Prosperity via population growth is a political fallacy

Our planet is choking with too many people, yet politicians and economists mourn the fact that population growth will fall because of COVID-19 and that ‘‘net migration to Australia will be negative for the first time since 1946’’ (‘‘Budget set to reveal migration, birth rate blow’’, October 3-4).

Fantastic, I say! We need politicians and economists to think outside the square. We need a robust, functioning economy that doesn’t depend on population growth (think Japan). Continued population growth is unsustainable and is having devastating consequences. So, Mr Morrison and Mr Frydenberg, stop banging on about jobs and growth, move away from your myopic thinking and start moving towards a plan that will benefit all, not just the wealthy.

Michael Cvetkovic Sydney Morning Herald 5 October 2020

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