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Australia Day: statistics to celebrate or not

26th January is a controversial day. What should we celebrate?

After New Years, the Australian Flag starts to be seen in the supermarket shelves and the plans for the Australia Day long weekend start to be made. Australia Day is celebrated on 26th January, when first English ship arrived down under. It’s a day of celebration for some people and a sad day for others.

The aboriginal culture is considered one of the oldest in the world and they call Australia Day Invasion Day. It’s a day of protests where the Aboriginal people appeal for a change of the holiday date. You can check out some photos of the recent protests on Instagram using the hashtag #changethedate.

I believe Australia Day should be a date of celebration for all the people that live here, no matter where they are from. For me, Australia Day is a date to reflect and think why I decided to spend a period of my life in this country. Also, to think about what I have learned since August 2017, the day that I set foot on this land for the first time. That is why I decided to highlight some interesting statistics about equality and welfare. 

Australia values equality and respect for differences. But 28% of the prison population is Aboriginal. On the other hand, the total Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Australia aged 18 years and over in 2018 was approximately 2%.  – according to the Australian Bureau of Statics.

Australia is considered to be one of the world’s major ‘immigration nations‘ (together with New Zealand, Canada and the USA) and 35% of the Australian Population was born overseas.  – according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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Australia has 226 languages. After English, the most popular ones are Italian, Greek, Cantonese and Arabic.  – source: Who we are – David Dale (I did a book review in another blog – check it out: http://imigrands.com/cultura-aussie-nao-sabia/)

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The unemployment rate remained steady at 5.0%, occupying the 17th position on the global ranking. Ahead countries as Canadá and Sweden.

Around 18% of our population—4.3 million Australians—had a disability in 2015. In 2016, 31% (more than 1.2 million) of children aged 0–12 attended an approved child care service.- according to to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

More than 800,000 Australians were supported by homelessness agencies between 2011–12 and 2015–16. In 2015–16 alone, 279,196 clients were supported, representing 1 in 85 Australians (1.2% of the total population).  – according to to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Australia is a multicultural country, full of opportunities for all.

Are there problems? Yes, like any other country and there’s a lot of room of improvement related to immigration, welfare and equality.

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Gabriela Damaceno
Gabriela Damaceno

Gabriela is journalist and publisher at Vitamin Sea. She’s a curious, adventurous girl who enjoys visiting new places and being in touch with different cultures. She’s already called Florianópolis, Buenos Aires and now Brisbane home, having visited more than ten countries. She’s passionate about the ocean and sharing inspiring stories.

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