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Glenn - The Census Expert

Glenn is our resident Census expert. After ten years working at the ABS, Glenn's deep knowledge of the Census has been a crucial input in the development of our community profiles. These tools help everyday people uncover the rich and important stories about our communities that are often hidden deep in the Census data. Glenn is also our most prolific blogger - if you're reading this, you've just finished reading one of his blogs. Take a quick look at the front page of our blog and you'll no doubt find more of Glenn's latest work. As a client manager, Glenn travels the country giving sought-after briefings to councils and communities (these are also great opportunities for Glenn to tend to his rankings in Geolocation games such as Munzee and Geocaching).

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3 Responses

  1. Matt Moran says:

    Yes, our geography is such that we have a habitable land area about the size of NZ (but around 6x the population).
    Population density on it’s own is at best misleading as it doesn’t consider resources, the state of the environment, population policy, relative quality of life (or access to services), but perhaps more broadly, food, water, energy, job, housing and biodiversity security. For a good starting point on why we’ve settled where we have, Dr Chris Watson (former soil scientist of the CSIRO, has mapped our best soil and rainfall patterns and shown where they overlap).

    Perhaps as another key observation, countries with better population with smaller, stable populations tend to fare better in all meaningful respects.

  2. Molly says:

    good post

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