HBD in Australia

I thought I’d kick off my blogging career with a quick run down of Australian racial demographics.

About 90% of Australia’s population is of European descent. Over 8% of the population is of Asian descent (predominantly Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino and Indian).


Further breakdown from the 2006 census:

Those who identified as ‘Australian’ are likely to be white i.e. Anglo Europeans who can trace their ancestry since the colonial era, up to the South Europeans who migrated during the post-war boom. It is much more likely that 2nd and even 3rd generations Asians would list their ethnic ancestry eg ‘China’ than identify themselves as ‘Australian’

The obvious point of difference between Australia’s and the US’ HBD narrative is the lack of a significant lower IQ minority. African populations number perhaps around 10,000, with a significant portion consisting of white South Africans and Zimbabweans. More recently Australia has taken in some 3,800 Sudanese refugees.

Owing to our position in the world, mass Asian immigration from India, China and pretty much all over South-East Asia would be the closest analogy to the hispanic invasion of the coming non-white US majority population, although on a much lesser scale.

I don’t know if American readers are aware we Australians refer to ourselves as ‘The lucky country’, but we were always told to appreciate our (relatively) cohesive multiculturalism, peace, standards of living and progressiveness from primary (elementary) school teachers.

Australia is one of the most laissez-faire free market economies, according to indices of economic freedom. Australia’s per capita GDP is slightly higher than that of the United States, UK, Germany, and France. The country was ranked second in the United Nations 2009 Human Development Index, first in Legatum‘s 2008 Prosperity Index, and sixth in The Economist worldwide Quality-of-Life Index for 2005. All of Australia’s major cities fare well in global comparative liveability surveys; Melbourne reached 2nd place on The Economist’s 2008 World’s Most Livable Cities list, followed by Perth at 4th, Adelaide at 7th, and Sydney at 9th.


The politically correct attribution of our success has been our vast natural resources. Of course, the indigenous population, despite having settled here for some 40,000 years, never had the opportunity (sorry, desire) to create a modern civilisation that could support more than disparate semi-nomadic groups. I do not think any Australian academic has mentioned our highly favourable HBD demographics for the country’s historical (since colonisation) and continuing success.


  1. Chi

    Cochran, co-author of ‘The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution’ mentions brain size differences and cognitive ability in the 5th part of the interview series here.


    Former Associate Professor in the Department of Public Law, Macquarie University, Andrew Fraser also wrote this piece ‘Rethinking the White Australia Policy’ which explicitly cites HBD research. Fraser’s paper had been accepted for publication before a legal challenge stopped it.


  2. Chi

    Professor of Finance at University of New Orleans Ed Miller also has an interesting paper on The Evolution of Australian and Amerindian Intelligence. Although he’s not a psychologist, Miller has engineering & finance degrees from MIT, and has published several papers on intelligence. His paper on myelination and it’s role in intelligence won the Mensa Education and Research Foundation Award.


  3. M Stein

    “The politically correct attribution of our success has been our vast natural resources”

    The human capital is obviously a major factor. At the macro-social level cognitive competence is more important than economic liberty for the economic growth of nations (Rindermann, 2008a) and it is more important than wealth for the democratic development of countries (Rindermann, 2008b). And intelligence seems to be a sensible measure of development up to indicating failing societies.

    Rindermann, H. (2008a). Relevance of education and intelligence at the national level for the economic welfare of people. Intelligence, 36, 127-142.

    Rindermann, H. (2008b). Relevance of education and intelligence for the political development of nations: Democracy, rule of law and political liberty. Intelligence, 36, 306-322.

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