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POPULATION RESEARCH WA DEVELOPS A LOW IMPACT POPULATION STRATEGY FOR GREATER PERTH (2021-2031)
There are concerns in the community about the McGowan government’s high population density agenda for Greater Perth.
At Population Research West Australia (PRWA) we have explored a lower social and environmental impact population scenario.
Chart 1 below presents a conservative growth strategy developed by PRWA. By 2031, population would be 40% less than the Labor Party’s planned outcome.
The main controls on migration are conducted through State visa occupation lists. This represents the mechanism State government uses to reduce or accelerate net overseas migration (NOM). It is a crucial lever to slow population growth so that infrastructure is able to keep pace. Unfortunately the McGowan government are using it to enable very high NOM.
PRWA asserts that a respectable government would prioritise their own citizens first in the local labour market. Put it another way, restricting the migrant occupation list until Western Australia’s unemployment levels dropped well below 6%. It is unreasonable that an unemployed West Australian citizen must compete for jobs with temporary foreign workers.
A report by the distinguished WA born Professor Ross Garnaut demonstrated that, “Immigration lowers the incomes and employment prospects of low-income Australians”. He concluded the key policy lever to fix this is a 50% reduction in net overseas migration. PRWA have factored in a 60% reduction to 2031 due to the long-term recovery required from COVID-19, see Chart 1 below.
Population Research WA is a public interest website, examining the impacts of mass migration and rapid population change in Western Australia.
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