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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

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' ( 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

July 25 2010