Brotherhood of St Laurence

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This paper explores the role of population growth in the prospects for a sustainable economy and society in Australia. It deals separately with ecological and social issues. On the former it concludes that should Australia?s population reach the 'Big Australia' projection of 35.9 million by 2050, this will not put serious pressure on Australia's non-renewable resource stock or capacity to feed the nation. However such population growth will make the task of reducing greenhouse emissions very difficult. On the social dimension, quality of life issues (including congestion, urban redevelopment and competition for amenity) are a major factor in public concerns about sustainability. The evidence suggests that most people think population growth is a major cause of these problems. State government moves to increase urban density in order to cope with additional capital city residents are likely to exacerbate these quality of life concerns.

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