Journal article

Thank God you're here: the coming generation and their role in future-proofing Australia from the challenges of population ageing

Brendan Churchill, Lisa Denny, Natalie Jackson

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ISSUES | AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL SOCIAL SERVICE INC | Published : 2014

Abstract

Like much of the industrialised world, Australia's population is ageing, the implications of which are twofold: increasing demand for publicly funded services and a decline in the supply of prime working-age people. In grappling with the challenges of a diminishing workforce, the Australian Government is currently relying on its migration programs to provide both the much-needed labour and skills for the resource boom and also to stimulate the economy through population growth. However, there may be another, not yet fully considered solution to the upcoming demographic problem. This paper investigates how the grandchildren of the baby boomers, termed here the Thank God You're Here generation..

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