So Australia is now 23 million people strong! Or weak. Depending on the poll and how you interpret the results.
It got me in a statistical minded mood. Especially when I keep reading stuff about how the ALP has ‘stuffed’ the boom. You see, population is a very important factor. Hugely so.
It influences income tax revenue for governments, it dictates where spending is to be directed in regards to not only meeting services at a current level, but planning for services needed in the future. That is one of the reasons why they have census night amongst other things.
I consulted the interweb and discovered a rather interesting set of numbers. The population in 1996 according to the census taken on 6th August showed us there were 17,892,423 Australians that night. The results of the census of the 8th of August 2006 revealed that the number of Australians…
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