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Western Sydney University Chancellor Professor Peter Shergold, who was announced on NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian’s three-member panel to develop a NSW population policy, addressed a global delegation at the International Metropolis Conference in Sydney yesterday.

 Violet Roumeliotis and Peter Shergold
SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis and Professor Peter Shergold

When asked about his involvement in the panel he told the 700-strong audience:

''We need to take an evidence-based approach to ascertain how much of the problem is one of urban infrastructure and how much of it relates to temporary and permanent migration.

''I look forward to gathering a range of opinions and data to assist in making recommendations to the Premier.”

Premier Berejiklian announced on Wednesday that she wanted the state to return to “Howard-era immigration levels”, which would mean halving the state’s migrant intake, due to concerns about population expansion.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that the current high rates of population growth are putting even more pressure on our infrastructure," she said.

The International Metropolis Conference, Sydney is the largest migration and multicultural event in the world. It continues until Friday, November 2.

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