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Many reasons behind people experiencing homelessness

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 25 January: The Australian Bureau of Statistics (quoted by ABC News) says there were 116,000 people homeless on census night in 2016. Homeless means one who does not have a home and there could be many related situations.

According to Inspector Craig Peel (Melbourne East) in 2016 Victoria had 24,000 homeless and the city has about 200 plus such people. They might not have a home or with complex mental or old age issues. They include; families with children, young people, older people, single adults, people with disabilities, people in regional and rural Victoria and people in urban neighborhoods.

Inspector Peel says these people should not be given money and with about 903,000 weekly visitors to the city, the work with the homeless is a 24/7 operation. These people are not our enemy but the streets have to be kept clean and wrongdoings are not accepted, he says.

Inquiries reveal many community organizations (many getting hefty funding from the state government) have no role or don’t play a role in ending homelessness.

People experiencing homelessness are entitled to welfare payments and the Council of Homeless Persons and the Salvation Army among others give a helping hand to these people passing difficult times without a home.

SBS National Languages Competition 2017 for school students

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BY SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 17 July: Nearly 1.3 million people have migrated to Australia during the past five years, with a substantial

increase in the number of people who speak a language other than English at home.* Reflecting

on Australia’s growing multicultural society, SBS hopes to inspire young minds by contributing to

language retention with a nationwide competition.

To celebrate a love of learning languages, the SBS National Languages Competition, is back

for 2017 and it is bigger and better. In its inaugural year, the competition received close to 20,000

entries in partnership with the Community Languages Association (CLA) and with participation

only from CLA students. This year, the nationwide initiative is open to all school students

across Australia, who are learning a language other than English. Young Australians, aged four

to 18 years, can enter the SBS National Languages Competition 2017 online by going to

sbs.com.au/NLC17. The competition will be live from 9:00am on Monday 24 July, 2017 until

midnight on Friday 1 September, 2017.

With a guardian/parents’ consent, participants will need to create a 30 second video summarizing,

“What learning a language means to me?” in a language other than English. The more creative

the better and entrants can choose to sing, enact, dress up in national costume, or simply

describe their love for languages. Once the video is uploaded, they will also be required to fill in

an entry form along with an English transcript explaining the video content.

SBS Director of Audio Language and Content, Mandi Wicks, said: “As one of the world’s most

multicultural and multilingual broadcasters, SBS Radio is proud to run this fantastic competition to

encourage young Australians to explore and celebrate their language learning. The competition

will highlight Australia’s cultural and linguistic diversity and we look forward to receiving many

entries from children showcasing their language skills for their chance to win.”

Entrants are categorised into four groups: Junior Primary (Aged 4 – 7); Primary (Aged 8 – 12);

Junior High School (Aged 13 – 15); Senior High School (Aged 16 – 18). There are four grand

prizes, one winner from each age category, who will each receive an iPad Pro 12.9 inch 256GB

for the winner and one for their school. The winner along with one guardian will also be invited to

the awards ceremony to be held at SBS in Sydney; along with a full day pass for two to Luna Park

in Sydney.

* Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Census of Population and Housing.
Source: SBS Media release.

Census reveals a fast changing, culturally diverse Australia

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Census reveals a fast changing, culturally diverse Australia

By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 28 June: The results of the Census 2016 announced reveal a fast changing, ever-expanding, culturally diverse Australia. The data released on June 27 clearly indicates the decline of religion and an Asian resurgence with newest migrants coming from China and India.

In communities across the country, there is an increasing variety in terms of country of birth, languages spoken, whether people are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, and religious affiliation (or secular beliefs). The Census captures these characteristics and highlights the rich cultural diversity of Australian society.

The 2016 Census shows that two thirds (67 per cent) of the Australian population were born in Australia. Nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians had either been born overseas (first generation Australians) or one or both parents had been born overseas (second generation Australian).

While England and New Zealand were still the next most common countries of birth after Australia, the proportion of people born in China and India has increased since 2011 (from 6.0 per cent to 8.3 per cent, and 5.6 per cent to 7.4 per cent, respectively).

