Population may hit 30 million by 2029: ABS

could add another five million people in the next 11 years, new statistics show.
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The country’s population is projected to reach 30 million between 2029 and 2033, the n Bureau of Statistics revealed on Thursday.

ABS demography director Anthony Grubb says the population could advance by five million in a quicker time than it did from 20 to 25 million.

Pushing ahead to 35 million could happen in 20 years’ time, while the highest possible projection for 2066 has the population at 49 million.

” could add a further 10 million to our current 25 million by the year 2043,” Mr Grubb said.

“However, under our higher range of fertility, mortality and migration assumptions, the population would reach 35 million five years earlier in 2038.”

The release of the figures comes at an interesting time following Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s plans to slash ‘s immigration cap.

Mr Morrison wants move new migrants to regional areas to avoid overcrowding in Melbourne and Sydney.

But the ABS figures suggest the percentage of people living in major cities will only rise.

Melbourne could jump to 6.2 million people by 2027 and make up 79 per cent of the state’s population, while Sydney would hang on as ‘s biggest city at 6.4 million.

But one projection has Melbourne toppling its northern metropolitan rival in population by 2031.

The projected population for Melbourne in 2066 is between 8.6 and 12.2 million, while Sydney’s would sit at 8.5 to 11.2 million.

Brisbane is set for a rise from 2.4 million to about three million by 2027.

A breakdown into states and territories revealed Queensland could hit six million by 2027, up from the current figure of 4.9 million.

The n Capital Territory will almost have a population the equal of Tasmania in nine years’ time, with the gap to be cut to as few as 35,000.

Modest jumps are predicted in the Northern Territory, Western and South in the next decade.

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Aussies to use lessons of World T20 pain

Meg Lanning says have the options needed to beat the Windies in their World T20 semi. are ready to employ lessons from their 2016 final defeat when they attempt to avenge that only-ever loss to West Indies in their Women’s World T20 semi-final in Antigua.
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The ns received a big boost in their bid to reach a fifth straight final when the tournament’s form player Alyssa Healy (concussion) got through a nets session unscathed and now faces only a final assessment hours before the match starts on Friday (7am AEDT).

The meeting will be the first between the two teams since the 2016 title match in India, where West Indies beat for the first time in nine attempts, chasing down 149 with three balls to spare.

It marked the Windies’ women’s first global trophy, and the first time since 2009 that the ns had dropped a women’s World Cup in either format.

“It did sting,” Healy told AAP of the 2016 final loss.

“Whilst it hurt a bit you’ve got to lose eventually. Unfortunately for us it was on the world stage in a big game.

“I think we’re just a more adaptable side now … That was an eye-opening occasion for us and (a lesson) for us to adapt and have a Plan B or C when teams are coming at us.”

That loss – combined with last year’s semi-final defeat to India in the one-day World Cup – sparked a change in ‘s approach to the short-form game.

Beth Mooney and Healy are given a license to hit at the top of the order, as is No.3 Ashleigh Gardner before the arrival of more conventional batting stars Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry.

But West Indies will field the same dangerous top order they had in Kolkata in 2016.

For the hosts, Hayley Matthews has a tournament strike rate of 142.59, while Stefanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin are as powerful as ever, having taken the game away from the Aussies two years ago.

Stopping them will be the job of quicks Perry and Megan Schutt, who have all gone at less than a-run-a-ball for the tournament armed with more variations in their game.

“It’s a new game tomorrow,” n captain Lanning said.

“They’ve got plenty of x-factors. Dottin has been playing extremely well throughout with bat and ball.

“We’re very wary of them, we know when they’re on they’re very hard to stop, and we expect them to be on tomorrow.

“We feel like we’ve prepared very well and have the options there if we need them.”

