Research Reports

This page lists research reports held by the Australian Population Research Institute.

December 2016
Mike Moynihan and Bob Birrell, GP Oversupply — ignoring the evidence

December 2016
Bob Birrell, Ernest Healy, and Bob Kinnaird, Immigration overflow: why it matters

June 2016
Mike Moynihan and Bob Birrell, Why the public cost of GP services is rising so fast

April 2016
Adrienne Millbank, Moral Confusion and the 1951 UN Convention in Europe and Australia

March 2016
Bob Kinnaird and Bob Birrell, Review of the 457 visa Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT)

March 2016
Bob Birrell and David McCloskey, Sydney and Melbourne ‘s housing affordability crisis—Report two: No end insight

December 2015
Katharine Betts, Voters’ attitudes to population growth in Australia: results of a survey conducted for Sustainable Population Australia

November 2015
Bob Birrell and David McCloskey, The housing affordability crisis in Sydney and Melbourne—Report One: The demographic foundations

November 2015
A brief article based on the above paper appeared in The Conversation, 2 November 2015: The root of Sydney and Melbourne’s housing crisis: we’re building the wrong thing

November 2015
Katharine Betts, Migration to Australia: an overview of the data from 1860 to 2014-15

July 2015
Bob Birrell and Katharine Betts, The 2015 Intergenerational Report: Misleading findings and hidden agendas

A short article based on the above paper is on The Conversation web site: Truthy untruths: behind the facade of the Intergenerational Report

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The following titles were originally published by the Centre for Population and Urban Research at Monash University.

Bob Birrell and Ernest Healy, Immigration & unemployment, August 2014
This paper attracted criticism from Judith Sloan at The Australian. See ‘Migrants no threat to jobs‘, 26 August 2014. Sloan argued that the authors had drawn data from two incompatible sources and thus their results were meaningless. Birrell wrote a reply pointing out that this was not so; all of the data come from the ABS Labour Force Survey. The Australian did not print this correction. His piece, ‘The recent migrant impact on employment—a reply to Judith Sloan’, is appended here.

Katharine Betts, The Ageing of the Australian Population: Triumph or Disaster?, April 2014

Bob Birrell and Ernest Healy, Melbourne’s High Rise Apartment Boom, September 2013

Bob Birrell and Ernest Healy, Scarce Jobs: Migrants or Locals at the End of the Queue, August 2013

Bob Birrell, Too Many GPs, March 2013

Bob Birrell and Ernest Healy, The Impact of Recent Immigration on the Australian Workforce, February 2013

Bob Birrell and Ernest Healy, Immigration Overshoot 2012, November 2012

Bob Birrell, Ernest Healy, Virginia Rapson and T. Fred Smith, The End of Affordable Housing in Melbourne, June 2012

Bob Birrell and Genevieve Heard, The 2012-13 immigration program: record numbers, city-bound, May 2012

Bob Birrell, Australia’s New Health Crisis—Too Many Doctors, September 2011

Bob Birrell, Ernest Healy, Katharine Betts, T. Fred Smith, Immigration and the Resources Boom Mark 2, July 2011

Bob Birrell, Dharma Arunachalam, Ernest Healy, Guardianship and demographic trends, a research report prepared for the Victorian Law Reform Commission, Melbourne, December 2010

Bob Birrell and T. Fred Smith, Export earnings from the overseas student industry: how much?, 2010

Bob Birrell, Population growth and sustainability (report prepared for the Australian Parliamentary Library), 2010

Bob Birrell, Ernest Healy and Bob Kinnaird, Immigration and the nation building and jobs plan, 2009

Bob Birrell and Ernest Healy, Melbourne’s population surge, 2008

Bob Birrell and Virginia Rapson, Clearing the myths away: higher education’s place in meeting workforce demands, October 2006

Bob Birrell, Virginia Rapson and T. Fred Smith, Australia’s net gain from international skilled movements (report prepared for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs), May 2006

Bob Birrell, Ernest Healy and T. Fred Smith, Melbourne’s second speed economy, 2006

Bob Birrell, Virginia Rapson, Ian Dobson and T. Fred Smith, Skilled movement in the new century: outcomes for Australia (report prepared for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs), 2004

Bob Birrell, Ian Dobson, Virginia Rapson and T. Fred Smith, Higher Education at the Crossroads, May 2003