Daily, we are bombarded with news items decrying the ageing of our population. Yet this should be a welcome development, as the culmination of modern progress to ensure that most people born lead long and healthy lives. Instead, it is treated as a calamity which must be redressed by aggressive increases in population growth, through either births or immigration. The claimed problems of ageing (including a shrinking workforce, a ballooning pension bill, and skyrocketing health and aged care needs) are poorly supported in evidence, and the cure is much worse than the disease. This talk will unpack some of the myths and truths about demographic ageing and discuss the benefits of declining populations containing more older people.
This talk, presented by Dr Jane O’Sullivan, is part of an event shared with Flinders University’s Professor Fran Baum, the second in a series exploring sustainable futures.
Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, University of SA and the Wakefield Futures Group