Australia recently announced that its population has breached the 20 million mark reaching about 21 million in a recent official census. Western Australia was the fastest growing state in terms (both in population and economy).
News.com reported that “immigration accounted for 56 per cent of Australia’s growth, while 272,900 births minus 134,800 deaths made up 44 per cent of the increase.” This is a welcome news here in Australia as there were fears before that the country might suffer Japan’s predicament of having an aging population. The Australian government has placed incentives for couples who decide to have a child giving a “baby bonus” of about Aus$4000 for a baby (dead or alive) and an additional weekly support (if alive).
On a personal note, I can personally say that the booming economy here in Western Australia is definitely felt at the household level. Almost everybody (even as young as 12) has a chance to land a job whether part-time, casual or full-time. Now, this is an economy working.
Back home, the Philippines has breached the 90 million mark. A July 2007 estimate was placed at 91,077,287. I can personally say also that my family back home are not feeling the fruits of the economic growth that the country is apparently achieving.