Population change in Australia. Telling it like it is

This year I’ve published several blogs that look at the impact of COVID-19 on population change. These have considered the impact of travel restrictions on overseas migration, as this is the driver of population growth in Australia. However internal migration is an important driver of change within Australia. The ABS recently released provisional estimates of […]

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Australia & COVID-19 – The Economic Story in 9 Charts

Is the recession really over?  The RBA deputy governor Guy Debelle told Senate that the Reserve Bank believes the nation is out of recession with the economy returning to growth in the September quarter. But what a roller coaster this year has been – and the ride isn’t over – there’s lots further to go […]

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Australia has some of the biggest houses in the world

It’s often said that Australia builds some of the largest houses in the world. In the second half of the twentieth century the growth of suburbs dominated by separate houses on large blocks has contributed to urban sprawl. In many ways it’s ironic that although contemporary planning policies seek to address these issues eg through […]

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Here’s how the rental markets around Australia have been affected by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented shock to the rental housing market, reducing demand for rental properties at the same time as supply has increased. Households most affected by the economic impact are more likely to be renters, and border closures have reduced international arrivals. The number of vacant rental properties has increased as new […]

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What happens to Australia if there is no COVID-19 vaccine?

Financial markets are hoping for a vaccine to be rolled out to a significant portion of the population by mid next year. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is basing his budget assumptions on a vaccine becoming available next year. So what happens to Australia’s economy if there is no COVID-19 vaccine in the near future? No doubt […]

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Population growth in Australia remains steady

I don’t normally blog about the March and September quarter population data, but 2020 is different. The COVID-19 pandemic has had, and will continue to have, profound impacts on population change. For this reason, the release of the March quarter data by the ABS was highly anticipated due to the progressive restrictions on overseas arrivals […]

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Three lessons from wars past that we can see or expect in Australia

As the situation worsened overseas, Australia’s policy makers were lucky to have more time than their counterparts in Europe and Asia to prepare before the worst of the crisis hit our shores. They formulated a massive fiscal intervention, combined with unprecedented levels of government control over society and the transition of a large proportion of […]

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Top 10 Unit Oversupply Areas in Australia

Property markets around Australia are facing headwinds, in fact they are facing challenges from many directions. But as always our markets are fragmented. Some areas are performing well, especially established suburbs in our capital cities and some regional locations. While other segments of our property markets are best avoided. RiskWise CEO Doron Peleg said property […]

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The wealth gap in Australia is growing wider

You may have heard journalists and economists use the phrase “two-tiered economy” in the past, and wondered: what does it actually mean? Without over-simplifying, it’s exactly what it sounds like – it means there are two streams of the economy running concurrently. In one, many people are struggling to make ends meet, and in the […]

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What will life be like in a smaller Australia [video]

Australia won’t see high population growth at pre-COVID levels for years. This is a problem for many sectors. Our education system is underwritten by international students, our residential construction sector depends on a steady stream of new residents needing to be housed and all the highly skilled jobs that our economy created couldn’t possibly have […]

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