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 'We've done an abysmal job'
 Posted: Mar 13 2018, 05:20 PM


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'We've done an abysmal job': Australia is struggling to handle its swelling population.

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Australia is growing fast. In one year we added nearly 400,000 people to our population. That is like adding a city the size of Canberra.

But, of course, we are not building new cities. Most of those new residents are swelling the populations of our four major cities: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

Between 2006 and 2016 Melbourne has added close to 1 million people. Sydney was not far behind adding 800,000.

In the same period, Brisbane and Perth grew by almost half a million.

The pressure points are plain to see — from congestion on the roads and rail networks, to the struggle to keep up with demand for schools and hospitals.

Back in 1997 it was estimated we would take until the middle of this century to reach a population of 25 million.

Australia's population is there already.

Four Corners has investigated how this population growth has occurred and why it is taking government by surprise.

Australia has a steady birth rate and we're also living longer.

But the main driver of our population growth is immigration.

On our current rate of growth, Melbourne and Sydney will nudge 8 million in the middle of this century. But they are already groaning under the strain.

It is going to mean big changes. We will all need to make choices, trade-offs, and compromises.

We need more public transport, and fewer cars on the roads.

We need to think about how fast our population should be growing

Australian Industry Group chief executive officer Innes Willox is more blunt.

"We've done an abysmal job," he says.

"You know, there has been really no serious integrated debate around all the key factors that population growth brings to our economy and our national way of life."

Watch Big Australia on Four Corners at 8.30pm.

The program highlights the fact that most of our politicians are way out of touch with reality - they all scream 'growth' but fail to understand that everything has to grow to support their planned population growth - our infrastructure is not ready, especially our poor transport system, housing availability, and education requirements. Infrastructure before population growth - our leaders have the cart before the horse, spend too much time talking about themselves, and in general have lost the plot - but the wheels keep turning.

As an example Tasmania's out of touch state government; Tasmania's Lib government has set a target to grow Tasmania's population to 650,000 by 2050 - there is a serious housing shortage, families are living in tents, Tasmania has more homeless than ever before.

Here is another take on the issue - plenty of graphs for Lee to diagnose for us

How 4Corners failed in its ‘Big Australia’ report.

By Leith van Onselen

Last night’s Four Corners report on a ‘Big Australia’ was another huge disappointment.

Its key failing was that it took a fatalistic approach to Australia’s turbo-charged population growth – and the migrant intake more specifically – assuming a ‘Big Australia’ of more than 40 million people mid-century is inevitable and even desirable.

There was no suggestion that how ‘Big’ Australia becomes is a direct policy choice of the federal government, who sets Australia’s permanent migrant intake (currently 208,000 people a year, including the humanitarian intake):

This contribution from mass immigration to Australia’s population growth was made abundantly clear by the Productivity Commission’s (PC) 2016 Migrant Intake Australia report, which showed that Australia’s population would hit just 27 million by 2060, versus more than 40 million under current mass immigration settings:

he whole Four Corners report was about how Australians need to get used to change – specifically living in apartments, worsening traffic congestion, and reduced livability – as if we have no choice in the matter and a ‘Big Australia’ is a fait accompli.

Reporter Ben Knight even stated on numerous occasions that this population growth is “our choice”, rather than forced upon us by poor government policy, with Ben Knight even claiming that today’s generation has “more opportunities than generations before”, which is obviously bunk given the shocking decline in opportunities in the housing and the labour markets.

In a similar vein, Saul Eslake stated that Australians “need to make compromises for the greater good” (i.e. so that we can accomodate millions of migrants). And it was insinuated over and over again that Australians are somehow selfish for wanting the same quality of life enjoyed by their parents and grandparents, such as living in a detached house with a backyard.

The segment played lipservice to problems caused by excessive population growth – such as traffic congestion – but again the suggestion was that we’ll just have to get used to it because a ‘Big Australia’ is inevitable. It also spruiked that the major cities will need to develop mass transit systems, like heavy rail, but failed to explain: 1) how this will be funded; and 2) that this would make our cities even more CBD centric and centralised, rather than decentralised.

The fact of the matter is that Infrastructure Australia’s latest report showed that no matter what Melbourne and Sydney do to cope with the migrant influx, public transport’s modal share will barely increase, road congestion will dramatically worsen, and access to jobs, schools, hospitals and green space will all deteriorate as Melbourne’s and Sydney’s populations balloon to 7.3 and 7.4 million people respectively by 2046:

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 Posted: Mar 13 2018, 05:53 PM

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Our government has always moved to one knee-jerk reaction to the next one.
Not much planing.

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 Posted: Mar 13 2018, 08:58 PM

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What do you meamn we? These highly paid flunkies have done this rot them to hell merkles user posted image our future pollies are safe

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