Australia in the Asian Century White Paper

Australia in the Asian Century White Paper.Prime Minister Julia Gillard commissioned the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper, which was released in October 2012. The Paper was the culmination of an extensive consultation process, led by Dr Ken Henry AC. Ken met all living Australian prime ministers and travelled extensively across Asia and Australia.

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Population Debate

Occasionally, in the debate over Australia’s population, the plea is heard that Australia must do its part in solving the problem of human crowding in other continents by establishing similar levels of population in this continent. It needs to be stated clearly and quickly however that Australia can be no more than a minor player in the fate of the human population of the planet. Even were we to accept people from other lands in numbers higher than anyone could reasonably expect, so that our population rose say tenfold in 20 years, to 200 million, we would absorb only a minor fraction of the increase of the planet’s population which will occur in those years.

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