SPA Discussion Papers

Discussion papers are commissioned by Sustainable Population Australia and authored by subject experts, to provide detailed analysis of issues contributing to the population discourse in Australia.

27 October 2020

Silver tsunami or silver lining? Why we should not fear an ageing population

Sustainable Population Australia – Discussion Paper Lead author: Jane O’Sullivan Date: November 2020 Full version of Discussion Paper (PDF) With people living longer than ever and the baby-boomer generation reaching retirement age, some people worry that we will run short of workers and taxpayers. Media reports and political discourse about our ageing population often adopt …

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25 November 2019

Population growth and infrastructure in Australia: the catch-up illusion

Sustainable Population Australia – Discussion Paper Lead author: Leith van Onselen Date: November 2019 Full version of the infrastructure Discussion Paper  (PDF) Sydney and Melbourne now have worse traffic congestion than New York and Toronto. This congestion is but one symptom of an infrastructure shortfall caused by Australia’s rapid population growth, with both births and …

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