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POLITICALChristmas Is is administered as an overseas territory of Australia, directly governed by the Federal government based in Canberra as a shire through an appointed Administrator.It however, follows Western Australian education curriculum but confusingly vote together with the Northern Territories during elections.(Laws were passed most recently to re-define Christmas Is as non-Australia proper so that the Australian government could dispatch would be asylum seekers to the island and keep them there from entering Australia while their asylum pleas are being investigated. A new & large detention centre had been built to house them)Christmas Is was administered by Singapore until 1958 before Australia took over, after a temporary stint as a separate crown colony of the UK.There is NO indigenous inhabitant. The island was discovered on Christmas Day 1643 by Captain William Mynors but...
Territory Flag of Christmas Island (Indian Ocean)
The flag of Christmas Island was chosen from a flag competition held in 1986 and announced on April 14, 1986. There were 69 entries in the competition which had a prize of $100 (Australian). The winning design was created by Tony Couch of Sydney, who had worked on the island for 4 years as a phosphate mining rigging supervisor. The flag was formally adopted for official use, flying alongside the Australian flag, since Australia Day 2002.The blue and green triangles represent the sea surrounding the island and the vegetation of the island. The Southern cross in the blue triangle is the representation appearing in the Australian flag.The image in the green triangle is the Golden Bosun Bird, which is unique and endemic to the island.The gold disk in the center of the flag represents the island's phosphate mining history and originally included to provide a background for the green map of...
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