There's a growing need for a federal population minister

By Letters to the Editor
Updated January 1 2021 - 8:16pm, first published 6:30pm
An asylum seeker on Manus Island in 2018. It's high time for immigration policy to be set in the context of a broader population policy. Picture: Getty Images

Spending billions of dollars on national defence is useless if we are defending a burnt continent.

- Janet Reynolds, Greenleigh

John Quiggin is one of Australia's finest economists whom I have admired for a long time. His article ("Can't we just keep families together?", December 31, p26), however, exposed that divide between economist and ecologists that he has sometimes bridged, but not on this occasion. Quiggin looks at immigration with his economist blinkers on but fails to see the overarching issue of population, and how many people this nation can sustainably support.

Advertisement

Ad

Advertisement

Ad

Advertisement

Ad

Advertisement

Ad

Get the latest Canberra news in your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.

We care about the protection of your data. Read our Privacy Policy.