Australia's conservative leader Tony Abbott gestures as he walks to the stage to claim victory in Australia's federal election during an election night function in Sydney Sept. 7, 2013.
The mysterious man, whose ears were even more attentive than the manicurist’s boy friend, leaves the cafe, remembering these important words: “Troopships … Australia … Friday at midnight.” His business is to check all rumors, not pass them along for social conversation.
The mysterious man, whose ears were even more attentive than the manicurist's boy friend, leaves the cafe, remembering these important words: "Troopships ... Australia ... Friday at midnight." His business is to check all rumors, not pass them along for social conversation.
At the Friendship Cafe the manicurist tells her boy friend: “A customer told me today that lots of our troopships are sailing to Australia on Friday at midnight.” The shady-looking man standing next to them listens attentively. (Note bartender played by Alfred Hitchcock, center).
At the Friendship Cafe the manicurist tells her boy friend: "A customer told me today that lots of our troopships are sailing to Australia on Friday at midnight." The shady-looking man standing next to them listens attentively. (Note bartender played by Alfred Hitchcock, center).
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A missing poster for Jill Meagher is taped to a lamppost on Sydney Rd on September 28, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. Coburg man Adrian Ernest Bayley was charged overnight with the murder and rape of Irish national Jill Meagher.
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Anti-Australia protesters throw bottles of urine, eggs and tomatoes during a rally in front of the Australian embassy in Jakarta on Nov. 22, 2013
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Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott attends a session of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo, November 17, 2013.
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In this satellite image released by Commonwealth of Australia, a 97-kilometer (60 mile) long iceberg known as B9B, right, is about to crash into the Mertz Glacier Tongue, left, in the Australian Antarctic Territory on Jan. 7, 2010. The collision created a new 78-kilometer (48 mile) long iceberg
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Australia's Leigh Godfrey (17) is forced out at second base by Canada's Natalie Wideman in the fifth inning of the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, July 14, 2013.
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Kevin Rudd, Australia's Labor Party leader, addresses the national press club in Canberra, Australia, Nov. 21, 2007
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Julian Wilson of Australia surfs the Trestles last fall.
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Adam Scott of Australia celebrates with his green jacket after winning the 2013 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, April 14, 2013.
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Australia's Bureau of Meteorology added new colors to its weather forecasting chart to represent record-breaking heat Tuesday.
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Children in Australia are to be banned from blowing out candles on shared birthday cakes.
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A burned out area in Kinglake, northeast of Melbourne, Australia, shown on Feb. 8, 2009 after towering flames razed entire towns in southeastern Australia in the country's deadliest fire disaster
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Australia's Andrew Symonds (centre) and Harbhajan Singh (right) of India during the Second Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Umpire Steve Bucknor (left) has been suspended from the Third Test
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In Australia's Northern Territory, Aborigines represent 30% of the population but 80% of those imprisoned
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Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard, left, and opposition leader Tony Abbott
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Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaks during an address to the Lowy Institute in Sydney on July 6, 2010
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TV host Steve Irwin and his wife, Terri, with a nine-foot female alligator at his Australia Zoo in Queensland, Australia.
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Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Canberra makes a national apology to the forgotten Australians and former child migrants on Nov. 16, 2009
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Australia's endangered Southern Cassowary, the world's second largest bird after the Ostrich, can do a fair job of protecting itself, but the country's environment minister,
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Indians living in Australia protest in Melbourne on May 31 to demand more protection of Indian students from violence
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John Howard, Australia's Prime Minister
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Retief Goosen of Australia gestures after putting on the 3rh green during the third day of competition at the 105th U.S. Open Championship at the Pinehurst Country Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina, June 18, 2005.
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Most of Australia's residents live on the coast.
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Lleyton Hewitt of Australia celebrates after defeating Pete Sampras
Indonesian foreign minister Natalegawa criticized Australia during a joint press conference with John Kerry
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Justin Bieber performs on Nov. 27, 2013, in Brisbane, Australia
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Taylor Swift on Dec. 14, 2013, in Melbourne, Australia.
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Heifers near Echuca, a town in the north of Victoria state, Australia, on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010.
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Open woodland of Black box (Eucalyptus largiflorens) in Southern Australia.
