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“42 surprising facts about Australia according to McCrindle Research and ABS. HOW much do you know about the country you live in? Not enough according to renowned demographer and social commentator Mark McCrindle.
“Most everyday Australians couldn’t tell you what our current population is,” he tells news.com.au. “They feel the effects of growth on their lifestyle and hip pocket but they don’t know the actual number.”
If you think it is 21 million, you’d be wrong. It’s much closer to 24 million now and it’s growing by 500,000 a year.
That figure might surprise you and it’s certainly not the only number worth a second glance.
Western Australia grows by more people every 48 hours than Tasmania adds every year (500 people).
There are almost 100,000 more women than men in Australia and there are more people in Sydney born in China than England.
These are just some of the amazing truths about our rapidly changing country that ‘stat men’ like Mr McCrindle are privy to.
“They tell us a lot about who we are as a nation,” he says. “Australia is not like Europe which has a pessimistic view of itself or America that has an optimistic view of itself, we just have no view of ourselves and we need to understand who we are as a country again.”
So who are we?
Well, if you look at the numbers, we’re the Anthony Milford of the Queensland origin team. Not quite the half back star but certainly an impact player being talked about for the future.
“The last five years have seen unprecedented change economically, generationally and technologically and most experts agree that Australia has weathered the storm well,” says McCrindle.
But we have all the best ingredients.
“Our climate, mid-sized population, education, proximity to Asia, historical connections with the likes of America and England, our entrepreneurial spirit and most of all our diversity yet unity in our communities mean the future looks good as long as we continue to plan for the growth,” he adds.
The best way to plan for the future is to take stock of where we are so here are the latest facts about our country as pulled together by McCrindle research and ABS.”
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