By Erica Richard
In 1901 such a lot Australians have been unswerving, white topics of the British Empire with direct connections to Britain. inside 100 years, following an unprecedented immigration software, its inhabitants was once the most different on the earth. No different state has accomplished such radical social and demographic swap in so brief a time. Destination Australia tells the tale of this remarkable transformation.
Against the percentages, this variation has prompted minimum social disruption and stress. whereas immigration has generated a few political and social anxieties, Australia has maintained a reliable democracy and a coherent social cloth. one of many amazing achievements of this booklet is in explaining why this is able to be so.
Eric Richards recounts the studies of many person migrants from world wide, examines the dramas and demanding situations of officers excited about this grand scan and finally ends up telling a really extraordinary tale. Compelling and revealing, Destination Australia is largely the Australian tale of the 20 th century.
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Every five years more than 7 million people were changing their places of residence – more than 43 per cent of the population. 33 Australia in the new century spent a rising percentage of its GDP on its health, which was marginally better than in most OECD countries. But its birth rate had declined further in the 1980s and 1990s, and this affected general psychology in a way reminiscent of the debates about the birth rate in 1900. There was continuing biological fear for the future reproductive capacity of the nation.
Australians agreed with current British ideology that To view this image, please see the print version of this book TA Coghlan (1855–1926): influential statistician and chronicler of the nation’s progress. At the time of Federation he was deeply concerned about falling birth rates and the low rate of population growth. 28 One hundred years later In the following hundred years the greatest single change in Australia was the quintupling of its population. The continent in 2001 not only accommodated vastly more people than at any previous time but supported them at a living standard beyond any expectation in 1900.
In the light of the huge international surge in migration it is clear that Australia was very late in the competition for migrants and had indeed set its face against the main flows out of southern and eastern Europe. There was resistance to Australian recruiting in Great Britain, some of which was attributed to an improvement in labour conditions and keener competition from other dominions. Parts of the Irish press simply refused to publish Australian advertising and Scandinavian newspapers warned about Australian blandishments.