Australia
Commonwealth of Australia
February 18-19
Pacific
Factbook

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6 The 350,000 indigenous Aborigines have been demoralized in their contacts with Western culture and greed and have been frustrated about their lack of control over their lands and their heritage

a) Pray for the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship, a key coordinating body of Aboriginal Christians, as it encourages leadership development through its training college, outreach and church planting in every Aboriginal community

b) Pray for the nearly 500 missionaries in 26 denominational and interdenominational agencies working among these people

c) Bible translation is in progress in 19 of these small language groups

d) The use of GRN records and cassettes in 86 languages

7 Witness among the 630,000 students in the 36 universities and colleges is barely adequate

8 Young people and children. There has been a drastic drop in Sunday School attendance, and alternative methods must be found to reach the younger generation

9 Christian Media

a) Radio

b) Literature

c) Video

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Politics

A federal, parliamentary democracy formed in 1901 with 6 states and 2 federal territories.

Religion

A secular state with freedom of religion.

Religions Population % Adherents Ann.Gr.
Christian 67.50 12,743,679 +0.0%
non-Religious/other 28.21 5,325,914 +3.1%
Buddhist 1.40 264,313 +6.6%
Muslim 1.33 251,098 +5.2%
Hindu 0.47 88,734 +6.5%
Jewish 0.45 84,958 +1.0%
Chinese 0.26 49,087 +1.0%
Traditional ethnic 0.25 47,199 +71.6%
Sikh 0.08 15,104 +4.5%
Baha'i 0.05 9,440 +6.8%
Christians Denom. Affil.% ,000 Ann.Gr.
Protestant 155 12.83 2,423 +0.0%
Independent 28 1.06 199 +10.1%
Anglican 1 20.23 3,820 -0.6%
Catholic 1 25.21 4,760 -0.2%
Orthodox 35 3.20 605 +1.8%
Marginal 56 1.30 245 +0.5%
Unaffiliated   14.88 2,809 n.a.
Doubly affiliated   -11.21 -2,100 n.a.

Churches in Australia

Missionaries from Australia

4,388 in 97 agencies and in 134 countries

Missionaries to Australia

3,277 in 109 agencies


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Geography


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Area 7,682,300 sq.km. This island continent is largely grassland and desert in the interior but better watered in the east, southeast and southwest coastal regions, where most live in highly concentrated urban areas. There are three permanently inhabited dependent territories; Norfolk Is. (35 sq.km.; 2,500 pop), Christmas Is. (135 sq.km.; 2,300 pop), Cocos Is. (14 sq.km.; 600 pop).

Population (2000) 18,879,524 +1.03%AGR

Capital Canberra 328,370.

Peoples

Anglo-Celtic 67.8%; Other European 20%; Asian 6%; Middle Eastern 3.0%; Australian Aborigine 2%; Other 1.2%.

Literacy 99%. Official language English. Over 19% of the population do not use English as their first language. All indigenous languages 234. Languages with Scriptures 1Bi 8NT 26por 19 w.i.p.

Economy

Mixed economy based on industry, agriculture and mining. HDI 0.922; 7th/174. Public debt 23% of GNP. Income/person $20,090 (66% of USA).

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