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Iranian asylum seekers who were caught in Indonesian waters while sailing to Australia, sit on a boat, at Benoa port in Bali, Indonesia, May 12, 2013
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The current flag of Australia
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Adam Scott, of Australia, celebrates after a birdie putt on the 18th green during the fourth round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Augusta, Ga.
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This baby echidna, also know as a puggle, was born at the Australia Zoo in August to parents Tippy and Prickle.
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Two-year-old Ruben Lucas of Australia and his great grandmother Dot Brown look at a display showing the nativity scene in Palisades Park in Santa Monica, California December 12, 2011
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Detainees walk inside the Immigration Detention Center on Christmas Island, Australia, on Feb. 25, 2012
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Kevin Rudd smiles as he sits in parliament during question time in Canberra, Australia, Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Marshall skis down from the summit of Australia's highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, in October 2011 with an Air Force flag flying from his pack.
A man finds a 12-pound gold nugget just outside of Ballarat, Australia.
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Scenes Of The Cairns Region on November 15, 2012, Australia.
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A proposed cigarette packet, to be introduced under Australia's cigarette plain-packaging law.
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Juvenile Tasmanian devils feed on some meat at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia.
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Robert Hughes speaks at an event in Sydney, Australia, Nov. 1, 1999.
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Nick Cave appears in Sydney, Australia.
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Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia
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A tourist poses in front of the Sydney Opera House in Australia
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"In play:" Australia's Andrew Symonds
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Customers at an Internet cafe in Sydney, Australia, on March 24, 2010
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Volunteers sweep mud behind a flood-damaged store in Ipswich, Australia, on Jan. 14, 2011
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A security guard looks out the window of Australia's Reserve Bank in Sydney in February 2005
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Lifelines of a dry land, Australia's rivers have stories to tell
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A saltwater crocodile, near Darwin, Australia.
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Pope Benedict XVI waves as he departs Australia at Sydney Airport on July 21, 2008.
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A resident evacuates his flooded home by kayak in Bundaberg, Australia, on Dec. 29
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Local residents clear away the mud from their flooded home in Brisbane, Australia, Friday, Jan. 14, 2011
Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman star in Baz Luhrmann's Australia
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This image provided by NASA shows Tropical Cyclone Yasi as it approaches Queensland, Australia, Wednesday February 2, 2011
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Tasmanian Devil patrols his enclosure at the National Zoo in Canberra, Australia.
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An Aboriginal family on the reserve of Bagot in northern Australia, 1964.
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An eastern quoll pictured in Cradle Mountain National Park in Tasmania, Australia
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An iceberg reaches Macquarie Island, 930 miles southeast of Tasmania, Australia, on Nov. 16
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A homeless man sleeps on the steps of the Reserve Bank of Australia in Sydney on Sept. 30, 2008
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Robert Hughes reflects on his native land: Australia.
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A photo taken in August 1980 shows Lindy Chamberlain holding her daughter Azaria in Australia's Northern Territory
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Roy and HG pose with skier Zali Steggall of Australia
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Australian firemen fight a bush fire in Pymble, New South Wales, Australia
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Sailors aboard the HMAS Darwin stand in formation on October 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard inspects the burnt remains of the Dunally school in southeast Tasmania, Australia, Jan. 7 2013.
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Sarah Hyland at the Modern Family Media Call at The Sebel on February 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia
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A Japanese soccer fan dives into Doton-bori river to celebrate Japan's qualification for the World Cup finals in Brazil, after the 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Australia, in Osaka, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo June 4, 2013. Asian champions Japan became the first side to qualify for the World Cup finals in Brazil when playmaker Keisuke Honda scored an injury-time penalty to claim a 1-1 draw with Australia in Saitama on Tuesday.
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Diver swimming by coral and tropical fish at the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia.
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Lorde performs for fans at the Splendour In The Grass Festival on July 28, 2013, in Byron Bay, Australia
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Tony Abbott, left, with Governor General Quentin Bryce after being sworn in as the 28th prime minister of Australia on Wednesday.
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Kevin Rudd speaks to the media following a leadership ballot for the Labor Party at parliament in Canberra, Australia, Wednesday, June 26, 2013.
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In this Sept. 7, 2013 file photo, Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott arrives on stage to deliver his victory speech in Australia's national election in Sydney