Australia

Population Minister officially sworn in

THE NEWLY appointed Minister for Population, Tony Burke, was officially sworn in by the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, on Wednesday

Ms Quentin Bryce wished Mr Burke well in his new role as Australia’s first population minister. He has been given the task of creating a comprehensive population strategy for Australia. Mr Burke is also the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Federal Member for Watson.

Mr Burke will consider the projected path of population growth and the challenges and opportunities associated with this growth. Accordingly, Mr Burke will develop "cross government frameworks that will be required to make the most of the opportunities, and minimise the risks, associated with population growth."

Australia's first population strategy is to consider the social and economic infrastructure Australia will need in order support a rising population. It will also consider the economic opportunities created as a result of population growth, along with identifying and addressing challenges associated with population growth.

It is expected that the population strategy will take around twelve months to complete.

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