- Title Pages
- List of figures and tables
- Contributor biographies
- One Towards a new progressive policy agenda
- Two Neoliberalism, the culture wars and public policy
- Three Macroeconomic policy after the Global Financial Crisis
- Four Putting together work and care in Australia: time for a new settlement?
- Five Welfare reform
- Six ‘Choice’ and ‘fairness’: the hollow core in industrial relations policy
- Seven Indigenous policy: Canberra consensus on a neoliberal project of improvement
- Eight Culture and diversity
- Nine The business of care: Australia’s experiment with the marketisation of childcare
- Ten Mixed messages in the new politics of education
- Eleven The accidental logic of health policy in Australia
- Twelve Loose moorings: debate and directions in Australian housing policy
- Thirteen Population policy
- Fourteen Australian cities: in pursuit of a national urban policy
- Fifteen Natural resource management: steering not rowing against the current in the Murray-Darling Basin
- Sixteen International perspectives: low carbon urban Australia in a time of transition
- Seventeen Politics and government
- Eighteen Federalism and intergovernmental relations
- Nineteen Citizen engagement in Australian policy making
- Twenty On escaping neoliberalism: concluding reflections
- (p.229) Thirteen Population policy
- Australian public policy
- Policy Press
Although it receives little explicit attention, population policy is extremely important. The size and age structure of the population critically influence policies for education, housing, transport, health care, energy and water supply. Australia has a much higher rate of population growth than most affluent countries, promoted by decision-makers who believe it provides economic benefits. While an increasing population grows the economy overall, there is contention about the per capita benefit. One consequence of rapid growth is a serious problem of providing the expanding infrastructure needs of Australian cities, leading to social stresses and declining support for large-scale migration. The short-term economic appeal of rapid growth is producing serious social and environmental issues for the future.
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