Despite political commentary, Australia’s population policy is about right when it comes to managing ageing, immigration, economic development and the cities and regions.
Australia’s population is one of the fastest growing in the OECD, with Victoria recording the highest growth rate of all States and Territories last year. Managing these numbers, and in particular the number of people living in Melbourne and Sydney, is the subject of ongoing political debate.
Several people including former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Bob Carr, Dick Smith and Pauline Hanson have argued to reduce Australia’s migration programme. And the government, while supporting the current level of the programme, is proposing adjusting migration policy to encourage more migrants to work in regional towns, in an attempt to ease congestion in our major cities.
But are these steps necessary?