Time to talk about population policy: Carr

GOVERNMENT NEWS – July 3rd 2019

 

Former NSW Premier Bob Carr has called for a population manifesto to respond to Australia’s growing population pressures.

Professor Carr, now an Industry Professor in Business and Climate Change at UTS, said a population policy would have to include a range for immigration intake, a series of sustainability benchmarks and a Commonwealth commitment on infrastructure.

Professor Bob Carr

“It would link the intake to infrastructure, density and density infrastructure sustainability,” he told Government News after speaking about population during a panel session at the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue on Tuesday.

“It would force the Commonwealth to think about the impact on cities of upping immigration.”

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A new paradigm – access instead of ownership

Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson said quality of life was entirely compatible with increased density, as long as the supporting infrastructure was in place.

Australia had reached a tipping point where the spreading low rise suburban model could no longer be sustained, Mr Johnson said, and a shift from ownership to access could provide a new paradigm.

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