Population projection not so simple

December 20, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Mark O’Connor for this article from the Canberra times.

Journalists are a fairly innumerate lot. Many are, bizarrely, quite proud for it.

It is a dangerous state of affairs because it means they swallow virtually any set of figures without question.

Perhaps the only thing more dangerous is when someone in power does the same thing. And so it was a couple of weeks ago when Treasurer Wayne Swan launched the Australian Institute for Population Ageing Research.

He said, “The Intergenerational Report projects Australia’s population will grow by 65 per cent to reach over 35 million people in 2049, up from around 21 and a half million people now.

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