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Norfolk Island:
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Country name
Definition
conventional long form: Territory of Norfolk Island
conventional short form: Norfolk Island
Dependency status
Definition
self governing territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Australian Attorney-General's Department
Government type
Definition
NA
Capital
Definition
name: Kingston
geographic coordinates: 29 03 S, 167 58 E
time difference: UTC+11.5 (16.5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Administrative divisions
Definition
none (territory of Australia)
Independence
Definition
none (territory of Australia)
National holiday
Definition
Bounty Day (commemorates the arrival of Pitcairn Islanders), 8 June (1856)
Constitution
Definition
Norfolk Island Act of 1979, as amended in 2005
Legal system
Definition
based on the laws of Australia, local ordinances and acts; English common law applies in matters not covered by either Australian or Norfolk Island law
Suffrage
Definition
18 years of age; universal
Executive branch
Definition
chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by the Australian governor general
head of government: Acting Administrator Owen WALSH (since October 2007)
cabinet: Executive Council is made up of four of the nine members of the Legislative Assembly; the council devises government policy and acts as an advisor to the administrator
elections: the monarch is hereditary; administrator appointed by the governor general of Australia and represents the monarch and Australia
Legislative branch
Definition
unicameral Legislative Assembly (9 seats; members elected by electors who have nine equal votes each but only four votes can be given to any one candidate; to serve three-year terms)
elections: last held 21 March 2007 (next to be held by 28 March 2010)
election results: seats - independents 9 (note - no political parties)
Judicial branch
Definition
Supreme Court; Court of Petty Sessions
Political parties and leaders
Definition
none
Political pressure groups and leaders
Definition
none
International organization participation
Definition
UPU
Diplomatic representation in the US
Definition
none (territory of Australia)
Diplomatic representation from the US
Definition
none (territory of Australia)
Flag description
Definition
three vertical bands of green (hoist side), white, and green with a large green Norfolk Island pine tree centered in the slightly wider white band


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