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Whoa Canada - March 19, 2010

Canada did its best this week to act like George W. Bush. The government excluded family planning from a new maternal health initiative for developing countries it planned to launch at the G8 meeting in June. Like a minority in our country, their Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon claimed that access to contraception is irrelevant to his goal of saving mothers and infants. After a quick public backlash, he edited his talking points, but still refused to acknowledge that family planning saves lives.

September 16 2011

Population growing at twice global average: ABS - March 26 2010

AUSTRALIA'S population is growing at twice the rate of the rest of the world, after crashing through 22 million late last year.

September 16 2011

You can't cap population, says Swan 30 March 2010

Capping Australia's population would come at a great cost to the nation, Treasurer Wayne Swan has warned. Addressing a conference in Brisbane this morning, Mr Swan said calls for a freeze on national population growth ignored the benefits that came from an increase in the number of people living in Australia.

September 16 2011

What if we raise the plank - April 10

The decision by the NSW Labor government to discourage migrants a decade ago has proved to be a sign of what would happen if the whole nation did likewise

September 16 2011

Resources boom sounds a warning to immigration sceptics - April 10

OUR new population debate confirms the urgent need to convince Australians they will benefit from the new mining boom prosperity. Building a new economic growth consensus should be a central task for Kevin Rudd's new Population Minister Tony Burke and his bureaucratic support in Treasury.

September 16 2011

Growing pains trouble Rudd in Big Australia - April 10

Australia is now in what passes for a "debate" about the size of its population. But would you define this as a debate?

September 16 2011

When size matters: populate or perish scenarios - April 10

SINCE the 1904 Royal Commission into the Decline of the Birth Rate in NSW, there have been many attempts to work out what size population would best serve the county. Among the most recent was the 2002 CSIRO study for the Department of Immigration which explored the future effect of three population/immigration scenarios on the environment, the physical economy, national infrastructure and quality of life to 2050.

September 16 2011

Immigration spike only a statistical illusion - April 10

THE recent spike in immigration numbers is at least partly due to a pen stroke -- a change in the way the Australian Bureau of Statistics calculates its figures.

September 16 2011

Open borders a well-meant road to chaos -

Free passage of people may be a liberal ideal but democracy gets in the way

September 16 2011

Stagnant Sydney set to pack in arrivals - Arpil 10

MELBOURNE and Brisbane have accommodated more new residents, and at a faster rate, than Sydney since 2001 -- leaving room for the nation's largest city to take a greater share of Australia's population increase over coming decades.

September 16 2011

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