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The methods used to plan adaptation to climate change have been heavily influenced by scientific narratives of gradual change and economic narratives of marginal adjustments to that change. An investigation of the theoretical aspects of how the climate changes suggests that scientific...
This report looked at the advantages and disadvantages of FIFO/DIDO work practices - especially the effect on rural communities.
This report outlines the benefits and realities of Australia's growing population.
A growing population presents us with challenges and opportunities. Population growth, and the skilled migration that fuels it, helps our economy grow - giving us the resources to support our ageing population, build...
This paper explores the questions behind and arguments for and against of Australian population growth.
The long-run relationship between population growth and living standards has been a source of controversy among Australian economists, no less than for the general public. There is little argument...
There are cultural costs and benefits associated with where one chooses to live in Australia.
City living, for example, offers proximity to a greater range of cultural opportunities but carries higher costs of living than in a smaller town. Better access and variety is...
This paper provides an overview of the economics of a sustainable population and addresses some key policy issues in an Australian context. It is argued that a sustainable population is one that is consistent with sustainable economic development.
The population age distribution is...
Recent strong population growth in Australian cities has drawn attention to a range of national transport, and transport-related, sustainability issues.
Key areas of national sustainability concern in relation to urban land transport include traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions, road fatalities and serious injury accidents,...
Should Australia’s population grow to more than 35 million people by the middle of the 21st century? The 2010 Intergenerational Report sparked a controversy over its suggestion that we are heading for a ‘Big Australia’ in the coming decades. This report looks behind the headline...
The reforms of the 1980s and 90s have worked their way through our economy and our society. We have enjoyed their benefits, but the jump in living standards they enabled has now faded from memory. This has been replaced by a dangerous complacency which holds...
On 5 March 2010, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government launched the State of Australian Cities 2010 report (Australian Government 2010).
The report was prepared by the Major Cities Unit, part of Infrastructure Australia,...