Age of the Dragon

Australia's national security demands a vastly larger population

Bradley Perrett
By Bradley Perrett
April 8 2022 - 7:30pm
A busy crosswalk in downtown Melbourne. Australia's current population of about 25 million is nowhere near high enough from a national security perspective. Picture: Shutterstock

Australia's security, quite possibly its survival as an independent country, demands more people - a lot more people. We need a plan for massively expanding the population and distributing it comfortably.

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Bradley Perrett

Bradley Perrett is a regular ACM columnist with a focus on Australia's relationship with China, covering defence, strategy, trade, economics and domestic policy. He was based in Beijing as a journalist from 2004 to 2020. His articles are supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.