Don’t take population route in growth pursuit

‘‘Population peril exposed’’, (October 8) delivered the alleged benefits of population growth, namely total economic growth, without discussing the costs. These include infrastructure costs, which are about $100,000 in public money for each new person, be they immigrant or native born. Then there are the costs of congestion and pollution, and the difficulty of achieving targets with respect to greenhouse gas emissions. And while the fortunate minority may complain about the lack of housing inflation with a stable population, it is a welcome relief for the young struggling to get into the market in the first place.

Jenny Goldie Australian Financial Review 9 October 2020

Scroll to Top