NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

4th March, 1904 : The population of Australia could be almost 1,000,000 higher if it were not for a drop in birth rate between 1864 and 1902, according to a report by New South Wales royal commission. NSW had “lost” 250,000. The report said artificial prevention of conception was common in all classes and had led to “defective morals and health”. It had grown greatly in the past 15 years. The report said hospital space should be increased to encourage child-bearing and that the Government should ban the sale of goods used for prevention.

The population of Australia is estimated to be 23,762,100 as of 2 March 2015 and out of that :

Language Speakers
Only English 15,581,333
Italian 316,895
Greek 252,226
Cantonese 244,553
Arabic 243,662
Mandarin 220,600
Vietnamese 194,863
Spanish 98,001
Filipino 92,331
German 75,634
Hindi 70,011
Macedonian 67,835
Croatian 63,612
Australian Aboriginal Languages 55,705
Korean 54,623
Turkish 53,857
Polish 53,389
Serbian 52,534
French 43,216
Indonesian 42,036
Maltese 36,514
Russian 36,502
Dutch 36,183
Japanese 35,111
Tamil 32,700
Sinhalese 29,055
Samoan 28,525
Portuguese 25,779
Khmer 24,715
Assyrian (Aramaic) 23,526
Punjabi 23,164
Persian 22,841
Hungarian 21,565
Bengali 20,223
Urdu 19,288
Afrikaans 16,806
Bosnian 15,743

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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  1. Bob Burban says:

    Can we surmise that the increase in hospital space has had a two-fold effect? A drop in moral turpitude and a healthy rise in population.

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