Australian population growth should match economy's need: former opposition leader

16:30, July 20, 2010      

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Former opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday population growth should match the economy's need for labor and not outpace public infrastructure.

Turnbull also referred to densely populated parts of his electorate of Wentworth in Sydney's east to underline his case that good public transport infrastructure was critical to a growing population.

"Julia Gillard's slogan of 'sustainable population growth' is almost as facile as 'moving forward'," he told a population summit in Sydney's west.

"After all, is there anyone in favor of unsustainable population growth?

"The real question is whether Gillard has the capacity to take the action needed to ensure our population growth is indeed sustainable, to ensure that it matches the needs of our economy but does not outpace the ability of our urban infrastructure to accommodate it."

Turnbull, who holds his seat with a margin of 3.9 percent, said while some parts of his electorate were the most densely populated areas in Sydney, few residents complained of overcrowding.

"The inner east of Sydney is densely settled but not generally regarded as congested because its residents have access to reasonably reliable and frequent public transport," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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