Australia can deal with far more people, as long as we get the infrastructure right

Don’t panic but plan for population
Mike Steketee
From: The Australian April 17, 2010 12:00AM

Australia can deal with far more people, as long as we get the infrastructure right

AUSTRALIA is the 18th most urbanised of the world’s 204 countries, according to UN statistics. Those ahead of us in this league table are mainly city-states such as Singapore and Monaco, or small countries such as Belgium, Bahrain and Luxembourg.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics says that 69 per cent of our population live in big cities. Nearly all of them are in the capitals, which grew at a rate of 2.3 per cent in 2008-09, compared with 1.9 per cent for the rest of Australia. In other words, we’re becoming still more urbanised.

On the basis of federal Treasury projections of an Australian population of 36 million by 2050, the department’s head Ken Henry said last year that reasonable assumptions would see Sydney and Melbourne growing from 4.5 million and four million respectively to seven million each, with Brisbane more than doubling to four million… read full article here

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