Vanuatu population hits 301,695

The growth rate is 2.3 per cent.

The new statistics are contained in the 2020 Population and Housing Census Preliminary Results released in Port Vila during the week.

The last national census set the population at 299,882 in 2019.

According to the 2020 national census, 143, 479 individuals are under the age of 19 years.

Males make up 152,345 and the number of females is 149,350


China allows three children in major policy shift

China scrapped its decades-old one-child policy in 2016, replacing it with a two-child limit which has failed to lead to a sustained upsurge in births.

The cost of raising children in cities has deterred many Chinese couples.

The latest move was approved by President Xi Jinping at a meeting of top Communist Party officials.

Turnbull accuses IBM of failing to protect census website from attack

The Federal Government has not ruled out seeking compensation over the failure of the website, which IBM was contracted to run on behalf of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The website was shut down after numerous denial of service (DoS) attacks, along with hardware failure, prevented millions of Australians from filling out their census forms online on Tuesday night.

Census: Michael McCormack targeted in 'hacking' after defending ABS website failure

Michael McCormack spent the morning defending the Government's handling of the census rollout, after the site was shut down following a series of "denial of service" cyber attacks last night.

An errant link labelled "gay sex" was spotted on Mr McCormack's official website this afternoon.