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.
“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 Wednesday.
“It would force the Commonwealth to think about the impact on cities of upping immigration.”
Australia’s population grew by 1.6 per cent in the year ending 30 September 2018, reaching 25.1 million, according to the latest ABS figures.
The federal budget, meanwhile, estimates growth will average around 1.7 per cent a year over the next four years with the population pushing 27 million by 2022.
Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson said quality of life was entirely compatible with increased density, as long as the supporting infrastructure was in place.
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