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    Christmas Island Government - 2004

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Territory of Christmas Island
      conventional short form: Christmas Island

      Dependency status:
      territory of Australia; administered by the Australian Department of Transport and Regional Services

      Government type:

      The Settlement

      Administrative divisions:
      none (territory of Australia)

      none (territory of Australia)

      National holiday:
      Australia Day, 26 January (1788)


      Legal system:
      under the authority of the governor general of Australia and Australian law

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by the Australian governor general
      head of government: Administrator Evan WILLIAMS (since 1 November 2003)
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; administrator appointed by the governor general of Australia and represents the monarch and Australia

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral Christmas Island Shire Council (9 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
      election results: percent of vote - NA%; seats - independents 9
      elections: held every two years with half the members standing for election; last held 3 May 2003 (next to be held NA 2005)

      Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court; District Court; Magistrate's Court

      Political parties and leaders:

      Political pressure groups and leaders:

      International organization participation:

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      none (territory of Australia)

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      none (territory of Australia)

      Flag description:
      the flag of Australia is used; note - in early 1986, the Christmas Island Assembly held a design competition for an island flag, however, the winning design has never been formally adopted as the official flag of the territory

      NOTE: The information regarding Christmas Island on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Christmas Island Government 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Christmas Island Government 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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