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CRS — Ballistic Missile Defense in the Asia-Pacific Region: Cooperation and Opposition (April 3, 2015)

June 29, 2015 Comments off

Ballistic Missile Defense in the Asia-Pacific Region: Cooperation and Opposition (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)

The growing number and modernization of ballistic missiles in the Asia-Pacific region poses a security challenge for the United States and its allies and is thus a concern for many in Congress. The United States has made ballistic missile defense (BMD) a central component of protection for forward-deployed U.S. forces and extended deterrence for allied security. The configuration of sensors, command-and-control centers, and BMD assets in the region has slowly evolved with contributions from treaty allies, primarily Japan, Australia, and South Korea.

Observers believe that North Korea has an arsenal of hundreds of short-range ballistic missiles and likely dozens of medium-range Nodong missiles; the extended-range Nodongs are considered capable of reaching Japan and U.S. bases there. Longer-range North Korean missiles appear to be under development but remain unreliable, with only one successful test out of five in the past 15 years. The U.S. intelligence community has not yet concluded that North Korea can build nuclear warheads small enough to put on ballistic missiles, but there is significant debate among experts on this question.

AU — Mental Health Statistics, 2015

May 6, 2015 Comments off

Mental Health Statistics, 2015
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Psychological disability (cat. no. 4433.0.55.004)

This release focuses on psychological disability data collected in the 2012 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC). It presents an overview of psychological disability in Australia, including information on prevalence, coexisting conditions and impairments, assistance needed and received, and participation in education and employment.

Psychological disability refers to people who reported:

  • A nervous or emotional condition which causes restrictions in everyday activities that has lasted, or is expected to last for six months or more; or
  • A mental illness for which help or supervision is required that has lasted, or is expected to last for six months or more; or
  • A brain injury, including stroke, which results in a mental illness or nervous and emotional condition which causes restrictions in everyday activities.

Characteristics of people using mental health services and prescription medication (cat. no. 4329.0)

The Mental Health Services-Census Data Integration project used statistical techniques to link person-records from a selected subset of data items from the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) to the 2011 Census of Population and Housing to create the Mental Health Services-Census Dataset, 2011. This publication provides a cross-section of key results from the linked dataset. It provides an overview of selected social and economic characteristics of people using subsidised mental health-related services and subsidised prescription medication including the type of services or medication these people are accessing.

Preschool Education, Australia, 2014

March 11, 2015 Comments off

Preschool Education, Australia, 2014
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

This publication presents statistics on children enrolled in and attending a preschool program across Australia in 2014. The results are compiled from data collected through the National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection. Children enrolled in and attending preschool programs are disaggregated by various classifications including state/territory, sector, age, indigenous status, Remoteness Areas (RA) and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage. Statistics on program fees and the hours enrolled and attending preschool programs are also presented.

Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, Jun 2010 to Jun 2014

March 3, 2015 Comments off

Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, Jun 2010 to Jun 2014
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

  • There were 2,100,162 actively trading businesses in Australia in June 2014.
  • The number of actively trading businesses in Australia increased by 1% between June 2013 and June 2014.
  • The business entry rate increased from 11.2% in 2012-13 to 13.7% in 2013-14.
  • The business exit rate decreased from 14.0% in 2012-13 to 12.7% in 2013-14.
  • 61.7% of the businesses that were actively trading in Australia in June 2010 were still operating in June 2014.
  • Half of the businesses that started operating in 2010-11 were still operating in June 2014.

Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia, 2013-14

February 20, 2015 Comments off

Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia, 2013-14
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Of the Australian population aged 15 years and over, an estimated 60% (11.1 million people) reported that they had participated in sport and physical recreation at least once during the 12 months prior to the interview in 2013–14, compared with 65% in 2011-12.

Participation generally decreased with age. People aged 15–17 years reported the highest participation rate in sport and physical recreation (74%), while people aged 65 years and over had the lowest (47%). Male and female participation rates were similar, except in the 25-34 age group where participation rates were higher for males (67%) than females (61%).

The highest participation rate for sport and physical recreation was in the Australian Capital Territory (73%), while the other states ranged from 54% in Queensland to 67% in Tasmania.

Walking for exercise was the most popular physical recreational activity, with 19% of people aged 15 years and over walking for exercise at least once in the 12 months prior to interview. Females were more likely to walk for exercise than males (25% and 14% respectively). Fitness and gym were the next most popular activity (17%) again with more females than males participating (19% and 16% respectively). Males were more likely than females to play golf (6.6% and 1.4% respectively) or participate in cycling and BMXing (8.5% and 4.0% respectively).

AU — Psychological Disability, 2012

February 13, 2015 Comments off

Psychological Disability, 2012
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

This publication presents information from the 2012 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC). The SDAC is designed to measure the prevalence of disability in Australia, as well as inform around the socio-economic characteristics and the need for support by people with disability.

In the 2012 SDAC, psychological disability refers to people who reported:

  • A nervous or emotional condition which causes restrictions in everyday activities that has lasted, or is expected to last for six months or more; or
  • A mental illness for which help or supervision is required that has lasted, or is expected to last for six months or more; or
  • A brain injury, including stroke, which results in a mental illness or nervous and emotional condition which causes restrictions in everyday activities.

This publication presents information about people with psychological disability irrespective of whether they also have another disabling condition. The population referred to as people with ‘Disability other than psychological disability’ excludes all people with psychological disability, regardless of whether they also have another disability.

Pew Study Identifies the Outback Among Earth’s Strongholds of Nature

February 5, 2015 Comments off

Pew Study Identifies the Outback Among Earth’s Strongholds of Nature
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts

The Australian Outback is one of the last immense regions of nature left on Earth, but its future health depends on having more people, not fewer, living in and actively managing it, a new study by global research and public policy organisation The Pew Charitable Trusts has found.

The peer-reviewed study ranks the Outback alongside the natural wonders of the Amazon basin; the boreal forests and tundra of far northern Alaska, Canada, Siberia and Greenland; and the Sahara.

The study, The Modern Outback: Nature, People and the Future of Remote Australia, represents the first major attempt to reach beyond many myths and to coherently define the Australian Outback as a tangible place with distinct needs.

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