Chinese and Indians change face of nation

Stephen Lunn; 25/9/09; (2 Items)

The Chinese-born Australian population has increased nearly sixfold in the past 20 years and, along with Indian-born Australians, account for more than 550,000 people across the country. The two groups now comprise 10 per cent of the overseas-born population, up from just 3 per cent in 1988, evidence of Australia’s greater engagement with Asia in recent decades, a new Australian Bureau of Statistics report finds. Sydney is home to the majority of the Chinese population, while one-third of the Indians live in Melbourne. The report, Expanding Links With China and India, in the ABS’s quarterly Social Trends, released yesterday, also notes that studying in Australia is often the chosen gateway to residency.


One-child policy aborting our growth
Dan Ryan; 25/9/09
There are hundreds of children, thousands, millions, they’re two a penny far too many … – Children’s hymn by John Gowans. Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has no view on whether China’s one-child policy is a good thing or a bad thing. This viewpoint needs to change. It is incoherent, it makes no sense economically, it poses long-term strategic risks to Australia and it tarnishes the otherwise good name our country has in sticking up for human rights across the world. I must admit to not being particularly interested in the one-child policy for many years, but was prompted to think about the issue a bit more seriously after coffee with a Chinese colleague in Shenzhen last year. We were discussing his new daughter and comparing baby photos when he put it to me starkly: “You Australians are so lucky to be able to have the children you want. Why do you think we Chinese shouldn’t be able to have more children?”