Beattie call for 50 million reflects vested interests (SEPT)

5 September 2007

Media Releases 2007

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie’s call yesterday for an Australian population of 50 million

echoes those by vested interests of the housing, construction and real estate industries,

according to Sustainable Population Australia inc (SPA).  

National President of SPA, Dr John Coulter, says that this is not surprising given the very large

donations that members of these groups make to political parties. 

“But far more important than this distortion of democracy is the clear lack of any concern for the

natural environment,” says Dr Coulter.  

“The most recent work by the Hadley Centre in the UK indicates that global temperatures are

likely to rise sharply in the next few years as natural cycles augment the increase in greenhouse

gas emissions. Eastern and southeastern Australia will be prone to even worse ‘droughts’, water

shortages and crop failures than experienced in the last few years,” he says.  

“The industries that Beattie and his fellow travelers in both major parties want to establish to

support this larger population will all add to the severity of climate change and make Australia

less able to support even its present population.” 

Dr Coulter claims that Beattie, Rudd, Howard and the political parties they represent are caught in

a time-warp.  

“Their push for ever more population and economic growth is a recipe from the 1960s. It ignores

the reality that humanity and its economy depends on the natural environment. And the

environment is telling us, loudly and clearly that this continual growth is no longer sustainable. 

“Fifty million in Australia is not achievable. But the attempt to bring it about will progressively

destroy any possibility of making Australia environmentally sustainable. Far from being leaders

these people and their parties are strongly inhibiting the transition to a new and sustainable

relationship with our supporting natural environment. 

“Science is warning that we have little time left to respond. Beattie has shut his ears to the

message,” Dr Coulter concluded. 

Further information: John Coulter 08 83882153  

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