TAKE A LOOK IN THE MIRROR
Australia is becoming more diverse and less Christian, according to the 2016 census results, released yesterday. Despite the numerous problems plaguing the data collection, the Australian Bureau of Statistics stands by its data, which reveals just 50.7% of people in Australia have two Australian-born parents, down from 54% in 2011 and 57% in 2006. And immigrants from China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia combined outnumber those born in England, New Zealand and mainland Europe combined, though England and New Zealand remain the top countries of origin, with China third.
Australia is also far less Christian -- and less religious in general -- than it has ever been. For the first time those ticking the "no religion" box (26.9%) outnumbered Catholics (22.6%), with those without religion representing the plurality of Australia. All Christian faiths combined accounted for 51%, then plenty of daylight and Islam at 2.6% and Buddhism at 2.4%.