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Australia’s population could hit 49 million by 2066

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Australia could add another five million people in the next 11 years, new statistics show.

The country’s population is projected to reach 30 million between 2029 and 2033, the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed on Thursday.

ABS Demography Director Anthony Grubb says the population could advance by five million in a quicker time than it did from 20 to 25 million.

Pushing ahead to 35 million could happen in 20 years time, while the highest possible projection for 2066 has the population at 49 million.

Just this week Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced he’s seeking to curb immigration.

Mr Grubb tells Ross Greenwood the forecasts are aggressive.

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