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The smallest continent, its territory is ruled since 1942 by the Monarchy of Australia
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  • Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. With an area of 7,617,930 km², Australia is the largest country by area in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country. Australia is the oldest, flattest and driest inhabited continent, with the least fertile soils. It is a biologically megadiverse country, and its size gives it a wide variety of landscapes and climates, with deserts in the center, tropical rainforests in the northeast, and mountain ranges in the southeast. Canberra is the nation's capital, while its most populous city and financial center is Sydney.

    Geographical type: Territory

    Latitude: 27° S — Longitude: 133° E

    Area: 7,692,024 km²

    ISO 3166-2 code: AU

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    Liberal Democratic Party, Dickson, ACT

    Measures of Freedom

    Australia | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2022
    2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 98, Political Rights: 1, Civil Liberties: 1
    Australia has a strong, long-standing record of advancing and protecting political rights and civil liberties. However, the country continued to face criticism in 2015 from prominent domestic and international organizations for failing to meet its obligations toward asylum seekers. Additionally, the continued expansion of antiterrorism legislation raised questions about the government's respect for fundamental freedoms.
    Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2021
    2019: 8.84, Rank: 8, Personal Freedom: 9.3, Economic Freedom: 8.2
    Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
    2014: 7.93, Rank: 10


    UpdBenjamin Tucker, Individualism, & Liberty: Not the Daughter but the Mother of Order, by Wendy McElroy, Literature of Liberty, 1981
    Bibliographical essay covering the people and radical movements that influenced Tucker in his founding and publishing of Liberty, its major themes and contributors
    David Andrade, Liberty's Australian correspondent contributed several excellent articles on the progress of libertarianism in Australia. Part of this progress was Andrade's Honesty (1887–1889), an anarchist periodical from Melbourne. This twelve-page monthly was published by the Cooperative Publishing Company at 85 cents per year. Liberty was its role model; Honesty's advertisement proclaimed: "It is sufficient description of Honesty's principles to say that they are substantially the same as those championed by Liberty in America."
    "Free-Speech Zone", by James Bovard, The American Conservative, 15 Dec 2003
    Provides various examples of "free speech zone" incidents as well as reactions in the U.S. and overseas
    When Bush visited Australia in October, Sydney Morning Herald columnist Mark Riley observed, "The basic right of freedom of speech will adopt a new interpretation during the Canberra visits this week by the US President, George Bush, and his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao. Protesters will be free to speak as much as they like just as long as they can't be heard." Demonstrators were shunted to an area away from the Federal Parliament building and prohibited from using any public address system in the area.
    A Man's Home Is His Castle, by Wendy McElroy, Freedom Daily, Jul 2006
    A review of the movie The Castle (1997) and its main theme: eminent domain
    The Castle is a tacky tract house in Melbourne, Australia, where the quirky Kerrigans live in the firm belief that they are the luckiest family in the world. ... The 'little Aussie battler' is an archetype that depicts the working man (Darryl is a tow-truck driver) who triumphs through sheer will and merit over those who consider themselves to be his superior ... a retired expert in constitutional law ... takes the Kerrigan case to the Australian Supreme Court, where he challenges the legality of the compulsory purchase under Section 5 of the Constitution and draws specific parallels to the aboriginal land-rights movement.

    The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Australia" as of 18 Jan 2023, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.