How to use the ‘S’ word to describe an Irish person
By Mark Smith This article was first published on November 13, 2017 and updated on December 6, 2017 to reflect the fact that a new report from a University of Queensland study has found that there are fewer Irish people living in Australia than previously thought.
The study by researchers at the University of Adelaide found that the number of Irish people in Australia was reduced from a peak of about 2.6 million in the early 1990s to just over 700,000 in 2016.
This has led to concerns that the population is not growing enough and that there may be an undercount of Irish Australians living in regional Australia.
The researchers found that this could be a reflection of the fact the population growth has slowed since the early 2000s and because of the migration wave that followed.
“A population census is a valuable method for monitoring population trends but, when we have been measuring population growth and trends over time, it is possible that the census measure may underestimate the true population,” Dr Brian Leventhal from the University’s School of Population and Human Biology said.
Dr Leventhal said that this has led the researchers to conclude that the numbers of Irish and non-Irish Australians in Australia were actually undercounted.
He said that the results of the survey also suggest that the overall population is increasing in Australia, but there are people in regional areas who are not part of the census population.
In fact, Dr Leventha said that if you were to compare the census data to the Australian population as a whole, you would find that the proportion of Irish residents in regional Queensland was less than the proportion in the overall Australian population.
The researchers said that in the future, the research could be used to determine how the population change was related to the immigration wave.
They said that there were also other questions about the accuracy of the population census that need to be answered.
“In light of the research, it has been suggested that it is important for the Australian government to undertake a census of Irish persons in regional regions as well as the overall national population,” the report said.
“It is therefore important to understand whether or not there is a difference between the census estimates and the population figures for the whole of the Australian states.”
The report was conducted by the School of Public Health and Population at the university and included interviews with 1,058 people in the Brisbane region.
Its findings were released today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
In response to the research being released, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection said the Department was not aware of any changes to the Census Bureau’s Australian population estimates and said it was a priority to increase the number and diversity of Irish community-based services in regional communities.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the department was also working with the ABS and the Australian Institute of Population to increase services for the community.
Australian Labor senator Sam Dastyari said that while there were “no hard numbers” to say the population of Australian people was decreasing, there were questions to be asked about whether this was a result of the increased immigration.
Dastyari, who represents Brisbane in the Senate, also said that he was concerned that there could be an increase in the numbers in regional and remote areas.
“It is certainly a concern that a number of the Irish people who live in Queensland are not being counted,” he said.
“That is why the Queensland government is committed to increasing services for Irish people.”
The ABC understands that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is preparing to release its results of its census of census population estimates for the year 2017.