Languages of the Caucasus The region has many different languages and language families. There are more than 50 ethnic groups living in the region. In addition, Indo-European languages, such as Armenian and Ossetian , and Turkic languages , such as Azerbaijani and Karachay—Balkar , are spoken in the area. Russian is used as a lingua franca most notably in the North Caucasus. Twelver Shi'ism has many adherents in the southeastern part of the region, in Azerbaijan which extends into Iran. History of the Caucasus Located on the peripheries of Turkey , Iran , and Russia , the region has been an arena for political, military, religious, and cultural rivalries and expansionism for centuries. Throughout its history, the Caucasus was usually incorporated into the Iranian world. The territory of the Caucasus region was inhabited by Homo erectus since the Paleolithic Era. Scientists now classify the assemblage of fossil skeletons as the subspecies Homo erectus georgicus. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources.
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Louie Douvis Harold Holt was prime minister for only days, about a month less than Tony Abbott's period in office. December 17 is the 50th anniversary of his death, and last week Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gave a speech in parliament commemorating it. The date will be marked by Holt's family and some loyal Liberals — the member for the local division of Flinders, Health Minister Greg Hunt, will host a small memorial service in the area. Ever since that fateful day, Cheviot Beach has been known as the sometimes paradisiacal, sometimes turbulent patch of the Mornington Peninsula where year-old Holt drowned — his body never found — making Australia a tragic curiosity, the only country to have ever misplaced a prime minister off its coast.
For significant contributions to public life in Australia in support of hospital and health administration, social justice and education, to young people as a role model, and to the Australian Parliament.
For service to the Tasmanian Parliament, to developing strategies for long-term social, economic and environmental benefit, and to support for a vibrant arts and cultural life in Tasmania. For service to the international community, during an unsafe and dangerous period in Uganda, through the provision of humanitarian aid and nursing care to improve the lives of the sick, poor and dispossessed, and to the Salvation Army. For service to leadership in the global business community, commitment to corporate social responsibility, contributions in the field of education, and support for community-based development initiatives.
For significant contributions to public life in Australia in support of hospital and health administration, social justice and education, to young people as a role model, and to the Australian Parliament. For service to the Catholic Church in Australia and internationally, to raising debate on matters of an ethical and spiritual nature, to education, and to social justice. For service to the arts and commitment to cultural development, particularly in the field of dance as founding director of the Australian Ballet School, and to encouraging young artists to achieve the highest standards in their careers.
For service to the judiciary and to the legal profession, particularly the delivery and administration of law in Victoria; to the community in areas affecting the social and economic conditions of women, and to forensic medicine internationally. For service to the finance sector, particularly through the development of postgraduate and distance education, training courses and professional standards. For service to business, to management development, and to the community through support for and promotion of charitable and cultural organisations.
For service to scholarship and to teaching as a leading commentator and contributor to foreign and defence policy debate internationally and in Australia.
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For service to environmental education and to the indigenous communities of Northern Australia.
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