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20 MILLION AUSTRALIANS
This led to a net population increase of one person every 2 minutes and 4 seconds. Using these figures, ABS demographers projected that Australia's population would hit the 20 million milestone on 4 December, 2003.
To mark the occasion, Treasurer Peter Costello, the minister responsible for the ABS, spoke at a special event at ABS House in Canberra. He was joined by distinguished academic Professor Graeme Hugo from the University of Adelaide, and the Australian Statistician, Mr Dennis Trewin.
It is not possible to identify exactly who the 20 millionth person would have been. It could have been a newborn baby, a new migrant to Australia, or an Australian citizen returning from living overseas. However, in the spirit of the event, the ABS has offered a congratulatory 20,000,000 certificate signed by the Australian Statistician to all babies born in Australia over a 48 hour period between 12:00 midnight 3 December 2003 and 12:00 midnight 5 December 2003. It is anticipated that around 1,400 babies will be eligible for the certificates.
Parents may apply for a commemorative certificate on behalf of their newborns by sending a photocopy of the child's official birth certificate (issued by the relevant Australian State or Territory Registrar or Births, Deaths and Marriages) showing the child's full name and date of birth, and return address details to:
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Locked Bag 10
BELCONNEN ACT 2616
Requests for certificates can be made up until 30 June 2004. The 20,000,000 certificates are a celebration gift from the ABS and are not an official birth certificate and cannot be used as proof of identity.
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