By Stephen Williams

Without a fundamental change to economic thinking, we will continue down the dystopian road, argues Stephen Williams.

The head of the Muppet Show, Scott Morrison, met with state and territory leaders in Adelaide recently for the COAG chinwag. Topping the list of agenda items was population.

I will try and summarise the population problem as succinctly as I can.

  • Australia has struggled with population policy for many decades, with inquiry after inquiry.

  • Former PM John Howard turbo-charged immigration during his administration (while demonising asylum seekers) and immigration has stayed high ever since.

  • Federal governments tend to like high immigration (population growth) because it virtually guarantees that GDP will increase (meaning the size of the economy will increase, so no technical recession) …

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