Glenn Withers


Migration: the economic debate

Over the last seventy years, immigration has added seven million people to Australia’s population and will, if current policy settings continue, add a further thirteen million by 2060. The current focus of the migration program on skilled migration, while maintaining opportunities for family and humanitarian...

Higher education pays for itself many times over

The economic evidence is that not only does higher education build the economy’s skills and knowledge, but that it pays for itself many times over. On average, university training in Australia has paid a rate of return of around 14-15%, according to analysis of 2006...

Population and Australia's future labour force

In the next 20 years, the only potential sources of increases in labour supply are increased labour force participation rates and immigration. While the Australian government is attempting to increase participation, the impacts of this policy, highly desirable as they are where they are the...

Australia's federal future

This report dispels many common misconceptions about federalism. The authors draw on international comparisons and political and economic analysis to identify a range of benefits that flow from federal systems, including checks and balances on power to protect the individual; more efficient, innovative and responsive...

A curate's egg? Australia's immigration and population policies

In 1983 a program was put in place designed to make us a much more outward-looking economy and society, able to cope better with emerging trends. How do we sustain that process in the future, asks Glenn Withers, and how do we do so fairly...