Shock population figures

The article is based on a Federal Government report (1998). The article is a little ambiguous as to where the data in the early section of the article came from as further in the article it mentions the ABS but not in the first data examples. (This could be pointed out as a literacy issue for students when reading journalistic reports.) Therefore these first figures may need to be taken with a grain of salt. This article could also be linked with the SOSE key learning area in relation to the impact of reduced migrant intake, the lower fertility rate and the impact that these factors would have on our society.

Some of the mathematical springboards that this article could be used to explore include graphing, prediction, statistics and percentages.

(Written by Deborah Westerhof, BTeach student, University of Tasmania, 2001)

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