Daily Archives: April 12, 2016

Number of Australians born overseas hits record level


The ABS has concluded that more than a quarter of Australians were born overseas. PHOTO: westender.com.au

Greece doesn’t feature in Top 10

New figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show the highest number of Australians born overseas in more than a century.

“Australia has traditionally had a high proportion of migrants, but we’ve now hit a peak not seen since the late 1800s,” said the ABS’s Beidar Cho.

The statistics are accurate as of June 30, 2015 and show that approximately 28.2 per cent of the current population was born overseas, but surprisingly Greece didn’t make the Top 10.

Taking out the top spot is the United Kingdom, where more than 1.2 million people, or 5.1 per cent of the population was born.

New Zealand came in at second, with more than 611,000 people or 2.6 per cent of the population born in the neighbouring region.

Asia dominated next with 2 per cent of the population (481,000 people) born in China, followed by a jump in Australian residents born in India with figures standing at more than 432,000.

“The number of Australian residents born in India has almost tripled over the last 10 years and residents born in China have more than doubled in this time,” said Ms Cho.

Also making the Top Ten were there the Philippines (236,400), Vietnam (230,200), Italy (198,200), South Africa ( 178,700), Malaysia (156,500) and Germany (125,900).

While there was an increase in migration from the Asian region, according to Ms Cho the figures also demonstrated a drop in migration from long-established cultural groups in Australia, such as Italy.

“Migrants born in Italy, for example, had a median age of 64.7 years in 2005. This increased to 69.3 years in 2015 – indicating a drop in recent migration and the ageing of existing migrants,” she said.

“On the other hand, migrants from our Asian neighbours, such as India, have seen a reduction in median age from 37 years in 2005 to 33.4 years in 2015.”

The ABS also noted a decrease in Australia’s net number of migrants in 2014-2015, with 168,200 people venturing Down Under – 18,200 less than 2013-2014.

source:neos kosmos

SBS secures UEFA Champions League for the next three years


SBS has secured the exclusive free-to-air broadcast rights for the next three seasons of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) in an agreement with beIN Sport.

SBS has been the proud broadcast partner of the UCL since its inception in 1992 and is pleased to have locked-in another agreement, which will allow SBS to continue bringing the best club football coverage in the world to Australian audiences.

“SBS is pleased to work with beIN Sport as their exclusive free-to-air partner for the UEFA Champions League,” SBS Director of Sport, Ken Shipp said.

“Football is becoming increasingly competitive in the Australian market – so we’re delighted that we’ve secured the rights for another three years,

“International sport is at the heart of SBS and reflects our unique Charter by connecting our diverse communities. SBS really loves Football, so we look forward to continuing our free-to-air coverage of the Champions League.”

The selection of the Live games is determined by the rights agreement and SBS will endeavor to broadcast relevant matches. The World Game online and social media sites will deliver highlights of all UCL matches.

The action gets underway with the play-off first leg LIVE on SBS ONE, SBS HD and online, Wednesday 19 August from 4.30am.


Socceroos’ 2018 World Cup qualifying path unveiled

The Socceroos will renew its rivalry with Japan in the final round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying after the draw was conducted by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) tonight in Kuala Lumpur.

The Socceroos will renew its rivalry with Japan in the final round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying after the draw was conducted by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) tonight in Kuala Lumpur.

The Socceroos will face Iraq, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Japan in the 10-match home-and-away series with a place amongst the world’s best 32 teams in Russia up for grabs.

Meet the Socceroos’ WC qualifier opponents

Australia will kick off its Group B campaign with a home clash against Iraq on Thursday 1 September 2016 with this stage of World Cup Qualifying coming to an end in September 2017.

The top two teams from both groups will progress directly to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with the two 3rd-placed countries facing off home and away in the Asian play-off on 5 and 10 October 2017.

The winner of the Asian playoff will then face a CONCACAF nation home and away on 6 and 14 November 2017 for the final place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou, who attended the draw in Kuala Lumpur along with FFA CEO David Gallop, said: “It’s good to know the draw so we have a clear picture of what is in front of us from a football and logistics perspective to qualify for the World Cup,” Postecoglou said.

“Over the last two years we have built up a very strong portfolio of information on most Asian nations and its players by having scouts at matches and tournaments all over Asia so the players go into every match well prepared. That information will be sharpened and expanded now we know that we face Japan, Iraq, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.

“As Champions of Asia we will show due respect to all countries but focussed on continuing our journey that has aspirations greater than simply qualifying for the World Cup.”


Socceroos 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers:

Match Day 1 – HOME – Thursday, 01 Sep 16 – Australia v Iraq

Match Day 2 – AWAY – Tuesday, 06 Sep 16 – UAE v Australia

Match Day 3 – AWAY – Thursday, 06 Oct 16 – Saudia Arabia v Australia

Match Day 4 – HOME – Tuesday, 11 Oct 16 – Australia v Japan

Match Day 5 – AWAY – Tuesday, 15 Nov 16 – Thailand v Australia

Match Day 6 – AWAY – Thursday, 23 Mar 17 – Iraq v Australia

Match Day 7 – HOME – Tuesday, 28 Mar 17 – Australia v UAE

Match Day 8 – HOME – Thursday, 08 Jun 17 – Australia v Saudia Arabia

Match Day 9 – AWAY – Thursday, 31 Aug 17 – Japan v Australia

Match Day 10 – HOME – Tuesday, 05 Sep 17 – Australia v Thailand

*Venue and kick off details will be confirmed at a later date.


Newcastle:Hook in the hand prompts call for action on hairtail fishers


KATHY Williams admits that when an angler’s fish hook lodged in her hand on the boardwalk near Honeysuckle Drive, all she suffered was a “minor, minor injury”.

But she says a principle is at stake.

Ms Williams, of Carrington, walks to work along the boardwalk and, last week, was caught by a hook as a fisherman cast off near Lee Wharf.

“It is a minor, minor injury, but when you’re dodging at least 50 to 70 rods it’s dangerous,” she said.

“That walkway is utilised by a lot of people – families, people on bikes.”

The crowds chasing the migrating hairtail to Newcastle have thinned in the past fortnight, but anglers still trickle to the harbour’s edge to fish into the night.

Ms Williams said she had contacted the boardwalk’s owner the Hunter Development Corporation, the Department of Primary Industries and the police about the hook incident.

Hunter Development Corporation general manager Bob Hawes said the bumper hairtail season had been “unprecedented from our point of view”.

“It’s not an easy one,” Mr Hawes said.

“We would implore users of the area to respect the laws and the rights of other people.”