“By mid-century there will be more than 6 million people living in southeast QLD which is more than in Sydney-Newcastle-Wollongong today. This critical mass of people and of economic power will muscle its way into the political and economic landscape of Australian nation. Sydney and Melb will lose their relative dominance: corp jobs and high end culture will be as much a part of Brisbane as they are now of this nation’s most powerful cities”
FOUR years ago I was involved in the Big Australia debate. I was in one corner and Dick Smith was in the other. I’m sorry Dick but the race has been run and Big Australia has won. We continue to add close to 400,000 people every year compared to a long-term average of just 220,000. At the 1954 Census there were 8 million Australians; there are now close to 24 million; by 2050 there will be 38 million. Overseas migration has more or less doubled within a decade. And the reason is simple. Baby boomers are now exiting the workforce and the prime taxpaying years. We need to backfill the skills and worker base.
But this means that our cities are growing faster and nowhere is that fact better illustrated than in Queensland. Six of the 20 largest cities in Australia are based in Queensland: Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast…
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