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Melbourne population to outstrip Sydney by 2026 despite coronavirus lockdowns

Melbourne population to outstrip Sydney by 2026 despite coronavirus lockdowns

Melbourne is on track to take the crown from the harbour city by 2026-27, a report shows.

  • by Jennifer Duke

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No recovery without migration: Drive to revisit population growth

No recovery without migration: Drive to revisit population growth

Australia should revisit its post-World War II immigration policy if the economy is to fully recover from the coronavirus recession, research suggests.

  • by Shane Wright
COVID-19 to reshape Sydney in 'biggest way' since Spanish flu as population stalls

COVID-19 to reshape Sydney in 'biggest way' since Spanish flu as population stalls

After years of stellar growth, the city's population is forecast to rise by just 500 people next year due to a slump in the number of people migrating from overseas.

  • by Matt O'Sullivan
Australians flee cities for refuge in regional retreats

Australians flee cities for refuge in regional retreats

Australians are retreating to regional parts of the country and shunning Sydney and Melbourne as they wait out the end of the coronavirus recession.

  • by Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke
Flawed case for merging councils unravels before our eyes
Letters
Letters

Flawed case for merging councils unravels before our eyes

The $1 billion black hole associated with the amalgamation of councils by the Baird NSW government demonstrates that the policy was ill-considered from the beginning.

Eight billion humans can't all be wrong, but we can evolve
Opinion
Adam Bandt

Eight billion humans can't all be wrong, but we can evolve

Population growth is a big challenge for the planet, but to see human life as a negative is to flip every civilising value on its back, from the Hippocratic Oath to the prohibition on murder.

  • by Elizabeth Farrelly
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'It costs a bloody fortune': Why Sydney's young people are headed for the exit

'It costs a bloody fortune': Why Sydney's young people are headed for the exit

A poll shows younger people are much more likely to think about moving from the harbour city in the next few years than older generations.

  • by Matt O'Sullivan
Careful what you wish for: COVID-19 transforms population politics

Careful what you wish for: COVID-19 transforms population politics

The pandemic has given Sydney a "breather" from population growth. But the city - and the state - is about to discover how our coveted standard of living relies on immigration.

  • by Matt Wade
Population slowdown hurts economy but minister predicts budget baby boom

Population slowdown hurts economy but minister predicts budget baby boom

The latest figures suggest Australia's population growth is falling to its lowest rate in more than a century.

  • by Shane Wright
Population growth has come to an end. It will weigh on the economy for years to come

Population growth has come to an end. It will weigh on the economy for years to come

For almost 30 years, Australia - and particularly Victoria - has surfed a wave of population growth. It's been our economic secret but it's now coming to an end.

  • by Shane Wright
The nation's most populous state starts to shrink

The nation's most populous state starts to shrink

The Premier State's population is forecast to buck trends and decrease this financial year.

  • by Alexandra Smith and Matt Wade