Where in the world people live

This stunning map of population density around the world made the rounds of demographers on twitter this month.  As far as I can tell, it originated from the National Geographic.  They are doing a series of stories about the world’s …

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To stay the same, we have to change: the Pope’s retirement an example of increasing life expectancy

The frail 85 year old Pope Benedict’s decision to retire is a historic act that shows how much population dynamics have changed. And yet it also reflects just how institutions like the church, businesses and universities are actually run very …

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Regional youth in Australia: out of school and out of work

Since I have been posting on the status of youth in regional Australia, every second news item seems to be relevant. A case in point is the release of the second year evaluation of the National Partnership on Youth Attainment …

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Australian statistics: not quite at your fingertips

On the eve of this long Australian Day weekend I am taking a break from my posts on regional youth.  Instead I’m going to suggest how you can learn more about our country and win arguments with your mates about …

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An increase in teenage mothers in regional Australia

In a recent post I looked at the high rates of early child bearing in two regions of Western Australia.  I argued that this was in part due to lower school completion rates plus young women’s lack of engagement in …

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Regional youth and jobs: who is working at what?

After a few posts that outlined the disadvantages of Western Australian rural and remote youth, it is a relief to describe employment rates.  One can still discern patterns which may limit regional youth’s opportunities.  However, proximity to growing industries like …

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Constrained choices and early motherhood: young women in the regions

Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It’s about making life more fair for women everywhere. It’s not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It’s about baking …

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School completion rates in the region—and why it matters

Since WWII Australia has lagged behind other developed countries in school completion rates. That gap has been reduced but many young people are still not completing Year 12 or equivalent. The 2011 census found that 78% of 19 year olds …

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