For the most part I have refrained from entering into the current discussions on migration and population targeting. My preferred approach to these issues – as an economist – is to recognise the potential for economic gains from migration and population increase and then to look for policies that guarantee resident Australians will be better off as a consequence of such changes.
Demographer Peter MacDonald from the ANU and I gave talks on these issues to the Faculty of Commerce, Leaders Forum at Melbourne University. The powerpoints for my talk are here. (246)