Of the 6,163,667 people born overseas, nearly one in five (18 per cent) had arrived since the start of 2012.

In 2016, 83 per cent of the overseas-born population lived in a capital city compared with 61 per cent of people born in Australia. Sydney had the largest overseas-born population.

In 2016, there were over 300 separately identified languages spoken in Australian homes. More than one-fifth (21 per cent) of Australians spoke a language other than English at home. After English, the next most common languages spoken at home were Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, and Vietnamese. Tasmania had the highest rate of people speaking only English at home with 88 per cent, while the Northern Territory had the lowest rate at 58 per cent.

Meanwhile, the number of people identifying as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin is on the rise, increasing from 2.5 per cent of the Australian population in 2011 to 2.8 per cent (or almost 650,000 people) in 2016.

The latest Census data highlights that Australia is a religiously diverse nation, with Christianity remaining the most commonly reported religion (52.1 per cent of the population). The Islamic population with 2.6 per cent of the total population was the second largest religion, Buddhism (2.4 per cent), Hinduism (1.9 per cent), Sikhism (0.5 per cent) etc. The total non-Christian population is 8.2 per cent.

Of the Christian population Catholics (22.6 %), Anglicans (13.3 %) and other Christians are 16.3 per cent.

The Atheist Foundation of Australia told news.com.au it was time to stop pandering to religious minorities and to take religion out of politics.

AFA president Kylie Sturgess said political, business and cultural leaders needed to listen to the non-religious when it came to public policy that’s based on evidence, not religious beliefs.
“This includes policy on abortion, marriage equality, voluntary euthanasia, religious education in state schools and anything else where religious beliefs hold undue influence,” she said.

While the clear majority of Australians reported a religion, the ‘No Religion’ count increased to almost a third of the Australian population between 2011 and 2016 (22 per cent to 30 per cent). No religion was the most common individual response in the 2016 Census.

Australian Statistician David W. Kalisch said Census data is high quality, thanks to the participation of Australians.

“The Independent Assurance Panel I established to provide extra assurance and transparency of Census data quality concluded that the 2016 Census data can be used with confidence,” Mr Kalisch said.

“The 2016 Census had a response rate of 95.1 per cent and a net undercount of 1.0 per cent. This is a quality result, comparable to both previous Australian Censuses and Censuses in other countries, such as New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

“Furthermore, 63 per cent of people completed the Census online, embracing the digital-first approach and contributing to faster data processing and data quality improvements.

“2016 Census data provides a detailed, accurate and fascinating picture of Australia, which will be used to inform critical policy, planning and service delivery decisions for our communities over the coming years,” he said.

Census data is available free online. Use one of our easy tools such as QuickStats and Community Profiles to access the latest data for your area or topic of interest.
For more information on Australia’s cultural and linguistic diversity, go to Reflecting Australia – Stories from the 2016 Census. You can also attend one of our free Seminars. To find out more about Census Data Seminar series, or to register, go to the ABS website.

18 million registered motor vehicles in Australia

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By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 21 July: Australia has over 18 million registered motor vehicles in 2016, which is an increase of 2.1 percent since last year. This includes over 16 million cars and light commercial vehicles. The number of diesel-powered vehicles registered in has increased by more than double that of petrol-powered vehicles in 2016, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The annual snapshot of all vehicles registered for use on Australian roads shows that the total number of vehicles fueled by diesel increased by 293,217, in comparison to 114,337 petrol powered vehicles added to the Motor Vehicle Register since 2015.

The increase in registrations of diesel fueled vehicles was driven by passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles, which together accounted for 95 percent of the overall increase from 2015 to 2016.

Since 2011, the number of registered diesel fueled vehicles in Australia has increased by close to 60 percent, says the ABS.

The 2016 Motor Vehicle Census details the number of registered motor vehicles in Australia and provides information such as vehicle type, vehicle characteristics including the year of manufacture, and type of fuel used.

- SAT News Service.