Canberrans live longer but don’t breed

PB 14 February 2007 54

The ABS have released data that shows that in 2005 the ACT had the lowest total fertility rate of all the states and territories, with 1.65 births per woman. This means that a woman living in the ACT, if she were to experience the current age-specific fertility rates, could expect to have 1.65 children over the course of her reproductive life, compared with a rate of 1.81 births per woman nationally. Unfortunately the ACT birth rate has been below replacement fertility (2.1 births per woman) since 1975.

The good news is that ACT residents have higher life expectancy at birth than residents of other states and territories. A boy born in the ACT in 2005 could expect to live to 79.9 years, compared to 78.5 years nationally. A girl born in the ACT in 2005 could expect to live to 84.0 years, 0.7 years more than the national average (83.3).

Does this mean that you live longer if you have fewer kids?


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Isara Isara 3:07 pm 21 Jun 07

VicePope, I agree with your observations. I had to import the hotness from another country, due to the lack of suitable people for that close proximity action.

VicePope VicePope 1:28 pm 21 Jun 07

Just ambled into Civic. Reproduction is traditionally associated with …. errr …. activity involving close proximity to another. As a town we are (a) a bit aloof and protective of personal space and (b) totally not hot enough. I speak for myself as well.

Thumper Thumper 1:11 pm 21 Jun 07

Speaking of which, I think I may buy a bottle this weekend….

Maelinar Maelinar 12:59 pm 21 Jun 07

Absinthe Drinker Gaz ?

Senator Gaz Senator Gaz 12:20 pm 21 Jun 07

Thumper Thumper 10:06 am 16 Feb 07

Ah, akin to

“The rotting swan lay tepid upon the stagnant pool…’

Or words to that effect…. hehe

Maelinar Maelinar 10:03 am 16 Feb 07

Bring back the lechery.

wolfkeeng wolfkeeng 11:31 pm 15 Feb 07

Having been happily sterile (by choice) for many years now, this wonderful extropolation of stats is just more protection from the inevitable digs people have at me ’bout my child-free status. I can now confidently point out to those of child-bound status that they will, in fact, be worm meat long before me.
As for the bogun theme, not so sure… Have seen many a debt-ridden middle class family with 3 children of late. The baby bonus effect?
I have my towel and peanuts ready too, but Thumper, could you handle the poetry?

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 4:53 pm 15 Feb 07

As the great Bard said when talking of Alcohol and copulation:
“Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes;
it giveth the desire, but it taketh
away the ability: therefore, much drink
may be said to be an equivocator with lechery…”

Zizzo Zizzo 4:34 pm 15 Feb 07

Maybe Canberrians just don’t like kids…and like living until they are old…or perhaps it means kids are like a weak form of poison…

CouldExpire CouldExpire 3:24 pm 15 Feb 07

umm I mean breeding

CouldExpire CouldExpire 3:24 pm 15 Feb 07

ooo liking that recipe alot… something to try on the weekend I think!

Simto I think its why our chances of bredding cant be improved!

simto simto 3:18 pm 15 Feb 07

I’m sorry – is the use of excess amounts of alcohol meant to be improving our chances of breeding, or one of the reasons why we can’t?

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 1:27 pm 15 Feb 07

Ahh, the talk of absinthe… brings back the heady days of lying an a paralytic daze after half a bottle of Green Fairy. Best recipe I have come across, but can’t remeber the name:
1/2 cup of apple schnapps, 1/2 cup apple cider, 1 slice of apple, cinnamon, 2 shots of Absinthe.

put cider, schnapps in a glass, apple and cinnamon on top, add absinthe, set alight, drink.

bonfire bonfire 12:09 pm 15 Feb 07

absinthe and champers is a ‘hemingway’.

CouldExpire CouldExpire 11:44 am 15 Feb 07

well line them up – I’ll be brave and try it!.. hahaa

Thumper Thumper 11:25 am 15 Feb 07

Indeed, JB,

it is an interesting experience, and one I wholeheartedly urge everyone to try!

Thumper Thumper 11:24 am 15 Feb 07

I thought Absinthe and Champers was called ‘Murder in the Afternoon’

Absent Diane Absent Diane 10:49 am 15 Feb 07

“Premature Sudden Death in the Afternoon”

A large swig of absinthe from the bottle

johnboy johnboy 10:47 am 15 Feb 07

trust me it’s worse with the bubbles in the champers acting as an accelerated delivery system (the pressure forces the booze out of your stomach faster than it would otherwise and into the alcohol absorbing bowel)

and yes, very much like “being hit with a large gold brick wrapped in a slice of lemon”

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