence
Definition
none (territory of Australia)
National holiday
Definition
Australia Day, 26 January (1788)
Constitution
Definition
Christmas Island Act of 1958-59 (1 October 1958) as amended by the Territories Law Reform Act of 1992
Legal system
Definition
under the authority of the governor general of Australia and Australian law
Executive branch
Definition
chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by the Australian governor general
head of government: Administrator Neil LUCAS (since 30 January 2006)
elections: the monarch is hereditary; administrator appointed by the governor general of Australia and represents the monarch and Australia
Legislative branch
Definition
unicameral Christmas Island Shire Council (9 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
elections: held every two years with half the members standing for election; last held 20 October 2007 (next to be held in 2009)
election results: percent of vote - NA; seats - independents 9
Judicial branch
Definition
Supreme Court; District Court; Magistrate's Court
Political parties and leaders
Definition
none
Political pressure groups and leaders
Definition
none
International organization participation
Definition
none
Diplomatic representation in the US
Definition
none (territory of Australia)
Diplomatic representation from the US
Definition
none (territory of Australia)
Flag description
Definition
territorial flag; divided diagonally from upper hoist to lower fly; the upper triangle is green with a yellow image of the Golden Bosun Bird superimposed, while the lower triangle is blue with the Southern Cross constellation, representing Australia, superimposed; a centered yellow disk displays a green map of the island
note: the flag of Australia is used for official purposes


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