Articles by Simon Kuestenmacher

Simon Kuestenmacher is one of Australia’s leading demographers, co-founder of The Demographics Group, a regular media commentator, a columnist for the Australian and one of the world’s Top 50 Influencers in Data Science.
www.SimonKuestenmacher.com


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With all the lockdowns happening in Australia, it is very hard to keep a positive, optimistic, future-focused perspective. Of course we need to remember that compared to all other areas of the globe we are managing pandemics extremely well. Oceania has 35 COVID deaths per 1 million residents. This compares to around 15,000 COVID deaths…

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15The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated! Mark Twain We need to talk about the death of Australian manufacturing. It’s a story that is often being told in the news. “Yet another factory closure! “Ford leaves the country! “No manufacturing jobs are left in Australia! “At the heyday of manufacturing in Australia in the…

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Today the 7.6 million Millennials in Australia are the largest demographic force. As a generation, they outnumber  Gen Z and Gen X by about a million people. They outnumber the large Baby-Boomer generation by about two million people now. There’s no other generation that will have such a huge impact on the 2020s as the…

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Australia won’t see high population growth at pre-COVID levels for years. This is a problem for many sectors. Our education system is underwritten by international students, our residential construction sector depends on a steady stream of new residents needing to be housed and all the highly skilled jobs that our economy created couldn’t possibly have…

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