Mixed blessing in latest statistical snapshot of Australia
The latest Bureau of Statistics snapshot of Australia brings mixed blessings. The ABC is reporting we want fewer babies and more education. The West Australian is reporting there is "a return to old-style values with a revival of interest in communities and a levelling out of declining birth rates".
Australia's fertility rate (at 1.75 per couple in 2002) is now around half what it was at the peak of the post-WWII baby boom. Despite this, the population of the nation is expected to increase to about 26 million people by 2050.
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ABC Australians choose education over children: ABS
The West Australian More babes for happy families
16 Jun 2004