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15 Things You Didn't Know About the Australian Economy

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- I come from the Land Down Under. If there's one takeaway from my time in the U.S. (other than fried equals delicious), it's that we Australians are better known for our koalas, kangaroos, kookaburras and crocodile-wrestling residents than, say, our economic prowess.

But through 2014, Australia's economy will be front and center as the nation chairs the G20, setting the agenda of its yearlong presidency and culminating in the ninth summit of the heads of government in Brisbane on Nov. 15-16.

To better equip for the year ahead, swap the Stars and Stripes for the Southern Cross, don your cork hat and wind the clocks forward 16 hours. Here's a crash course in the 15 things you may not have known about the Australian economy.