There's a fair bit of discussion at present about whether Australia should be aiming for substantial population growth, e.g. suggested to be around 35 million by 2050.
Some of the reason offered by those in favour of this (eg the government, and I think supported by Mr Abbott) is the need to boost the tax base to pay for the ageing population.
I've only heard a couple of commentators suggest the compulsory Super rate should be increased, and then only to 12%.
I agree with Paul Keating that it should be pushed up to 15%, thus eventually reducing the dependence on the age pension. I'd also go along with the rule that at least part of that Super would have to be taken as an allocated pension so that people don't just blow the lot at retirement age and then seek the government pension.
Even with the existing population, most States are building expensive desalination plants to provide an adequate water supply. This will make water expensive to householders and business.
Then we have congested cities and transport systems.
And that's before you start considering the woeful state of the health system.
So, I'm interested to have ASF members' views about the ideal population level and why.
How feasible would it be to decentralise from our major cities?
Are people going to be happy to move inland, away from the desirable coastal locations, and is it going to be worth building all the necessary infrastructure to encourage this?
If not, surely our major cities are going to be a nightmare to live in in another couple of decades?