Population futures in the Australian desert, 2001-16

Population futures in the Australian desert, 2001-16 Journal Article

Australian Geographer

  • Author(s): Taylor, J.
  • Published: 2003
  • Volume: 34

Abstract: “Population estimates are rarely constructed for ecological regions. The recent establishment of a Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) generates a need for such estimates. This paper obliges by presenting Indigenous and total population projections for the Australian desert to 2016. The desert is found to be a region of relatively low population growth in national terms, contrary to the experience of many other parts of non-metropolitan Australia where population decline is prevalent. Also noted is the markedly different growth observed for the Indigenous and non-Indigenous components of the desert population, with the former projected to increase much more rapidly over time. It is likely that virtually all of the increase in the desert population over the next 15 years will arise from natural increase among Indigenous peoples. As a consequence, the Indigenous share of the regional population is projected to rise from 20 per cent in 2001 to 24 per cent by 2016, with attendant consequences for social and economic policy.”

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Taylor, J., 2003, Population futures in the Australian desert, 2001-16, Volume:34, Journal Article, viewed 17 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4308.

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