Wantima

Subtitle

Statistics

Indigenous Australians in contact with the colonists were enumerated at many of the colonial censuses.

When the Australian Federation was formed in 1901, the new Constitution contained a provision (Section 127), which said: "In reckoning the numbers of the people of the Commonwealth, or of a State or other part of the Commonwealth, aboriginal natives shall not be counted."

In 1967, a referendum was held which approved two amendments to the Australian constitution relating to Indigenous Australians. The second of the two amendments deleted Section 127 from the Constitution.

The Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics interpreted of the of Section 127 was that "aboriginal natives" were to be excluded from published tabulations of population. Aboriginal people living in settled areas were counted to a greater or lesser extent in all censuses before 1967.

The first Commonwealth Statistician, George Handley Knibbs, obtained a legal opinion that "persons of the half blood" or less are not "aboriginal natives" for the purposes of the Constitution. At the first Australian census in 1911 only those "aboriginal natives" living near white settlements were enumerated, and the main population tables included only those of half or less Aboriginal descent. Details of "half-caste" (but not "full-blood") Aborigines were included in the tables on Race. Details of those "full-blood" Aborigines enumerated were included in separate tables.[10] This practice was followed in all subsequent censuses up to 1966.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Census_in_Australia

Queensland

2001 Census of Population and Housing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Demography

Office of Economic and Statistical Research

http://www.oesr.qld.gov.au/products/briefs/census-2001/atsi-demography-c01.pdf

2006 A statistical overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia
Australian Human Rights Commission
http://www.humanrights.gov.au/publications/statistical-overview-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-peoples-australia

2006 PDF Census Overview

2008 A statistical overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia: Social Justice Report
Australian Human Rights Commission
http://www.humanrights.gov.au/publications/statistical-overview-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-peoples-australia-social

2008 PDF Overview

2011 Population trends and projections in the Cairns and Far North Region by Ross Baker
Office of Economic and Statistical Researcher

2011 PDF Overview

Australia

1971     Indigenous Australians included in the census count.

1996     17,892,423 people were counted in Australia on census night.
             Of these 342,864 people identified themselves as Indigenous Australians.

2001     18,972,350 people were counted in Australia on census night.
             Of these 410,003 people identified as Indigenous Australians.

2006     19,855,288 people were counted in Australia on census night.
             Of those 455,031 people identified as Indigenous Australians.

Topics @ a Glance - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Population
http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/c311215.nsf web/aboriginal+and+torres+strait+islander+peoples+-+population


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