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Miss Universe Australia 2012 Renae Ayris

Miss Universe Australia 2012 Renae Ayris

OHMYGOSSIP — Renae Ayris; (born September 17, 1991) is a Australian model, professional dancer, beauty queen and pageant titleholder from Perth, Australia who was crowned Miss Australia 2012 and will represent her country in the 2012 Miss Universe pageants.

Ayris, won the Miss Universe Australia competition on 9 June 2012 in a ceremony held at Melbourne’s Sofitel Hotel, outdoing 35 other delegates from across the country. This confirmed her place in the Miss Universe pageant which is set to be held in December 2012.

Miss Universe 2012, the 61st Miss Universe pageant, will be held in December 2012 in a venue to be announced by the Miss Universe Organization. Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes from Angola will crown her successor at the end of the event.

Miss Universe is an annual international beauty contest run by the Miss Universe Organization. The pageant is the most publicized beauty contest in the world with 600 million viewers. The contest was founded in 1952 by California clothing company Pacific Mills. The pageant became part of Kayser-Roth and then Gulf and Western Industries, before being acquired by Donald Trump in 1996. In 1998, Miss Universe changed its name from Miss Universe, Inc. to Miss Universe Organization and the headquarters moved from Long Beach California, to New York City that year. Donald Trump brought in a new team of professionals to the contest headed by its new CEO, Molly Miles, and president Maureen Reidy. The contest would use the slogan “Redefined for Today” for promotion of the pageants. The current Miss Universe is Leila Lopes, from Angola. She won the title on Sept 12, 2011.


Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world’s sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east.

Area: 7.7 million sq. km. (3 million sq. mi.); about the size of the 48 contiguous United States.
Cities (2010): Capital–Canberra (pop. 358,000). Other cities–Sydney (4.6 million), Melbourne (4.1 million), Brisbane (2 million), Perth (1.7 million), Adelaide (1.2 million), Darwin (125,000), Hobart (215,000).
Terrain: Varied, but generally low-lying.
Climate: Relatively dry and subject to drought, ranging from temperate in the south to tropical in the far north.

Nationality: Noun and adjective–Australian(s).
Population (January 2012 est.): 22.8 million.
Annual population growth rate: 1.8%.
Religions (2006 census): Catholic 26%, Anglican 19%, other Christian 19%, other non-Christian 1%, Buddhist 2.1%, Islam 1.7%, no religion 19%, and not stated 12%.
Languages: English.
Education: Years compulsory–to age 16 in all states and territories except New South Wales and the Northern Territory where it is 15, and Western Australia where it is 17. Literacy–over 99%.
Health: Infant mortality rate–4.7/1,000. Life expectancy–males 79.3 years, females 83.9 years.
Work force (11.4 million): Agriculture, fishing and forestry–3%; mining–1.8%; manufacturing–8.75%; retail trade–10.9%; public administration, defense, and safety–6.2%; construction–9%.

Type: Constitutional monarchy: democratic, federal-state system.
Constitution: Passed by the British Parliament on July 9, 1900.
Independence (federation): January 1, 1901.
Branches: Executive–Queen Elizabeth II (head of state, represented by a governor general); the monarch appoints the governor general on the advice of the prime minister. Legislative–bicameral Parliament (76-member Senate, 150-member House of Representatives). The governor general appoints the prime minister (generally the leader of the party which holds the majority in the House of Representatives) and appoints ministers on the advice of the prime minister. Judicial–independent judiciary.
Administrative subdivisions: Six states and two territories.
Political parties (as of July 1, 2011): Labor, Liberal, Greens, the Nationals, and Democratic Labor Party.
Suffrage: Universal and compulsory 18 and over.
Central government budget (revenue): A$321.4 billion, or U.S. $331 billion (FY 2010-2011); A$336.4 billion, or U.S. $346.5 billion (FY 2011-2012 est.).
Defense (FY 2011-2012 est.): A$29.1 billion, or U.S. $30 billion (approx. 2.2% of GDP).

Economy (figures in U.S. dollars unless noted)
GDP (2011 estimate): A$1.3 trillion (U.S. $1.3 trillion).
Inflation rate forecast for 2011-2012 (from November 2011 budget update): 2.25%.
Reserve Bank official interest rate (January 2012): 4.25%.
Trade: Exports ($297.5 billion, 2010-2011)–coal, iron ore, education services, gold, travel services, oil and gas, wheat. Major markets–China (A$70.5 billion, or U.S. $73 billion), Japan (A$48.9 billion, or U.S. $51 billion), Korea (A$24.3 billion, or U.S. $25 billion), India (A$18.43 billion, or U.S. $19 billion), U.S. ($14.3 billion), and U.K. (A$10.6 billion, or U.S. $11 billion). Imports ($276.6 billion, 2010-2011 estimate)–travel services, petroleum, passenger motor vehicles, refined petroleum, freight transport services, medicaments ($8.2 billion), telecom equipment ($8.9 billion). Major suppliers–China (A$42.7 billion, or U.S. $44 billion), U.S. ($36.3 billion), Japan ($18.8 billion), Thailand ($11.1 billion), and Singapore ($15.1 billion).
Exchange rate (January 2012): U.S. $1.037 = A$1.


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