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1 Australia in planet Asia How will we be living in an Asian century? Annual conference of the Geography Teachers’ Association of S.A. Saturday June 9 th 2007 Presenter: Roger Smith

2 Let’s start at home If the world were a village of 100 people villagers would be Asian (of that, 20 would be Chinese and 17 would be Indian), 14 would be African, 11 would be European, 9 would be Latin or South American, 5 would be North American, and none of the villagers would be from Australia, Oceania, or Antarctica. At least 18 villagers would be unable to read or write but 33 would have cellular phones and 16 would be online on the Internet…

3 Let’s look at that again! If the world were a village of 100 people villagers would be Asian (of that, 20 would be Chinese and 17 would be Indian)…and none of the villagers would be from Australia…

4 What is a good term for the Asia part of the world village! The majority world

5 Australia’s neighbours

6 Interest in Asia in Australia Recently sighted on the website for the Western Australian shire of Albany!

7 Interest in Asia in Australia There are more than 500,000 ethnic Chinese in Australia who have mainly come to this country in the last 40 years!

8 South Australia & China

9 South Australia & South Korea

10 South Australia & uranium mining

11 South Australia & students from Asia

12 Interest in Australia in Asia Asia is more interested in Australia than most Australians realize. For example the Taiwan newspaper Taipei Times & the Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post, in early May 2007, both carried articles covering Senator Bill Heffernan’s apology to Federal Opposition Deputy Leader Julia Gillard.

13 Interest in Australia in Asia

14 World’s current population is 6,598,721,723 According to the United States Census Bureau as of the 1 st June 2007.

15 China’s current population is approximately 1.31 billion According to the United Nations

16 India’s current population is approximately 1.10 billion According to the United Nations.

17 Population of the Major World Regions of the World, 1950, 2004 and 2050 (Percentage Distribution) Source: UN Population Division, World Population Prospects: The 2002 Revision (2003) and Population Reference Bureau 2004

18 What image most represents China in your mind? The country is now officially estimated to have 100 million mobile phone users! Note: it is likely to be 500 million by 2010

19 Does communications technology represent the greatest threat to the present Chinese Government? It is now technologically impossible to control texting on mobile phones (as well as tracking & checking the identity of all of China’s bloggers).

20 Would you like to find out more about China and what questions to ask in your geography classroom? Go to: to order a full version of this presentation. This version also contains activities on population issues relevant to Senior School Courses e.g. SA – Stage 2 Geography

21 What image most represents India in your mind?

22 What image most represents Mumbai in your mind? Perhaps it’s the name This city of 18 million, and growing, is India's financial centre and a huge metropolis. It is a city of:  gaudy Bollywood movies  packed-to-bursting trains  stunning colonial architecture  grime and green  smiling, head-nodding dabbawallas (the delivery men who bring thousands of home-cooked meals to offices & return the empty containers)

23 Would you like to find out more about India and what issues are relevant to your geography classroom? Go to: to order a full version of this presentation. This version also contains activities on population issues relevant to Senior School Courses e.g. SA – Stage 2 Geography

24 Let’s now look at Australia’s population What is life like for us now? What is life likely to be in an Asian century ?

25 OR to express it another way!

26 Let’s look at our own country How could we describe Australians’ lives, loves and leisure at the moment? How will we describe Australians’ lives, loves and leisure in the year 2020 or 2050?

27 If the classroom felt like a field trip What population topics would we cover?  Total numbers  Migration  Life expectancy  Birth rate  Employment & unemployment  Wages & salaries  Wealth  Housing  Health  Leisure & recreation

28 If the classroom felt like a field trip Let’s frame these topics as questions:  How many of us are there?  How many of us are recent migrants?  How long are we living?  How has our birth-rate changed?  How much do we earn?  How is our wealth shared around?  How are we housing ourselves?  How many of us live in houses we own?  How healthy are we?  How many of us are working?  How are we working?  How many of us have adequate leisure & recreation facilities near to where we live?

29 How many of us are there?

30 Australia’s current population is approximately 21 million According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics - our population increases by one person every 2 minutes and 11 seconds.

