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Semi-protected edit request on 14 September 2015[edit]

Update PM (Tony Abbott) to Malcolm Turnbull. Image is here: https://lpaweb-static.s3.amazonaws.com/img_MalcolmTurnbullProfile.jpg

Sopranoaurora (talk) 11:55, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done Turnbull is not yet PM. He is only PM designate. --AussieLegend () 12:07, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

"Supreme executive authority"[edit]

I have just removed a line of twaddle about the "supreme executive authority" of the Commonwealth. Clearly a personal opinion derived from an uninformed interpretation of s61. The "executive power" mentioned is no more than the remnants of the royal prerogative not already assigned, and the power to do what is needed for the functioning of the Commonwealth. These are relatively minor powers and limited in both scope and exercise. See here for an explanation, and of course Professor Winterton's book on the executive power scotches this myth of "supreme executive authority". Describing the State governors and the Governor-General as viceroys is also nonsense. Viceroys possess the authority to exercise all powers of the monarch in their assigned realm, not a limited subset. --Pete (talk) 10:22, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Doesn't s7 of the Australia Act 1986 grant governors "all powers and functions of Her Majesty in respect of a State", effectively making them viceroys? --Canley (talk) 10:44, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
Good point, but my understanding is that a full exercise of the royal prerogative is required and the Constitution specifically removes several areas of that prerogative from the domain of the States. Diplomatic representation, for example. --Pete (talk) 11:36, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 28 September 2015[edit]

Please change

"Australia (/ɒˈstreɪliə/, /ə-/, colloquially /-jə/),[10][11] officially the Commonwealth of Australia,[12] is an Oceanian country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries include Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east.

For at least 40,000 years[13] before the first British settlement in the late 18th century,[14][15] Australia was inhabited by indigenous Australians,[16] who spoke languages grouped into roughly 250 language groups.[17][18] After the European discovery of the continent by Dutch explorers in 1606, Australia's eastern half was claimed by Great Britain in 1770 and initially settled through penal transportation to the colony of New South Wales from 26 January 1788. The population grew steadily in subsequent decades; the continent was explored and an additional five self-governing crown colonies were established. On 1 January 1901, the six colonies federated, forming the Commonwealth of Australia. Since Federation, Australia has maintained a stable liberal democratic political system that functions as a federal parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy comprising six states and several territories. The population of 23.6 million[5] is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated in the eastern states and on the coast.[19]

Australia is a developed country and one of the wealthiest in the world, with the world's 12th-largest economy. In 2014 Australia had the world's fifth-highest per capita income.[20] Australia's military expenditure is the world's 13th-largest. With the second-highest human development index globally, Australia ranks highly in many international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, and the protection of civil liberties and political rights.[21] Australia is a member of the United Nations, G20, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Trade Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the Pacific Islands Forum."

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"Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a federal parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy composed of six states, three federal territories and seven external territories. The Australian mainland consists of five of the six federated states (with the sixth state, Tasmania, being located on an island in close proximity to the mainland) and the federal territories. In addition, there are six island territories and the Australian Antarctic Territory, which compose the external territories. At 7.692 million km2 the country is the world’s six largest by total area. Australia is the largest country without land borders, the largest country wholly in the Southern Hemisphere and the only country to govern an entire continent. Australia’s size gives it a wide variety of landscapes including forest, woodland, wetland, grassland, rainforest and desert, combined with mountain ranges in the south-east, south-west and east. The northern part of the country has a tropical climate, the south-west corner has a mediterranean climate and much of the south-east (including Tasmania) is temperate. Australia is considered extremely biodiverse and is a recognised megadiverse country. The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef and biggest single structure made by living organisms, lies a short distance off the north-east coast and extends for over 2000 kilometres. It is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of immigration from many countries.

Aboriginal Australians are believed to have first arrived on the Australian mainland by sea from Maritime Southeast Asia between 40,000 and 70,000 years ago. The artistic, musical and spiritual traditions they established are amongst the longest surviving traditions in human history. European colonisation began in 1788 with the arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Botany Bay to establish a penal colony. In the century that followed, the British established other colonies on the continent, and European explorers ventured into its interior. Gold rushes and agricultural industries brought prosperity. Autonomous Parliamentary democracies began to be established throughout the six British colonies from the mid-19th century. The colonies voted by referendum to unite in a federation in 1901,and modern Australia came into being. Since Federation, Australia has maintained a stable liberal democratic political system. The population of 23.9 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated in the eastern states and on the coast.

Many Australians regard the defeat of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) at Gallipoli as the birth of the nation - its first major military action. Australia achieved independent Sovereign Nation status after World War I under the Statute of Westminster and the Australia Act 1986 removed any remaining links between the British Parliament and the Australian states. There is continuing debate in Australia as to whether the country should become a republic.

Australia is a developed country and one of the wealthiest in the world, with the world's 12th-largest economy. In 2014 Australia had the world's fifth-highest per capita income. Australia's military expenditure is the world's 13th-largest. With the second-highest human development index globally, Australia ranks highly in many international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, and the protection of civil liberties and political rights. Australia is a member of the United Nations, G20, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Trade Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the Pacific Islands Forum."

because I believe it to be much more informative and more similar to the layout of other countries pages.

Matthew.knight787 (talk) 11:46, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: please establish a consensus for this alteration before using the {{edit semi-protected}} template. -- Sam Sailor Talk! 16:17, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
Is the talk board not the best way in which a consensus is reached? That was what I deduced from consensus Thanks for the reply Sam Matthew.knight787 (talk) 17:30, 28 September 2015 (UTC)Matthew

Semi-protected edit request on 30 December 2015[edit]

Forebears1248 (talk) 21:39, 30 December 2015 (UTC)

Per directions, this empty request has been declined. —C.Fred (talk) 21:42, 30 December 2015 (UTC)

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