Australia’s population of blind people is expected to double by 2050, with one in five being under the age of 35, according to the latest ABS data.
Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed the number of people with blindness in Australia has increased by 17% since 2010, with the number over the age-range of 35 and under the highest in the world.
The ABS figures also show the rate of blindness has increased in recent years, with 1 in 2 people over the under-30 age bracket being blind.
The latest ABS figures showed the Australian population of sighted people is set to double from 5.5 million to 7.2 million by 2050.
In 2010, Australia had an estimated population of 2.7 million people with the most recent census showing that number at 2.6 million people.
Australian Labor Party senator Sam Dastyari has spoken of the need to do more to tackle the issue.
“There is a serious situation with blindness.
The Australian Government must take urgent action to address this crisis,” Senator Dastyar said.
“The ABS data shows a significant rise in the rate and the number that are under the 18-year-old bracket.”
The rate is the most alarming part of the statistics.
The figures show that we are seeing a very significant increase in the age group.
“We need to focus on those under-35, the young people who are particularly vulnerable.”
There is absolutely no excuse for a young person to not have a good eye sight, for them to not be able to read or do their job, because they are blind.
“The Australian Bureau Of Statistics data shows the number under the ages of 25 and under 35 has increased from 4.2% to 5.6% between 2010 and 2020.
The rate of blindness among people over age 18 has increased to 10.4% from 9.4%.
There were 7 million people in Australia aged 18-34 in 2016, up from 6.7% in 2010.
The Aussies overall population grew from 2.2 to 2.5 billion people between 2010-2016.
There are currently 6,749,931 people in Australian prisons, with more than 1,000 prisoners aged between 18 and 49.
“It’s been around for decades. “
This is not a new problem,” Senator Dick Warburton told News.au.
“It’s been around for decades.
The problems have been with people being arrested for things that they don’t do.”
What we’ve seen in recent times is a shift in the attitudes of people towards it.
The prison system is becoming increasingly punitive.
“People who are arrested for non-violent offences are being sent back to jail for longer sentences than they otherwise would have been.”
The latest figures showed there were 8,851 people with a criminal record who were under 18 years of age in 2016.
The figure was 4,906 people in 2016 with a conviction for an offence under 18.
The most common offences reported by the ABS included theft and fraud, while the most common convictions for people under 18 were breaching the peace and driving while intoxicated.
The number of cases of self-harm was up by 13% in 2016 from 6,500 in 2010, while cases involving drug offences and assault were up by 6% from 4,800 in 2010 to 6,800.
In 2016, there were 3,908 cases of domestic violence, the most of any year in recent history.
There was a slight increase in domestic violence incidents in the state of Victoria in 2016 compared to 2015, with 4,878 incidents in Victoria compared to 4,600 in 2015.
There have been an increase in homicides in Victoria from 7,932 in 2015 to 8,054 in 2016 but there was a drop in non-fatal violent crime.
There has been an average of 9.8 deaths in Australia every year since 2006.
“We’re not going to have a perfect system of justice.
There is always room for improvement, but we’ve got to start looking at how we can tackle it,” Senator Warburson said.
Senator Dastardly said he was concerned about the level of crime in Australia, particularly in Sydney.
“I think it’s a bit depressing, that’s for sure.
Crime rates are rising.
There’s always going to be a crime problem in a society, but it’s getting more acute,” he said.