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This was thwarted in 1974 when Ellice Islanders voted to separate from the Gilberts to become Tuvalu in 1975. Independence was declared on 1 October 1978 with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. tv. This generated $50 million in revenue from royalties paid by domain name owners. Funds have been used to upgrade roads and airports and provide electricity to the smaller islands. The most critical problem facing Tuvalu is rising sea levels as a result of global warming. It is possible some atolls could be submerged in the near future.
It is possible some atolls could be submerged in the near future. Approaches have been made to Australia and New Zealand to assist by taking some of Tuvalu’s population as immigrants. Australia provides around $11 million in aid to Tuvalu annually. Most goes to the Tuvalu Trust Fund to develop financial management skills and plan for climate change. A patrol boat has been provided for surveillance. Tuvaluans can work on fruit harvesting in Australia under the Seasonal Worker Program. Australia’s High Commissioner in Fiji handles diplomatic relations with Tuvalu.
Whaling ships Allied troops. Roads, airstrips, began arriving in the early 1800s, deepwater ports and other followed by Catholic missionaries. infrastructure were developed. Influenced by the missionaries In 1959 the islands became a A traditional dancer at and European traders, the islanders self-governing French Overseas Sigave in western Futuna Territory, ending New Caledonia’s control. The Catholic Church set up the Legislature Unicameral Type of government colony’s education system, which it still manages today.
Australia's Pacific Neighbours by Elizabeth Onslow