We are growing at a rate unprecedented to the last three
decades. Contrast that with many countries in Europe
where it's actually heading in the other direction.
Although our low birth rate of 1 8 is up a little almost
two-thirds of population growth came from net
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Reason for an i
R f increased
Australia has an aging population: Australia has an
aging population is due to the post war baby boom
th t happened d i
d during th 1960’s. Birth rates during
the 1960’ Bi th t d i
the 60’s were well above three children per female
One of the main reasons the government wants a “Big
O f th i th t t “Bi
Australia” is that at the same time we accept more
immigrants we grow our economy accordingly and
as a result increase GDPGDP.
Problems as a result of increased
Housing: With such a large number of immigrants the
government must take into account the critical issue of housing.
It is estimated that 170,000 homes would be need for the yearly
influx of people. As you can see by the graph below supply has
remained constant and if anything has decreased
Infrastructure: Infrastructure is
very expensive to maintain and
implement correctly. The government
has introduce GAIC to assist with
development of infra structure.
Support of immigrants:
◦ Set up costs
◦ Looking after family
◦ Passage costs
◦ “Until Australia has reversed the decline in our
ecosystem and our greenhouse pollution
levels we should be very cautious about
policies that would increase our population.
(The population myth, 2010)
◦IIncreased green house gasses with a
d h ith
◦ “Economists say we have to have growth,
y g ,
while environmentalists say we have to stop.”(
O’Neill , 2008)
Melbo ne 2030 report put Melbourne under a high
epo t p t Melbo ne nde
population increase at 4.8million. Published 2002
The Australian Bureau of Statists report now put Melbourne
for a high bracket at 5.2million and a low of 4.8million by
2026. Published 2008
People has since released at follow up document to
Melbourne 2030 and that is Melbourne at 5 million.
Even two years on since the Australian Bureau of Statists
E t i th A t li B f St ti t
the figures would be seen now as conservative.