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Population Minister Alan Tudge outlining the benefits of a targeted immigration program at a parliament house press conference on Wednesday. ANDREW TAYLOR/AAP

The government is right - immigration helps us rather than harms us

Australian evidence backs up the governments contention that immigration boosts rather than cuts living standards.
A group of immigrant workers in Doha, Qatar. Alex Sergeev/Wikimedia

Which countries have the most immigrants?

Immigration is seen as a global crisis, but the distribution of immigrants is anything but equal. Which countries have the most? Where they come from? Data provides some surprising answers.
Current levels of population growth become a problem for Australians when investment in infrastructure like public transport fails to keep up. David Moir/AAP

Solving the ‘population problem’ through policy

Population growth in Australia is a problem mainly because of the lack of a coherent national policy to manage it. The focus needs to be on maintaining quality of life through sustainable growth.
Morrison dined. with first ministers on Tuesday night. Courtney Hewett/AAP

Morrison government promises $1.25 billion for health care

The health program was unveiled as the federal, state and territories meet in Adelaide on Wednesday for the Council of Australian Governments with health one of the items on the agenda.
Brisbane has half the population of Sydney and Melbourne, but all three cities have very similar commute distances and times. superjoseph/Shutterstock

Our fast-growing cities and their people are proving to be remarkably adaptable

Urban growth has had much less impact on commuting distances and times than media reports would suggest. The explanations include jobs being widely dispersed and residents' adaptable decision-making.
Smith said that coming from WA, he would like to see Perth enjoy the benefit of population growth, while avoiding the negative effects that had beset the biggest cities, i.e. Sydney and Melbourne. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Government senator Dean Smith urges national debate about population

The call comes as latest figures show the annual permanent migrant intake fell to 162,400 last financial year – compared with a 190,000 planning level.
Hurricane Harvey approaching the Texas Gulf Coast in August 2017. NOAA/Handout via Reuters

3 reasons why the US is vulnerable to big disasters

Large-scale emergencies can be a strain, even in one of the world's richest countries. Population growth, income inequality and fragile supply chains may make the problem worse.
Shepparton residents are clearly disadvantaged by having far fewer daily train services to Melbourne than other regional centres. Alex1991/Wikimedia

Rail access improves liveability, but all regional centres are not equal

Regional areas are expanding, and yet not enough attention is being paid to improving rail access to capital cities. This affects the liveability of the areas.

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