- Buddhism increased by 17 percent to 2.1 percent of the total population;
- Islam increased 20.9 percent to 1.7 percent;
- Hinduism increased 55.2 percent to 0.7 per cent.
The Australian government is committed to a policy of multiculturalism, which “recognises, accepts, respects and celebrates cultural diversity”, within the bounds of “mutual civic obligations”. Christianity is not necessarily theocratic, and flourishes under a broadly tolerant secular government. Ethnic church planting makes the most of these social opportunities.
Data culled from the foll. govt publications, all available from the Dept. of Immigration & Citizenship: Population Flows: Immigration aspects, 2007–08 edition; Multicultural Australia: United In Diversity; Australian Multiculturalism for a New Century: Towards Inclusiveness