Population and Economics

OCKHAM'S RAZOR- QUESTIONING GROWTH

Every day we hear politicians, economists and media commentators
telling us how important it is to grow our economy and that the faster
it grows, the better off we are all going to be. But how credible is
this plan for perpetual growth, considering that many of the resources
we use are finite in nature?
Have we all been brainwashed into thinking that more and more growth
is the answer to all our problems?
Could it be that the myopic pursuit of growth at all costs now is the problem?

This public forum may raise more questions than it answers so come
along with your thinking caps on as we try to trim away some long-held
assumptions and get to the truth about the ideology of growth and
where it's taking us.

Speakers: Dr Haydn Washington, Dr Kerryn Higgs.
Compered by Quentin Dempster

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4, 6.30pm
UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY (UTS)
Lecture theatre 5C.01.031
Block C level 1
1-59 Quay St Haymarket

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October 23 2016

Sustainable Population Australia statement for World Population Day - 11th July 2016

World population Day was established by the UN in 1989 to highlight concerns as the planet’s population went past 5 billion.  It is now at 7.4 billion and rising by about 80 million every year, so the problems are even more intractable (despite the rate of growth declining).  Medium scenarios produced by the UN estimate the world population could be between 9 and 10 billion by 2050.

July 10 2016

Immigration Minister right to tighten temporary worker program

The new Minister for Immigration, Brendan O’Connor, has made an excellent start in his portfolio by tightening the temporary workers’ program and thereby protecting Australian workers, according to Sustainable Population Australia Inc. (SPA).

The temporary worker program, whereby foreign workers come in on 457 visas, was set up to fill skill gaps in Australian businesses and industry. A requirement of the program is that employers, before bringing in workers from overseas, must ensure that there are no local workers to fill the positions in question.

March 15 2013

Richard Heinberg's Canberra Address

Richard HeinbergRichard Heinberg's address at the ANU in Canberra on the Friday 21 September was recorderd by Rod Taylor who has allowed us to link to that recording here. You can play it by using the player below or download it as an MP3 audio file to listen to later.

Richard Heinberg's Canberra Address:

Download the MP3 from the PodBean download location or from our copy's location.

Rod's blog for the Fuzzy Logic Science Shown on Radio 2XX is at http://fuzzylogicon2xx.podbean.com/ and the Show's Facebook page is at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fuzzy-Logic/201994992233?v=wall. We thank Rod for his generosity!

September 26 2012

Renowned American author begins Australian Tour Friday

Richard Heinberg, journalist and educator who has written extensively on oil depletion, begins his two week Australian tour on Friday 14 September. He is the author of ten books and a senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute. In Australia, he will speak to his latest book, “The End of Growth”.

September 10 2012

Dick Smith Rally at Adelaide Advertiser

Dick Smith, one of Australia's most prominent population campaigners, addressed a rally outside the Adelaide Advertiser protesting press censorship especially on the issue of population and economic growth.

The video of his full speach is now available via Youtube:

August 23 2012

20 to 50 year bold vision for expanded CBD

A letter from the SPA Vic Branch to the Victorian Minister for Planning, Hon. Matthew Guy, MLC regarding visions for Melbourne's future.

March 26 2012

Economics of population growth - 22 July 2010

Mark Crosby over at Core Economics has a post on population economics that created stress for me. Stress because it argues an intellectual position I (and many others) have being trying to combat for many years.

September 16 2011

Population policy a national pyramid scheme - 24 July 2010

THE "populate or our future fortunes will perish" cry is the ultimate national pyramid scheme NEVER mind environmental sustainability, there's an even more fundamental disconnect in the debate, such as it is, over Australia's population. It is that between a "big Australia" and the source of our contemporary and future prosperity.

September 16 2011

Gillard shuts door on 'big Australia 27 June 2010

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is breaking free from one of her predecessor's main policy stances by announcing she is not interested in a "big Australia".

September 16 2011

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