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Norfolk Island (territory of Australia) Government

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

    Data code: NF

    Dependency status: territory of Australia; Canberra administers Commonwealth responsibilities on Norfolk Island through the Department of Environment, Sport and Territories

    Government type: NA

    Capital: Kingston

    Administrative divisions: none (territory of Australia)

    Independence: none (territory of Australia)

    National holiday: Pitcairners Arrival Day Anniversary, 8 June (1856)

    Constitution: Norfolk Island Act of 1979

    Legal system: based on the laws of Australia, local ordinances and acts; English common law applies in matters not covered by either Australian or Norfolk Island law

    Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); the UK and Australia are represented by Administrator A. J. MESSNER (since 4 August 1997)
    head of government: Assembly President and Chief Minister George Charles Smith (since 30 April 1997)
    cabinet: Executive Council is made up of four of the nine members of the Legislative Assembly; the council devises government policy and acts as an advisor to the Administrator
    elections: the monarch is hereditary; administrator appointed by the governor general of Australia; chief minister elected by the Legislative Assembly for a term of not more than three years; election last held 30 April 1997 (next to be held by May 2000)
    election results: George Charles Smith elected chief minister; percent of Legislative Assembly vote—NA

    Legislative branch: unicameral Legislative Assembly (9 seats; members elected by electors who have nine equal votes each but only four votes can be given to any one candidate; members serve three-year terms)
    elections: last held 30 April 1997 (next to be held by May 2000)
    election results: percent of vote—NA; seats—independents 9

    Judicial branch: Supreme Court; Court of Petty Sessions

    Political parties and leaders: none

    International organization participation: none

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

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

    Flag description: three vertical bands of green (hoist side), white, and green with a large green Norfolk Island pine tree centered in the slightly wider white band

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