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    Christmas Island Government 2000

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

      Data code: KT

      Dependency status: territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Australian Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories

      Government type: NA

      Capital: The Settlement

      Administrative divisions: none (territory of Australia)

      Independence: none (territory of Australia)

      National holiday: NA

      Constitution: Christmas Island Act of 1958

      Legal system: under the authority of the governor general of Australia and Australian law

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by the Australian governor general
      head of government: Administrator (acting) Graham NICHOLLS (since NA)
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; administrator appointed by the governor general of Australia and represents the monarch and Australia

      Legislative branch: unicameral Christmas Island Shire Council (9 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve one-year terms)
      elections: last held NA December 1999 (next to be held NA December 2000)
      election results: percent of vote - NA; seats - independents 9

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court

      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: the flag of Australia is used

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