31 How many of us are recent migrants?

32 How long are we living?

33 Life expectancy in Australia In , figures released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) showed that life expectancy at birth for the average Australian man increased from 75.9 years in 1998 to 77.8 years in For average Australian woman the respective rise was not as great – from 81.5 years to 82.8 years.

34 How has our birth-rate changed?

35 How much do we earn?

36 According to the ABS Average Weekly Earnings Australia February 2007 All employees - $ (Annual total - $44,517.20)

37 How is our wealth shared around?

38 How are we housing ourselves?

39 Australian communities ‘Residents only’ In Australia the population in ‘secure estates’ is approx. 100,000 plus The concentration is highest in south-eastern Queensland – Sanctuary Cove was established 20 years ago! Five star retreats – constructed around golf courses, man-made lakes, marinas, tennis courts & swimming pools – gatehouses with uniformed staff or automatic gates operated by swipe cards or key codes At the other end – unprepossessing clusters of inner-city townhouses

40 How many of us live in houses we own?

41 How will we live? What will be the built environment in which we live?

42 Q1 building Gold Coast Queensland

43 Hume LGA – a case study from Victoria

44 Would you like to find out more about this case study of Melbourne’s Hume LGA and what issues are relevant to your geography classroom? Go to: to order a full version of this presentation. This version also contains activities on population issues relevant to Senior School Courses e.g. SA – Stage 2 Geography

45 How will we work? What will be the built environment in which we work?

46 What will be the built environment in which we work? The ACF’s 60L green building – Carlton Dramatic savings in water usage, use of recycled & low allergenic materials, zero use of timber from non-sustainable sources, reduction in use of ozone producing chemicals

47 How healthy are we?

48 How healthy are indigenous Australians?

49 How best to improve the health of the Aboriginal population? As Australia celebrates the 40 th anniversary of the 1967 referendum that recorded an overwhelming vote to end discrimination against Aboriginal people…they can still expect a lifespan nearly 20 years shorter than their fellow Australians. This is despite progress made in other comparable countries. Some crucial health measures have barely improved in the past 30 years.

50 How many of us are working (OR not working)?

51 How are we working?

52 Bell Bay – a case study from Tasmania

53 What type of jobs are people doing? Bell Bay-a case study from Tasmania In early 2005, Bell Bay, in northern Tasmania, was chosen as the site for Australia's biggest pulp mill. In that year the timber company Gunns Limited announced the site for its $2-billion project. The company plans to build on the site of its existing woodchip mill, on the eastern shore of the River Tamar, 36 kilometres from Launceston. The preferred site is planned to produce 800,000 tonnes of air dried pulp per year. The project has received strong support from the Tasmanian Labor Government.

54 Would you like to find out more about this case study of Bell Bay and what issues are relevant to your geography classroom? Go to: to order a full version of this presentation. This version also contains activities on population issues relevant to Senior School Courses e.g. SA – Stage 2 Geography

55 Comparing the data for two capital cities – Melbourne & Adelaide

56 Comparing the data for two Melbourne LGA’s – Housing in Melbourne & Moreland

57 Comparing the data for two Adelaide LGA’s – Leisure & recreation facilities Port Adelaide-Enfield & Norwood-Payneham-St Peters

58 Would you like to find out more about population issues in Australia and what questions are relevant to your geography classroom? Go to: to order a full version of this presentation. This version also contains activities on population issues relevant to Senior School Courses e.g. SA – Stage 2 Geography

59 Let’s return to where we started

60 In the year 2050 it is estimated that the world’s population will be: 9 billion

61 PREDICTED POPULATIONS India, 1,628m (2) 2 China, 1,437m (1) 3 United States, 420m (3) 4 Indonesia, 308m (4) 5 Nigeria, 307m (9) Source: PRB (2004 position in brackets)

62 In the year 2050 it is estimated that Australia’s population will be: 17 million (the “zero option”) 25 million (the “status quo option”) 32 million (the “aggressive option” – mainly immigration) Based on A CSIRO study

63 And the BIG issue relevant to all population studies – global, national & local

64 Global greenhouse gas emissions per year at the moment!

65 And in the future?

66 Would you like to find out more about future population issues in the world and what questions are relevant to your geography classroom? Go to: to order a full version of this presentation. This version also contains activities on population issues relevant to Senior School Courses e.g. SA – Stage 2 Geography


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