Migrants Driving Population Growth As Australia Hits 24 Million

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - 13:25


Former Australian foreign minister Bob Carr says immigration should be cut by 50% to prevent ‘irreversible degradation’ as population climbs to 24 million.

Australia’s “breakneck” population growth is flooding major cities and putting huge pressure on house prices, the country’s former foreign minister says.

Australia’s population ticked over to 24 million overnight, on the back of record net overseas migration in the year to July 2015.

“We’ve got a third-world style population growth rate and I think the Australian people need to be alerted to this,” Bob Carr told foreign media on Sunday.

Speaking to media, Carr, who was also premier of New South Wales from 1995 to 2005, said Australia’s growth rate outstripped Indonesia’s and was the highest of any developed country.