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Question Without Notice No. 1114 asked in the Legislative Council on 7 November 2018 by Hon Charles Smith

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

POPULATION GROWTH

1114. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the minister representing the Minister for Planning:

I refer to recent comments by the New South Wales Treasurer calling for a slowdown in immigration-driven population growth, noting that just adding people is not a sustainable economic strategy. Given that Perth is projected to grow at a faster rate than most other Australian cities due to high immigration, I ask the following.

(1) Does the Western Australian state government concede that such rapid growth imposes costs on existing residents in the form of greater housing costs, lower wages, overcrowded infrastructure and services, a loss of urban amenity, environmental damage and cultural dislocation?

(2) Why does the state government continue to ignore public opinion by refusing to develop a population policy in consultation with the Western Australian community?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) Noting that the Minister for Planning is not responsible for population control, the government released the Perth and Peel@3.5million suite of documents to accommodate anticipated growth and provide strategic guidance to agencies and departments on planning matters, including infrastructure investment. In addition, the government is working to deliver a strong integrated infrastructure and urban development program through Metronet.