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Australian Birthrate Up: "Doing Patriotic Duty"

Thu Sep 29, 2005 10:16 pm

Australians do ‘patriotic duty’: Birthrate up
Rate rises after official urges citizens to have ‘one for your country’


Reuters
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9509847/

CANBERRA, Australia - Treasurer Peter Costello urged Australians to “do their patriotic duty” and have more children but it seems they were doing it anyway, just for fun. A new study shows the birthrate hitting its highest level in seven years.

A study by Australian National University demographer Peter McDonald showed the country’s birthrate at 1.77 per woman in 2004, its highest level since 1997. McDonald believes the rate will stay around 1.8 for the next 5-10 years.

“We’ve been calling for policies to support work and family for several years, and also there’s been a great deal of discussion about, ‘if you wait too long, there’s a chance that you won’t have the baby’,” McDonald said.

“That kind of public discussion has been pretty prominent and I think that has had its effect,” he said. During a budget speech in May last year, Costello urged Australians to have more children, telling couples to “have one for your husband, one for your wife and one for your country.”

Costello’s comments came as this country of 20.3 million people struggles to deal with an aging population. The government’s Productivity Commission has forecast that one in four Australians will be aged over 65 by 2045.

Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:54 am

Greg -

Thanks for that !

So just how do Sam & Carolyn fit into the scheme of things ?

Fri Sep 30, 2005 11:00 am

ColinB wrote:Greg -

Thanks for that !

So just how do Sam & Carolyn fit into the scheme of things ?


What was that quote from another thread?......oh yes......He positions his pointer and presses his mouse :oops: :wink:

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Fri Sep 30, 2005 11:01 am

Rusty -

You wrote:
He positions his pointer and presses his mouse


Err.......... it was his 'cursor' actually.

Fri Sep 30, 2005 11:10 am

ColinB wrote:Rusty -

You wrote:
He positions his pointer and presses his mouse


Err.......... it was his 'cursor' actually.


Sorry Colin for mis-quoting you :oops: :wink:



:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Fri Sep 30, 2005 11:18 am

Rusty -

It's OK !

That Sam doesn't know his 'pointer' from his 'cursor' anyway !

Fri Sep 30, 2005 12:28 pm

There is no truth in the rumour I am planning to emigrate to Australia. :wink:

Fri Sep 30, 2005 5:19 pm

In the USA, if it wasn't for the huge influx of immigrants (reported this week to be more illegal than legal), President Bush might also
be admonishing Americans to also "get patriotic." :wink:

Post-Christian Europe, too, should get cracking. From what I've read, native Europeans (that is, excluding immigrant Turks, Africans,etc.)
just aren't replacing themselves anymore.

Is that true or just rumor?

In any event, you all now have your mission...! :lol:

Fri Sep 30, 2005 8:20 pm

Greg

The situation in Europe is much worse than in the US:

List of countries and territories by fertility rate

Sat Oct 01, 2005 3:03 am

Carolyn -

Hey, hold on !

I simply asked how you two, as Australians, fitted into the scheme of things.

I wasn't suggesting you were a couple or anything.

Sat Oct 01, 2005 3:16 am

Yes, Carolyn and my whole family are great friends.
8)

Colin
On the other side of things.... I'm always ready to do my patriotic duty!!!


:D

Sun Oct 02, 2005 12:38 pm

Sam, that would make you like the fa-mouse President :

Happy with the action taken but not pleased with the results :roll:
You're doing a heck of a job Sammy :D

Sun Oct 02, 2005 1:10 pm

This is scary... :shock:

They say, the Germans dying out. We ain't no great patriots due to our history... :roll:

And at the moment we have no real goverment, as the elections didn't come to a good result. :roll:

Mind you, Australia sound okay to me, soon as the unemployment is rising skyhigh in Germany. 8)

And USA would be okay aswell, if they wouldn't have that... guy from Texas... whathisname... :roll:

But most of all... does one have to end up with children for a patriotic reason? Isn't showing the good will and a lot of practicing enough??? :oops: :D :wink:

Sun Oct 02, 2005 1:38 pm

All this makes me wonder: what about over-population?
There are over 6.000.000.000 people and that number is increasing fast.

Mon Oct 03, 2005 9:11 pm

Did somebody say "practice"...? 8) :lol:

Lawdy, Lawdy, Miss Clawdy :!: :wink:

Mon Oct 03, 2005 10:56 pm

Luuk wrote:There is no truth in the rumour I am planning to emigrate to Australia. :wink:


and?

Mon Oct 03, 2005 10:58 pm

Torben wrote:Greg

The situation in Europe is much worse than in the US:

List of countries and territories by fertility rate


The Vatican I think its the one with less rate ... :oops:

Mon Oct 03, 2005 11:08 pm

Cute, but alas, it's not listed.

Seriously, I wonder how long before European nations follow the road of
Australia's new "things to do list"...or will you fool yourselves into thinking that Turks,
Africans, Southeast Asians,etc. are just fine as say, a native Swede, French, German, Italian, etc? Except for maybe the UK, I wander
how "multiculturalism" will really work out in Europe.

I'm as liberal as the next guy, but let the composition of your country change too much and one is
guaranteed to feel the ramifications in policy, if not just culturally.