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  2. From the World Wars to the End of the Millennium
  3. Changes in Immigration Policy
  4. Australia on the International Stage as Peacekeeper
  5. Australia Elects Its First Female Prime Minister
  6. Worst Flooding in Decades
  7. U.S. Establishes Military Presence
  8. Wildfires and Record High Temperatures Strike in Early 2013
  9. Gillard Resigns after Losing Party Leadership
  10. Worst Fire Emergency in almost 50 Years
  11. Abbott Named Prime Minister
  12. Armed Man Holds Hostages in Sydney Cafe
  13. Turnbull Replaces Abbott as Prime Minister
U.S. Establishes Military Presence

Nov. 2011 saw Barack Obama in Canberra where he announced a new American military presence near the port city of Darwin, "Australia's Pearl Harbor." Marines will be gradually deployed over the coming years, to a total strength of 2,500. Mr. Obama's speech established his commitment to "a larger and long-term role" in shaping the region, which will include providing humanitarian relief and responding to security issues in Southeast Asia and the South China Sea.

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