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Since the 1970s and following the abolition of the White Australia policy, immigration from Asia and elsewhere was also promoted.
The passing of the Australia Act 1986 ended all possibility for any vestigial role of the British government in the government in Australia and removed the already seldom-used option of judicial appeals to the Privy Council in London.
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is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands.
With the loss of its American colonies in 1783, the British Government sent a fleet of ships, the "First Fleet", under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip, to establish a new penal colony in New South Wales.
A camp was set up and the flag raised at Sydney Cove, Port Jackson, on 26 January 1788, a date which became Australia's national day, Australia Day, although the British Crown Colony of New South Wales was not formally promulgated until 7 February 1788.
Colloquial names for Australia include "Oz" and "the Land Down Under" (usually shortened to just "Down Under").
Melbourne was the temporary seat of government from 1901 to 1927 while Canberra was being constructed.
After World War II Australia encouraged immigration from mainland Europe.
In a 1999 referendum, 55% of voters and a majority in every state rejected a proposal to become a republic with a president appointed by a two-thirds vote in both Houses of the Australian Parliament.
Since the election of the Whitlam Government in 1972, is located in Western Australia.