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Census Time 100

This week marked the 100th Census for Australia. Australia has had a census (almost) every 5 years. Overseas countries tend to do it every 10 years. As a "young" country with high migration, the 5 year approach has been sensible. And now that the ABS data is free to all there is good information for the whole community.

The ABC has posted some cool apps at http://www.abc.net.au/news/specials/census-2011/ which shows some of the dramatic changes so far and the age group changes ahead of us. One of the alarming past changes (which FinDem has commented on in the past) is the proportion of population in cities. In particular we are now more concentrated in two cities (Melbourne and Sydney) than any other comparable developed country. Yet we have done nothing to develop fast rail to get satellite cities going and take freight of the roads and reduce pollution.

Posted Friday, 12 August 2011


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