November 18th 2000

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QUARANTINE: Apples decision set to rile city electorates

EDITORIAL: IVF unlimited - time to call a halt

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Vote rigging - the ripples widen

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Don’t bank on the banks


LAW: International Criminal Court - Parliament by-passed


Straws in the Wind

INTERVIEW: Democracy needs a "virtuous" society - George Weigel

ECONOMICS: Globalisation - what it is, what it isn’t

ASIA: Taiwan enters uncertain waters

COMMENT: Australia before multiculturalism

Reading the trends

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Reading the trends

by Professor A.H. Pollard

News Weekly, November 18, 2000
* 60 per cent of the Australian Defence Industries (ADI) workforce - about 1600 people - are employed outside the eastern capital city sites, generating $315 million in revenue in 1999-2000.

Using multiplier factors, an additional 4500 to 6000 jobs are estimated to have been generated, boosting local economies.
Newcastle has 325 employees generating $44 million in revenue, Benalla 310 employees and $75.2 million revenue, Bendigo 322 employees and $52.9 million revenue, Lithgow 125 employees and $10.9 million revenue, Perth 104 employees and $27.2 million revenue, Albury 44 employees and $6.8 million revenue, Woomera 28 employees and $4.9 million revenue.

* The population of the North Coast of New South Wales is forecast to grow by 20 per cent by 2016 while in many inland areas of NSW, the population is expected to fall, Barraba by 62 per cent, Moree Plains by 50 per cent, Armidale by 30 per cent.

* Centrelink cancelled or reduced payments in 254,634 cases after conducting 2.3 million compliance reviews in 1999-2000. Savings of $17.4 million a week were identified along with debts totalling $293 million. There were 2881 convictions for fraud involving $27.1 million.

* In Silicon Valley there are 350000 American, 9000 Taiwanese and 5000 Indian PhDs. One third of all technology start-ups in California are led by Asians.

* 454 doctors in the Venice region of Italy under investigation for "providing treatment" to 15,000 long-dead patients - many died more than 15 years ago. The doctors are accused of continuing to claim an annual allowance, charging for prescriptions, and making home visits.

The doctors’ association explanation: "A doctor does not necessarily know when his patient is dead."

- Australian Economic Trends prepared by Professor A.H. Pollard
for the Lumley Corporation (November 2000)

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