Australia's population growth

Australia's population growth

Apr 6
This event is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees


Professor Andrew Markus, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University

Event overview

Immigration is a much discussed topic in Australia, given prominence in the last election campaign by the pledge of Coalition leader Tony Abbott to slash immigration if elected to government. Discussion over the last year has focused on three specific issues: the projected increase in population by 2050 to 35.9 million and the polarised debate among supporters of a 'Big Australia' and 'Small Australia'; attacks on Indian students; the increase in the Muslim population; and arrival of asylum seekers by boat, seen by many as adding significantly to population pressures. Professor Markus will consider recent polling of public opinion, the methodology of the polls, and the way that poll findings are presented in the Australian media, with particular focus on the reporting of the Challenging Racism survey which won extensive coverage in the last week of February 2011.

Meet the speaker

Professor Andrew Markus
School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University

Professor Andrew Markus holds the Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and is a past head of Monash University's Department of Historical Studies and Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation. Andrew has published extensively in the field of Australian immigration and race relations. He is the sole author of four books and the editor or co-editor of more than ten others. His recent publications include the Australia's Immigration Revolution (Allen & Unwin 2009), co-authored with Peter McDonald and James Jupp, and the co-edited Immigration and Nation Building (Edward Elgar 2010). He heads the Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion national survey and was the lead author of reports on the 2007, 2009 and 2010 surveys. He is currently continuing work on the Scanlon Foundation project, as well as two ARC funded projects, one a survey based study of the Jewish communities of Australia and New Zealand, the second a history of the world created by Yiddish speaking immigrants in Melbourne

Meet the host

Phil Ruthven AM
Founder and Chairman, IBISworld

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