West Australia is mostly dry Perth= biggest and only big city in Western Australia (state) -1.8 million Australia- big state, few people 2.8 million(?) Australia have changed in the last decade economically Partly due to move from European/American dominated world to Asian dominated world (Australia is just south of the new hot/upcoming region) Like never before, Australia is a second tier player Regional Rundown (homogenous trait) Australia, New Zealand, and other small island chains (direct influence by Australia) Commonalities: Mini-America of the South? Similar to US; beer, former British convict colonies, language Australia/US Similiarities/differences 95% living in urban area- one of most urbanized societies in the world Raise sheep & lamb & cattle Killed off Natives Former British convict colonies DIFFERENCE- Handguns (only US; Australians don’t have guns) Cowboys High standard of living, high personal wealth 12 th /13 th economy in the world Top 5 unique Critiques of Australia!
Unique Critique #1: Physical o Unique animals o Smallest continent of the six…or largest island o Big country, small amount of people o 6 States, 2 territories Queensland, Tasmanian, New South Whales, Western Australia, South Australia Northern Territory, capital territory- Canberra) New Zealand- about 1500 miles from Australia (about across half of the US) o Sparsely populated in interior; most people on coasts; like no one New Zealand- mountainous/ forest in middle; so people live on coast Australia- not many high mountain ranges, extremely arid/desert in middle; keep people out o Burnt continent; seasonal variations; MOSTLY VERY DRY (especially in Northern Territory); Tasmania cold o Regularly suffers through droughts affects
- Fall '08