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Alan Gray

Document: Discussion Paper

This discussion paper presents indicative projections of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population for a 20-year period from 1991. The 1991 base population has been reconstructed after adjusting for data problems evident in the age-distribution of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the 1991 Census count. The projection assumes zero net migration and accepts moderate declines evident between 1986 and 1991 in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fertility and mortality.

Document: Discussion Paper

The aim of this paper is to set out what can be determined about the three essential components of Aboriginal population growth in the 1991-96 period, and then examine, if any, the characteristics of the residual 'identification change'.

Document: Discussion Paper

The immediate aim of this paper is to describe the growth path of the Indigenous population during the period 1991-2001 and beyond. While it is possible to do this, it must be emphasised at the outset that the sizes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations remain unknown. Estimates in this paper are relative to the population size estimated by the 1996 Census.

Components of Indigenous population growth

Document: Discussion Paper

Non-Indigenous women contribute to Indigenous population growth when they form relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and bear children. The aim of this discussion paper is to assess this contribution more precisely.

Document: Discussion Paper

This paper presents social indicators of the Aboriginal population in the context of the rapid demographic change that has taken place in the population. The paper identifies the problem of Aboriginal data, the fuzziness of the definition of Aboriginality, the non-utility of a static population structure analysis as well as arguments over the exact size of the Aboriginal population in arriving at meaningful social indicators of the po