Britain has a long and storied tradition of palming unwanted things off to Australia. Aside the obvious example, the Territory of Papua was transferred to Australian sovereignty in 1902, to be followed by tiny Norfolk Island in 1913, phosphate-rich Nauru in 1920, and the vast Antarctic Territory in 1933. In recent years, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, and Olivia Newton-John have all made their way from the Sceptred Isle to the Land Down Under.
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