Norfolk Island Government

What is the capital of Norfolk Island?

Country Name Norfolk Island
Full Country Name Territory of Norfolk Island
Etymology- history of name named by British explorer Captain James COOK after Mary HOWARD, Duchess of Norfolk, in 1774
Government Type parliamentary democracy (formerly the Legislative Assembly); overseas territory of Australia; note - in May 2015, the Australian Parliament passed the Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 which abolished Norfolk Island self-government and replaced it with an interim Advisory Council effective 1 July 2015
Capital Name Kingston
Capital - geographic coordinate 29 03 S, 167 58 E
Capital Time Difference UTC+11 (16 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
Independence none (territory of Australia)
National Holiday Bounty Day (commemorates the arrival of Pitcairn Islanders), 8 June (1856)
Constitution previous 1913, 1957; latest effective 7 August 1979; amended many times, last in 2015
Dependency Status self-governing territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport

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Norfolk Island Government and Politics

Who is the president of Norfolk Island?

Executive Branch: chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia General Sir Peter COSGROVE (since 28 March 2014)

head of government: Administrator Eric HUTCHINSON (since 1 April 2017)

cabinet: Executive Council consists of 4 Legislative Assembly members

elections/appointments: the monarchy is hereditary; governor general appointed by the monarch; administrator appointed by the governor general of Australia for a 2-year term and represents the monarch and Australia
Citizenship Criteria: see Australia
Legal System: English common law and the laws of Australia
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
Legislative Branch: description: unicameral Norfolk Island Regional Council (5 seats; councillors directly elected by simple majority vote to serve 4-year terms); mayor elected annually by the councillors

elections: elections last held 28 May 2016 (next to be held in 2020)

election results: seats by party - independent 5; composition - men 4, women 1, percent of women 20%

note: following an administrative restructuring of local government, the Legislative Assembly was dissolved on 18 June 2015 and replaced by an interim Norfolk Island Advisory Council effective 1 July 2015; the Advisory Council consisted of 5 members appointed by the Norfolk Island administrator based on nominations from the community; following elections on 28 May 2016, the new Norfolk Island Regional Council commenced operations on 1 July 2016
Judicial Branch: highest court(s): Supreme Court of Norfolk Island (consists of the chief justice and several justices); note - appeals beyond the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island are heard by the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia

judge selection and term of office: justices appointed by the governor general of Australia from among justices of the Federal Court of Australia; justices serve until mandatory retirement at age 70

subordinate courts: Petty Court of Sessions; specialized courts including a Coroner's Court and the Employment Tribunal
Regions or States: none (territory of Australia)
Political Parties and Leaders: Norfolk Island Labor Party [Mike KELLY]

Norfolk Liberals [John BROWN]
International Organization Participation: UPU
Diplomatic Representation in the US: none (territory of Australia)
Diplomatic Representation from US: none (territory of Australia)
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