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November 2016

Only in the US of A?

An interesting thing about election day in the USA is that citizens not only vote for a new President but Congress and Senate public officials as well. In many cases, they also vote for a range of state and local government officials and issues – such as whether to raise taxes to pay for public transit.

As pointed out by the excellent National Public Radio (NPR), “One of the unheralded national stories from Election Day is just how well trains and buses did at the ballot box, as voters in dozens of cities approved local tax increases to expand and improve public transit.”

Yes, you read correctly, citizens of Seattle, San Francisco Bay Region, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Indianapolis/Marion County and Raleigh/Wake County (North Carolina) voted overwhelmingly to pay more taxes to invest in expanding public transport services. This is funding that will come directly out of local residents' pockets, not via federal taxes from Washington.

The article states, “Transit didn't just win in big cities and blue states... Voters approved referendums to boost spending on transit in more traditionally car-centric cities, too, including measures for new rail and bus rapid transit in Raleigh, N.C., public transportation projects in Charleston, S.C., and transit expansions in Columbus and Toledo, Ohio, and Indianapolis, among other cities.”

I’d love to know how these questions were asked on the ballot papers. Perhaps we could also learn more about how the citizens of these places were engaged in order to conclude that firstly, they want better public transport (no brainer); and secondly, that they are prepared to pay for it!

Author Ivan

Population trends

Has the baby boom ended?

 
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The number of births in Australia appears to have peaked. In 2015, there were 305,377 births registered, representing a fertility rate of 1.81. Although this was an increase from the number of births recorded in 2014, the fertility rate remained largely unchanged. What else does the latest data tell us?
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Ageing population

How has Western Australia’s population aged over time?

 
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One of the more effective ways to demonstrate changes in the composition of the population is to look at the age structure over time. Observations that span a generation or more show where the population has come from, and where it is today. We all know about the ageing of the population, but what other changes can be observed over time?

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Mythbusting

The problem with over-generalisations

 
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The media has been reporting comments made by the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. It is his view that former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser made a mistake in including Lebanese-Muslims in the Special Humanitarian Program migration stream in the 1970s. His reasoning was that the majority of those who have recently been charged with terrorism-related charges (22 of 33) have been of a Lebanese-Muslim background. But is it unfair to aim such comments at community when based on 22 of its members?

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Inside .id

.id community sites get a facelift

 

 

Every year, over 1.5 million users access .id’s community information websites. 

In an effort to make our community of demographic websites more intuitive, we’ve been working on some new updates we are excited to share with you. Our User Experience Designer, Mike Dunbar has been spending time talking to our clients and watching how they navigate through our sites. Based on his discoveries, we’ll be rolling out some changes over the next few months to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. 

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Final word

So, who voted Trump?

 
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While many around the world are still coming to terms with new American president-elect Donald Trump, some are asking: Who voted for Trump?

What does the data tell us about the voters in America?

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