Australia Has Boom in Babies

Brittany Stack and Darryl Passmore, Sunday Telegraph, January 1, 2012

Australia is in the grip of a mini birthing boom with a record 300,000 babies born in the past 12 months.

According to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 150,300 babies entered the world in the first six months of 2011 and predicted that figure would at least double with statistics showing more babies are born in the latter part of each year.

The birthing explosion will eclipse the 250,000 births recorded at the peak of the original baby boom in 1961.

Social demographers attribute the increase to our growing population, which is expected to reach 23 million sometime in July.

Despite the record number of births to date, Australia’s fertility rate still remains low, signalling only an echo of the post-war baby boom—or mini baby boom.

The fertility rate at the height of the boom in 1961 peaked at 3.5 babies per woman, compared to just 1.89 in 2010.

Social analyst David Chalke said the birth rate had increased in recent years but was still below replacement level.

“Part of what you’ve got now is another echo,” he said. “After many, many years of decline since the ‘60s, the birth rate has picked up a touch, but most of that is to do with women in their 30s recognising their 40s rushing up on them and it’s now or never.

“(From) 1946 to the early ‘60s was the first baby boom, then about 25 years later you get the echo of that first boom, in other words, the children of the first baby boomers are starting to have their kids.”

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  • O7h7on

    But is this a boom of white or non-white babies??

  • Anonymous

    And they’re all standing in line at the Indonesian, Maylaysian and Chinese embassies to fill out the paperwork to get their new passports

    • Sheila

      My thoughts exactly.  This article quite deliberately avoids breaking down the births by race and ethnicity.  The boom is undoubtedly more Chinese, Malays, and Muslim immigrants having lots of little anchors and working hard to outbreed White Australians,  to ensure they eventually control the country Whites built from the ground up.

    • Anonymous

      I live in Australia. From what I’ve seen, I would say that this increase in fertility rates actually does appear, partially at least, to be driven by an increase in white births. The vast majority of migrant groups actually have fertility rates below the average, for example, you mentioned Chinese. The fertility rate of people born in China is 1.38, compared to the average of 1.9. Australia’s fertility rate started increasing after the introduction of the baby bonus, and this was driven by a substantial increase in births in higher socioeconomic areas. So that generally means an increase in white births.  I have seen many white families with newborns and 2-3 children. For example, I personally know an Italian-Australian family who welcomed their fifth child last year.

  • Pagan_mama

    The original baby boom was  about 90% white, How many of of these babies are white?

  • Bardon Kaldian

    Fertility is low in White and (East) Asian countries, and high in African & Islamic ones. Wiki has a nice presentation (a few years lag doesn’t alter the situation): http://goo.gl/5a8Cg