Australia 's An Diverse Population Spread Across Its Continent

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Australia has an incredibly diverse population spread across its continent, with the census clearly showing how they attempt to exclude racial taxonomy from their statistics. In 1980 Australia adopted a more concise way of identifying ethnicity by using several distinguishing characteristics:  a long shared history, the memory of which is kept alive  a cultural tradition, including family and social customs, sometimes religiously based  a common geographic origin  a common language (but not necessarily limited to that group)  a common literature (written or oral)  a common religion  being a minority (often with a sense of being oppressed)  being racially conspicuous. (Web) Australia’s census provides incredible detail to the specific race, origin, religious orientation, and even breaks down the financial health of the population. While each region/state has a concise breakdown of each ethnicity, Aboriginal people are in a separate ethnic group altogether (see tables below). Their classification process gives way to several immediate flaws and opens the floodgates to racial taxonomy. Religious affiliation, place of birth, language spoken, and cultural tradition for the purpose of ethnic identification. Additionally, the native Aboriginal people are accounted for in a separate category of the Australian population. People — cultural & language diversity demographics & education | cultural & language diversity Ancestry, top responses Victoria % 2006 % Australia
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