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    Bigger or Better?
    Bigger or Better?
    Australia's Population Debate
    A comprehensive and detailed analysis of the controversial debate about Australia's population numbers. When Kevin Rudd responded to a government forecast that the Australian population could reach 36 million by 2050 by saying he believed in 'a big Australia', there was a strong public reaction. One insider said that 'the focus groups went ballistic'. Julia Gillard renamed the relevant minister's portfolio 'sustainable population', implicitly criticising pro - growth policies of previous governments. Tony Abbott vowed to 'stop the boats' if elected (thus limiting immigration), despite generally supporting a population growth agenda and clearly having no way of stopping the boats. The Murdoch press attacked both major parties, accusing them of pandering to base prejudice by discussing the social impacts of immigration or suggesting that population growth had negative environmental impacts. It urged politicians to champion what it claimed were the self - evident economic benefits of rapid population growth. The issue is clearly a political hot potato. This book clarifies the subject, as the debate has been confused by serious misconceptions. It provides an historic account of Australia's population growth and an analysis of the data. It looks at the components of the growth, such as birth rates and immigration, as well as the more recent trend of our ageing population. It also analyses the motives of different interested parties, both those who promote population growth and those who argue against it. Bigger or Better? makes the complex and controversial issues around population accessible to general readers and will contribute to public debate about this important topic.
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    Book Author
    Ian Lowe
    Genre Business & Economics , Social Science
    Binding
    PERFECT BINDING (PAPERBACK)
    Format
    Large Print 16 Pt Edition (Standard Large Print)
    ISBN
    9781459689862
    Publisher
    University Queensland Press
    Age Range
    General
    Approximate delivery

    Up to 20 business days (?)

    Publication Date
    28-Nov-2014

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