Australia

Minister for Sustainable Population announces population advisory panels

The Minister for Sustainable Population, Tony Burke, last week announced the membership of the three panels to advise on sustainable population issues.

The panels are the first step in establishing an open national dialogue on the Gillard Government's Sustainable Population Strategy.

"This is the nation's first ever sustainable population strategy and we need to get the balance right," Mr Burke said. He said the Australian Government is committed to a sustainable population for Australia.

"The consultation will deal with a number of concerns that have been raised with me over the past few months including transport congestion, infrastructure, employment and the environment. We need to get beyond just seeing this as a debate on immigration." Mr Burke said.

The advisory panels are to consist of a Demographic change and Liveability Panel, a Productivity and Prosperity Panel, and a Sustainable Development Panel.

The advice received from the three panels will form the basis of a public issues paper to be released later this year.

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