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Australia, a large island nation in the southwest Pacific Ocean, is a multicultural society. It contains numerous religions and spiritualities developing under their own impulses as well as through the impact of the media, immigration, and links with overseas authorities or movements. This variety is mostly quite recent, though, and a majority of Australians still identify with Christian denominations introduced from Great Britain and Ireland. Many now reject formal religion, and religious sentiment is usually unobtrusive, but it can sometimes be very public and controversial. Indigenous Australians include Aborigines on the continent and Tasmanian and Melanesian Torres Strait Islanders; the latter are mostly Anglicans.

Aboriginal Australians

For at least 45,000 years, continental Australia was inhabited by hunter-gatherers, speaking more than 200 languages and forming perhaps 500 cultural ...

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