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Australia doesn’t have a population policy – why?

03 Jul 2017
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Population growth has profound impacts on Australian life, and sorting myths from facts can be difficult., writes Liz Allen.

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Australia lacks an overarching population policy or strategy. Over the years, multiple inquiries have recommended such a policy. Population policies the world over typically focus on births and migration.

As part of post-war reconstruction, Australia adopted a 2% population growth target. Mass immigration was a defining feature, and couples were called on to populate or perish. Immigration was successful, but women were big losers in the push for births.

The 1975 National Population Inquiry proved a significant moment in Australian demography. The inquiry found that Australia should not seek to influence population, but should anticipate and respond.

Read the full article on The Conversation.

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