The official title of Australia is The Commonwealth of Australia and it is a British dominion. It has a democratic, federal system and the head of state is Queen Elizabeth II represented by the Governor General. The head of government is the Prime Minister Paul Keating. Australia consists of 6 states and 2 territories such as New south Wales or Tasmania. The federal Parliament has its seat in Canberra and is divided into the Senate and the House of Representatives. Australia is a member of the United Nations too. The Australian national flag consists of the British flag symbol and a larger blue field in which is arranged 5 stars. The large white star under the British Union Jack symbolizes 6 Australian states and 1 territory.
New Zealand has s parliamentary system where the head of state is Queen Elizabeth II represented by the Governor – General. The head of government is the Prime Minister. Elections take place every three years. The country is divided into counties[B1] . The capital is Wellington, other big cities are Manukau, Christchurch and Auckland. New Zealand is member of UN, OECD and the Commonwealth.
The flag consists of the British Union Jack in the left upper corner and four red stars in the Southern Cross constellation[B2] .