Quiggin weighs into the population debate

Pundits and pollies alike have been tackling population policy this election campaign. CPD fellow John Quiggin contributes to the debate on his blog (5 August 2010):

“Considered in terms of aggregate numbers, we would be better off, economically, socially and environmentally, with a slower rate of population growth. But potential immigrants aren’t just numbers. They are people with a variety of good reasons for wanting to come here (to reunite with family members, or to take up a job to escape from persecution or just to get a better life). Refusing them admission hurts them as well as those in Australia (relatives, potential colleagues and employers, those who feel a moral obligation to help refugees) who want to welcome them here.”

Read the whole post here.

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