Immigration not needed to support #ageingpopulation

The short-sighted  ‘argument’ that Australia needs high immigration because of its ageing population was demolished more than two decades ago by the eminent ANU demographer Dr Christabel Young.

That this tired old cliché, so long ago refuted, is still routinely trotted out in 2014 indicates that the high immigration lobby is determined to remain in denial of the facts.

Dr Young’s chapter in Immigration, Population and Sustainable Environments: The Limits to Australia’s Growth (1991, The Flinders Press) is ‘Let’s have some demography in Australia’s population policy’.

The 1991 book remains a landmark in the genre, held by over 50 university, specialist and public libraries in Australia and others overseas.

 

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