The Future of Us: Demography gets a makeover by Liz Allen

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May 2020, no. 421
Peter Mares reviews 'The Future of Us: Demography gets a makeover' by Liz Allen

The Future of Us: Demography gets a makeover

by Liz Allen

NewSouth, $29.99 pb, 240 pp

The Future of Us: Demography gets a makeover by Liz Allen

Reviewed by
May 2020, no. 421

In Australia, debate about population runs in well-worn grooves. The focus is on size – ‘big Australia’ versus ‘not-so-big Australia’ – and the tool used to regulate numbers is immigration. When politicians link population growth to excessive house prices, traffic congestion, unemployment, or crime, they call for immigration cuts, not for birth control.

Liz Allen wants us to think about population more broadly by introducing readers to the wonders of demography, which she calls a ‘superpower’. Its transformative possibilities operate at two levels in this book.

Peter Mares reviews 'The Future of Us: Demography gets a makeover' by Liz Allen

The Future of Us: Demography gets a makeover

by Liz Allen

NewSouth, $29.99 pb, 240 pp

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comment (1)

  • Yes, I completely agree with this assessment of Liz Allen's book. While it is a passionately argued polemic and offers an aspect of Australian political and economic life from an interesting angle, she does 'put the cart before the horse' in attempting to present Demographics as a solution to our woes rather than the merely analytic tool which it is. Nevertheless, quite an engaging read.
    Posted by Wayne Eaton
    Wednesday, 20 May 2020 11:05

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