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Australia's population soars to 25m on brisk immigration

Economy grows but strained infrastructure provides fodder for election debate

One person arrives to live in Australia every minute, according to the country's statistics bureau.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- Australia's population has hit a record high of 25 million, capping a fivefold increase over the past century driven by rising migration.

The total population is forecast to almost double again by 2061, potentially reaching 48.3 million.

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