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Strong population growth fuelling housing demand: HIA

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Australian Broker | 30 Dec 2013, 08:40 AM Agree 0
Australia's population growth means there is still a strong underlying demand for housing, an industry group has claimed
  • VivKay | 31 Dec 2013, 08:53 AM Agree 0
    There's nothing organic or natural about our population growth. Why the surprise that more houses are needed? Our population growth rate is manufactured in Canberra, and is driven largely by net immigration levels, due to a policy and set immigration levels. There's nothing democratic about it, and there's few parameters that are considered except a calculation of GDP growth. GPD has become totally inadequate, and deceptive. The countries with the highest GDP per capita are the smaller countries with higher living standards. Germany and Japan have stable or declining populations but thanks to productivity have a high GDP. First priority should be living standards and high standards of sustainability, not gross GDP growth.
  • NIMBY | 11 Jan 2014, 07:27 AM Agree 0
    Our above average rate of population growth is not largely due to fertility levels (natural growth) that have been below long term replacement levels since the 1970s. What's increasing is immigration, silently without debate, due to bipartisan support for "growth" in GDP by population growth. The aim of "big Australia" is shared by most political parties, and many people have vested interests in housing profits.
  • Terry Grigg | 12 Jan 2014, 01:51 AM Agree 0
    Why do you present population growth as a positive? Australia already has enough people crammed into narrow coastal strips and what it really needs is population reduction. As VivKay says above it should all be about sustainability and quality of life, not GDP growth and ribbon development.
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