Coral-sea-islands

 

Scattered over more than three-quarters of a million square kilometres of ocean, the Coral Sea Islands were declared a territory of Australia in 1969. They are uninhabited except for a small meteorological staff on the Willis Islets. Automated weather stations, beacons, and a lighthouse occupy many other islands and reefs.

People:
No indigenous inhabitants

note: there is a staff of three to four at the meteorological station on Willis Island (July 2007 est.)

Government:
Country name: conventional long form: Coral Sea Islands Territory

conventional short form: Coral Sea Islands

Dependency status: territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Australian Attorney-General’s Department
Communications:
There are automatic weather stations on many of the isles and reefs relaying data to the mainland.
Transportation:
None; offshore anchorage only
Military:
Defence is the responsibility of Australia

Economy:

No economic activity