Dubious Proposition: Push to triple Top End’s population in 30 years

December 19, 2013 • Daily Email Recap

Push to triple Top End’s population in 30 years
See: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/push-to-triple-top-ends-population-in-30-years-20131217-2zi25.html

The chairman of a parliamentary committee examining ways to turbocharge the Top End wants to see the population of Northern Australia triple within 30 years.

While about 40 per cent of Australia’s land mass lies above the Tropic of Capricorn, only about 1 million people live there.

Warren Entsch, the chairman of the federal parliament’s Northern Australia committee said he would like to see the population of the North grow to 3 million people over the next three decades.

”I’d like to see it tripling,” he said.

”We need those sort of populations to sustain business and industry growth,” he said.

The committee will hold public hearings between February and April, present an interim report to parliament in late May or early June, and will deliver a final report by July. Its recommendation will then be considered by the government as it finalises the white paper.

Mr Entsch said his committee – which includes representatives from Labor and the Greens as well as the Coalition – would consider how to encourage people to relocate to the northern cities of Darwin, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton and how to keep people there.

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