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What are some Australian countries?

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The Australian mainland is a single country, officially the Commonwealth of Australia. Neighboring countries in Oceania include New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa.

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The Commonwealth of Australia was initially British colonies established in the late 1700s. These colonies officially federated in 1901, creating the Commonwealth of Australia. As of 2015, Australia is the sixth-largest country in the world by total area. It also has the world's twelfth-largest economy, making it one of the wealthiest developed countries. Additionally, Australia has the second-highest Human Development Index, only behind Norway, deeming it a country that has high quality of life, civil liberties, education and health.

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