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Launch of discussion paper “How many Australians?” by Dr Paul Collins
1 December 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sustainable Population Australia will launch the discussion paper “How many Australians?” by Dr Paul Collins at 5.30pm for 6pm on Thursday 1 December 2022 in the Pavilion, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton, ACT. Copies of the discussion paper will be on sale for $5. Tony Zappia MP was invited to launch the paper but, if unable to attend because Parliament is still sitting, a message from him will be read out at the launch.
If you wish to attend, RSVP Jenny Goldie firstname.lastname@example.org
More information of the discussion paper: “How many Australians? The need for Earth-centric ethics.”
Australia is a big country. Surely, we should allow the world’s ‘tired, poor, huddled masses’ to settle here? And yet, despite its physical size, Australia is limited in biophysical and geophysical terms. All our State of Environment reports have found the demands of the current population have been degrading natural systems irreversibly. We are not living sustainably with the numbers we have at current standards of living.
And yet, the world is clamouring at our doors. Millions want to come and share the riches we enjoy. Do we have a moral duty to let them come and allow them a better life? Or should we protect the ecosystems in our care, not least the habitat of our iconic koala that is currently threatened by urban expansion and deforestation?
Immigration has made up the bulk of Australian population growth for the past quarter century. This critical discussion paper on the ethics of immigration addresses the competing demands of human beings seeking a better life with the rights of our natural systems to prevail against the demands of human activities.
In this paper, Dr Paul Collins calls for a totally new moral principle to guide and govern our ethical behaviour as a species.