Tracey McArdle and Mark Ryan with their newborn baby boy Comhghan. Picture: Liam Kidston.
Tracey McArdle and Mark Ryan with their newborn baby boy Comhghan. Picture: Liam Kidston.

Population boom: Australia to hit the 25 million mark

A RUSH of overseas migrants is pushing up Australia's population faster than the rest of the developed world.

The number of people in Australia was expected to reach 25 million just after 11pm last night.

We've hit the milestone 33 years ahead of official predictions made by the Australian Bureau of Statistics a couple of decades ago.

And on current trends the number will pass 40 million before the middle of this century.

"It's not that they got their calculations wrong, it's that migration policy changes and longevity increases and a solid birthrate have defied the trends that were evident then," social demographer Mark McCrindle said.

Read the full story at the Courier Mail


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