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Policy Monographs


Policy Monographs (PM) are pieces directly commenting on government policy, new programs or legislation.

  • Hands, Mouths and Minds: Three Perspectives on Population Growth and Living Standards

    19 Sep 2011 | PM123

    The long-run relationship between population growth and living standards has been a source of controversy among economists. This monograph examines three perspectives on the issue and argues that population... Read More

  • Selection, Migration and Integration: Why Multiculturalism Works in Australia (And Fails in Europe)

    01 Sep 2011 | PM121

    Australia’s migrants are extremely well integrated by international standards, particularly Europe. The reason why multiculturalism works better in Australia than in Europe may be Australia’s more... Read More

  • Australia’s Angry Mayors: How Population Growth Frustrates Local Councils

    14 Jul 2011 | PM120

    To understand the effects of a growing population on Australia’s councils, CIS surveyed local authorities from all over the country. The results are alarming. The level of frustration with inadequate... Read More

  • Droughts and Flooding Rains: Water Provision for a Growing Australia

    31 Mar 2011 | PM115

    In the 2010 federal elections, the debate over Australia’s population surfaced once again. Groups concerned with the impacts of a growing population have focused on the life source of any settlement:... Read More

  • Populate and Perish? Modelling Australia's Demographic Future

    Jessica Brown and Oliver Marc Hartwich | 07 Oct 2010 | PM112

    Since the publication of the 2010 Intergenerational Report, Australia has been debating its demographic future and whether it is desirable for the nation to grow to more than 35 million people by 2050.... Read More