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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.The futility of taking one million immigrants is illustrated by taking one gumball out of the jars and putting it in a glass.

October 12 2010

Anglican Church calls for sustainable population

THE ANGLICAN Church of Australia has warned of “catastrophic” consequences of global overpopulation and unsustainable levels of consumption by the rich.The Church’s General Synod has released a carefully-worded statement from its meeting in Melbourne (18-23 September) calling on the Australian Government to adopt a sustainable population policy and “avoid any reliance on continuing population growth to maintain economic growth”.

September 30 2010

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?If you haven't already seen it, don't miss it! The SBS link to the program has now expired, but can be viewed on YouTube.

September 15 2010

Is a nine billion tonne hamster too big?

POPULATION growth beyond a certain point is the equivalent to a hamster that keeps growing beyond maturity, according to Professor Garry Egger, author of Planet Obesity: How we are eating ourselves and our planet to death.Professor Egger, Professor of Lifestyle Medicine at Southern Cross University, writes that "from birth to maturity a hamster doubles its weight each week...“If, then, instead of levelling off in maturity as animals (and all growing systems) do, the hamster continues to double its weight each week, on its first birthday we would be facing a nine billion tonne hamst

September 7 2010

Public meeting on population explosion at Wyndham

Residents of Wyndham, a municipality 36km south-west of Melbourne whose population has nearly tripled from 50,000 to 140,000 over the past 20 years, discussed their city's population explosion at a public meeting on 7 September 2010.The meeting was addressed by well-known advocate for a sustainable population, Labor MP Kelvin Thomson, and by Jane Nathan, President of the Australian Population Institute. The meeting was entitled Sustainable Population and Wyndham’s Population Explosion – from the ‘country suburb’ to the ‘rooftop suburb’?

September 2 2010

Melbourne "growing for the sake of growing"

On 23 August, The Sydney Morning Herald published an article by journalist Paul  Sheehan under the headline "The Yarra Monster is killing us". The article quoted Professor Bob Birrell, Monash University demographer, as describing Melbourne as a "parasite economy".

August 29 2010

Population Puzzle - a shock when he joined the dots


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August 17 2010

Yale's teach yourself course on global population growth

Yale University has recorded a highly-recommended course introducing students to basic material on human fertility, population growth, the demographic transition and population policy. Topics include:

August 6 2010

Victorian Branch - President's Report July 22nd 2010

The Victorian government in its eagerness to squeeze population growth into our city and surrounds devised an amendment to the planning act to allow development to occur on the sacrosanct Green Wedges, a new tax on tax land holders in previously rural zones on sale of land and to provide for high rise development along transport routes

July 30 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.

July 25 2010