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 :
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