In each survey or census, people are asked to identify if they are Indigenous.
What may appear to be slow progress or steady outcomes for the whole Indigenous population may be masking worsening results.
Here in the business and economy team at The Conversation, we love charts. This year we've made plenty of good ones with academics.
Unless governments tackle the housing affordability crisis, the poorest Australians will fall further behind.
Rising housing costs are hurting low-income Australians the most. The gap in home ownership between rich and poor is widening, house prices are rising fastest at the bottom and rental stress is rising.
Financial control is a form of abuse and includes controlling access to household money, such as not having access to bank accounts.
Emotional and economic abuse in relationships are often intertwined as people who insult and shame their partners will also try to control their income and assets.
There are few options left for the asylum seekers remaining on Manus Island.
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There are about 400-600 people in the now-defunct regional processing centre refusing to move to recently built transit centres in Lorengau – but these numbers shift daily.
Many workplaces do not make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees.
Australia has the highest poverty rate in the OECD for people with a disability. The barriers to, and discrimination in, the workplace are part of the reason.
Young Australians still remain locked out of the housing market as the wealth disparity grows across generations.
Australia is becoming wealthier, but much of that wealth remains concentrated in the hands of older generations.
More than 50% of Australians think drugs should be cleared for use before they’ve completed clinical trials.
Most Australians value science. But we do have some hesitations about the pace of scientific advances, and we're not sure if scientists are prestigious or not.
Despite public perception, figures indicate that white collar workers are more likely to be a member of a union than people working in traditionally blue collar professions.
Union membership continues to fall, particularly within industries that traditionally claim a strong union heritage.
Pokie losses in Australia’s pubs and clubs increased fourfold between 1990 and 2000.
While fewer people are gambling on the pokies, the amount of money lost per gambler has remained relatively constant over time.
The incidence of liver cancer is increasing and has the potential to become a national health crisis.
While other cancer rates fall or remain static, liver cancer is on the rise. Here's why we need to start paying attention.
Firearms are not the main weapon of choice in homicides in Australia.
When it comes to homicide rates, the outlook for Australia is positive with continued reduction in the homicide rate. However, challenges remain.
The NBN’s multi-technology mix seems unlikely to deliver the same internet quality to everyone.
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The National Broadband Network was meant to provide greater equity of digital access. So far, it's not looking good.
Part-time employment will likely still be concentrated in industries such as accommodation and food services in the future.
Even though the shift towards part-time employment has actually been happening for many years, it now appears to be slowing.
The prison system is tasked with several purposes: punishment, deterrence, protection and rehabilitation.
The largest increases in Australia's prison numbers have been in remand, Indigenous and women prisoners.
Australian consumption of chicken and pork both now far outstrip beef, mutton and lamb.
Total meat consumption per capita in Australia has been stable since the 1960s but the type of meat consumed has changed significantly. Chicken and pork both now far outstrip beef, mutton and lamb.
Weight loss surgery carries some risks.
Of the 22,713 weight loss operations performed in 2014-15, about 90% were performed in private hospitals, highlighting the difficulty in accessing this type of surgery through the public system.
Generally, people under 40 have reported a decrease in recent illicit drug usage since 2001, while people 40 or older have reported an increase in recent years.
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The proportion of population who use legal and illegal drugs has remained stable or trended down. Fewer young people are using, but the proportion of older people using drugs and alcohol has grown.
The vast majority of cranes are used to build apartments.
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About 84% of cranes in Australia are used on residential sites, with commercial projects making up 5% of crane activity. Health, education, infrastructure and recreation projects make up the rest.
The number of fibre connections increased to more than 1.4 million connections, which is an increase of 122% in the year between December 2015 and December 2016.
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ABS figures show that Australia's appetite for faster broadband is growing apace.