Meanwhile Healy’s inclusion will be vital for , given she’s been player-of-the-match in all three of the team’s wins in the tournament – averaging 78.50 at a strike rate of 160.20

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Hunter Hero: Top fundraiser Emily Taylor stayed sober to support twin

SISTERS IN ARMS: Emily Taylor raised $10,000 for Calvary Mater Newcastle where her twin sister, Christina Milojeski, is receiving treatment for cancer. Picture: Marina NeilGiving up alcohol for a month was“pretty hard” for Gateshead’s Emily Taylor.
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But the cause she contributedto put it all in perspective, she said.

“Christina couldn’t drink becauseof the medicationshe was on.

“I thought if peoplecan do it longer than a month, thenI’ll be fine,” she said.

“It was a challenge and you feel good in accomplishing that.”

The 29-year-old property manager decided to take upthe Dry July challenge after her twin sister, ChristinaMilojeski,was diagnosed with stage fourbowel cancer in April.

Through the campaign Ms Taylor raised almost $10,000 for Calvary Mater Newcastle’s cancer unit, where her sister was undergoing chemotherapy.

Ms Taylor said her mission was supported byfriends and family,as well aswork colleagues.

“Itgave people something to do to contribute,” she said.

“It was going to alocal hospital, so it’s actuallygoing somewherewhere they have been and wherethey may need to go in thefuture.”

The impressive amount put her in the top 10 fundraisers in forthe 2018 Dry July campaign, which allows participants to raisemoney for cancer-related projects of their choosing.

“We are extremely grateful for participants’ fundraising efforts and dedication,” Mark Jeffrey, general manager ofCalvary Mater said.

“Thissupport has enabled Calvary Mater Newcastle to fund projects and equipment that assistour patients, their families and carers, toward a more comfortable experience during andfollowing their cancer treatment.

“On behalf of staff and patients at Calvary Mater Newcastle, we would like to thank everyone who kindly participated in this year’s Dry July challenge and supported our hospital.”

The combined$111,950 thehospitalreceived from’smonth of sobriety has enabled the oncologyunit to buy updated equipment, includingnew chairs for the day treatment centre, and beginrefurbishment of the melanoma waiting room.

Ms Taylor said she hopedher sister would not have to use the new items.

“Yeah, she is doing really well,” she said.

MsMilojeskirecently underwent the procedure to removeher tumourafter five months of chemotherapy.

“Shehad her big operation onOctober 18. It was a massive success, they arepretty confident they got it all,” Ms Taylor said.

“She has an appointment with theoncologist next week tofind outif she has to havemore chemo at theMater.”

Ms Taylor saidat the end of Julyshe“felt good” about her achievement, and had a well-deserved beverage.

“I am partial to a Moscato.”

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Gilmore faces US duo in world title quest

Stephanie Gilmore will shoot for a seventh world surfing championship in Hawaii next week.American pair Sage Erickson and Alana Blanchard are the first obstacles in Stephanie Gilmore’s path as she aims to secure a seventh world surfing championship in Hawaii.
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Gilmore has been drawn against the two United States surfers in the opening round of next week’s season-ending Maui Pro.

If Gilmore reaches the semi-finals, she’ll claim the title and match Layne Beachley’s record of seven women’s world championships.

Gilmore, the defending event champion, holds a 6915-point lead over nearest rival Lakey Peterson in the title standings.

Blanchard, a former full-time tour competitor, is competing under a wildcard for the Maui Pro in what will be her first World Surf League event since giving birth to son Banks in January.

“I wouldn’t say I’m nervous but I’m just so excited and I need to settle down,” the 28-year-old said.

“It will be good to see everyone and to have the chance to surf such an amazing wave with just one other girl.”

Peterson has been drawn against fellow Americans Malia Manuel and Zoe McDougall in her opening heat.

The American must win the event to have any hope of forcing the world title into a surf-off.

The window for the Maui Pro begins on Monday AEDT, with Gilmore’s heat the third in the first round.

HOW THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE DECIDED

* Gilmore will win her seventh world title with a third or better at the Maui Pro

* If she finishes fifth or worse, Peterson must win the event to force a surf-off for the title

* In the event of a tie for any world title at the end of the season, the tied surfers will have a “surf-off” during the final event and the format will be determined by the Commissioner’s office.

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