No stopping our booming population

QUEENSLAND’S population boom cannot be stopped without major economic dislocation, according to the results of a public inquiry conducted by the Local Government Association of Queensland.

Public comment is invited on findings of the inquiry, which was conducted by an expert panel headed by Australian National University demography professor Peter McDonald.

“In reality,” the report says, “growth could only be slowed if governments (federal and state) agreed to take steps to discourage investment in Australia’s resources and, in other industry, to discourage tourism (and) discourage overseas students from coming to Australia for education.

“This would isolate the Australian economy from its global context in ways that most Australians would find unrealistic and unacceptable,” it said.

“If currently planned resources projects proceed over the next five years, labour demand in Queensland and Western Australia will drive international labour demand higher rather than lower,” the report says.

Gympie Times


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