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Malthus Resurrected

The Australia Institute’s Clive Hamilton resurrects Malthusian economics:

The business lobby and the Government will not admit it, but a high level of immigration is of no economic benefit. Gross domestic product grows but the higher income is merely spread over more people.

Hamilton also says that:

The fact that John Howard, who has gained re-election by exploiting Hansonite xenophobia, has presided over a record inflow of foreigners is an irony little remarked, not least because the Government tries to keep the figures quiet.

For someone who shares Pauline Hanson’s desire for zero net migration, this is more than a little rich.  Indeed, there is very little daylight between Hanson and Hamilton on most public policy issues.

posted on 31 December 2006 by skirchner in Economics

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