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Bob Birrell

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Australia’s 'jobs and growth’ strategy: pathway to a low productivity economy

This report outlines how Australia’s current economic growth is almost entirely attributable to increases in hours worked. The Coalition Government’s vaunted capacity as an economic manager has been reduced to dependence on extra work inputs, most of which are due to its high net overseas...
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Australia’s partner visa program: reform needed

Permanent residence visas issued to persons sponsored by an Australian resident for a partner visa make up 25% of Australia’s permanent entry migration program. This paper argues that this is because the partner visa is an attractive permanent residence option for the very large number...
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The 2019 election and the impending migrant parent deluge

This report explores the implications of the parent visa should it be implemented as implied by the limited information Labor has provided on the rules determining who is eligible. It could result in the issuance of some 200,000 parent visas in the next three years...
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Overseas students are driving Australia’s Net Overseas Migration tide

There is widespread awareness that overseas students are a large and growing presence in Australia. This report examines the consequences of growth in the overseas student presence for the labour markets and for the congestion issues now afflicting Sydney and Melbourne.
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Immigration, population growth and voters: who cares, and why?

This report summarises a national survey of voters’ attitudes to population growth, immigration, and cultural and economic change run by The Australian Population Research Institute in 2018.