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Canberrans live longer but don’t breed

By 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?

What’s Your opinion?


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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 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 1:11 pm 21 Jun 07

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

Maelinar 12:59 pm 21 Jun 07

Absinthe Drinker Gaz ?

Senator Gaz 12:20 pm 21 Jun 07

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 10:03 am 16 Feb 07

Bring back the lechery.

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 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 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 3:24 pm 15 Feb 07

umm I mean breeding

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 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 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.

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