The world will probably reach 10.4 billion in the 2080s, then begin to fall; wihtouth immigration, the replacement rate is 2.1 children per woman—Australia’s current birth rate is 1.794 per woman.


Casey Briggs writing in ABC News, makes the following points:
  • An ageing population puts pressure on the tax base, potentially changing how and where government funds are spent.
  • Many ‘mundane ‘jobs are likely to be automated, freeing up workers for growing service/health industries.
  • The Philippines, India, Pakistan and parts of Africa account for over half the population increase.


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