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SBS screens "How many people can live on planet Earth?"

THE MOST important documentary shown on Australian TV since Dick Smith's Population Puzzle - that's Sir David Attenborough's brilliant hour-long special How many people can live on planet Earth?

July 25 2010

High-density housing reflects dense government thinking

We should start out by making it clear that we have no issue with anyone that prefers living in a high-density area or with the free market construction of buildings to fulfill this preference. The issue we have is with the enforced imposition of high density housing upon the bulk of Australians that don’t want it.

 

July 25 2010

SPA submissions on Murray Darling Basin

Lake Albert in Wagga, NSWThe Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) last year released its proposed 'Basin Plan' (thebasinplan.mdba.gov.au) to manage water extraction in the Murray-Darling Basin. According to the MDBA:

July 25 2010

Why immigration can't help the world's poor

EVER had trouble explaining to somebody why Australia taking more immigrants can’t make any real difference to world poverty? In a dramatic presentation (Click here to see video) journalist Roy Beck uses jars of gumballs to show why. On stage he stacks up jars containing 3000 gumballs, representing the 3 billion people in the world who live on less than $2 a day.

July 25 2010

Ageing of the Population

The so-called ageing problem is a result of two factors – declining mortality and declining fertility.  But, for Australia at least, these trends have existed for the last 150 years or more.  In 1860, Australia’s death rate was 2.0% p.a. - it is now 0.7%.  The birth rate was  4.3% p.a.

July 25 2010

A wide open land

Download and listen to the full article at ABC Radio National, "Background Briefing" at 

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/backgroundbriefing/stories/2010/2959674.htm
 

July 25 2010

Richard Pratt a racketeer?

Pratt, it seems, was not just corrupt himself but a major corrupter of others through bribery and intimidation. Ex-PMs Fraser, Whitlam and Hawke, according to the Age, were on the Visy payroll. (It does not mention that a more recent ex-PM Kevin Rudd was embarrassingly compliant, even visiting the dying Pratt and temporising with his demand that charges against him be not merely dropped but declared untrue.)  A huge issue of politicians being "retrospectively bribed" by the business community is opened up by these revelations.

July 25 2010

Summary of Lateline Debate - Government, Opposition face off over population"

Tony Jones opened by saying that Mark Latham had belled the cat by pointing out that you can't propose to limit population unless you can limit immigration. So why wouldn't the government promise to limit immigration?  Jones to his credit kept the debate on population and immigration rather than sliding across onto asylum-seekers in the way for which Q&A is notorious. (A common pattern with Q&A is that, whatever the nominated topic, before long the conversation gets on to asylum-seekers and tends to stick there.)

July 23 2010

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