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Budget Paper 1994-95 No.6 Northern Territory Economy



Budget Paper 1994-95 No.6 Northern Territory Economy

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Tabled Paper 2156


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Barry Coulter


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Population Figures 1.1 and 1.2 show that the Territory population increased rapidly during the early 1980s before easing in recent years, when the growth rate became com parable to that occurring nationally. In the T errito ry , du rin g 1992/93, the level o f n a tu ra l in c rease rose by 11.9% (to 3 078 p erso n s), w ell above the 15 y ea r av erag e annual g row th ra te o f 4 .1% . The level o f net o v erseas m ig ra tio n co n tra c te d in 1992/93 (dow n 4 1 .8 % ), la rg e ly re f le c tin g recen t C om m onw ealth G overnm ent po licy to p ro g ressiv e ly reduce aggregate im m igra tion . N et in te rs ta te m ig ra tio n w as n eg a tiv e in 1992/93 (dow n 1 981 p erso n s), fo llo w in g a dec line o f 1 286 perso n s in 1991/92. H ow ever, th ere is u n ce rta in ty w h e th e r the cu rren t ABS m eth o d o lo g y accu ra te ly acco u n ts fo r net in te rs ta te m ig ra tio n , fo r exam ple , it is u n c lea r w h e th e r th ese es tim a tes ad eq u a te ly re flec t m ovem en ts in d efen ce fo rce p erso n n el and th e ir dependan ts . Growth from natural population increase in the Territory has been consistently above that for any other State or Territory and m ore than double the growth rate for A ustralia as a whole. Evidence suggests that the rate o f growth from natural increase is concentrated in the Aboriginal 2

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