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Our national wellbeing probably peaked with Australia’s population at roughly 15 million in the 1970s, when this photo was taken in Hunters Hill, Sydney. John Ward/flickr

Why a population of, say, 15 million makes sense for Australia

Australia's GPI, a broad measure of national wellbeing, has stalled since 1974. So what has been the point of huge population and GDP growth since then if we and our environment are no better off?
Unemployment is compounded by the prospect of automation replacing humans in production chains. Reuters/Bobby Yip

How to create jobs in the age of robots and low growth

Rethinking work is crucial for industrialised and emerging economies, where job losses are being felt even in the presence of substantial, although diminishing, economic growth.
No matter how hard we dig, the Earth’s resources are ultimately finite. Mining image from www.shutterstock.com

The decoupling delusion: rethinking growth and sustainability

Even supposedly "green" technologies such as renewable energy require materials, land and solar exposure and cannot grow indefinitely on this planet.
Was World Vision Australia chief advocate Tim Costello right to say that Australia’s foreign aid spending was at its highest under Menzies, at 0.5% of gross national income? AAP Image/Royal Australian Air Force, CPL Jessica de Rouw

FactCheck: What are the facts on Australia’s foreign aid spending?

We check the facts on how Australia's foreign aid spend has changed over time.
Accessible “green space” in cities is one of the things we will start measuring. Shutterstock

How and why we are moving beyond GDP as a measure of human progress

For a long time the way we measure what is going on in our economy and society has distorted our actions. We're now building a more holistic way of measuring progress.
How does Australia’s economic growth shape up against the G7 countries? AAP Image/Joe Castro

FactCheck: what are the facts on jobs and growth in Australia?

Ahead of the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, minister for defence industries Christopher Pyne said a lot of jobs were created in 2016 and Australia has the highest growth rate in the G7. Is that true?

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