Governments cannot keep using population growth to inflate economic figures

April 18, 2016 • Daily Email Recap

Governments cannot keep using population growth to inflate economic figures

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Victoria’s economic pie may be getting bigger, but don’t think that means you are getting a larger slice. There’s a common denominator to the various political debates raging around the country over infrastructure, health, education, housing and the economy: population growth.
It underpins the infrastructure debate because cities like Melbourne – swelling by an average of about 200 people a day for the past decade – are becoming ever more clogged with people. Federal and state governments now face enormous pressure to expand road and rail access so that people can get to work and home to their families within a reasonable time frame.

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