View Full Version : Academics Warn Australia’s Population Grown May Be Unsustainable

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010, 07:40 PM
Australia's planned population explosion will place unprecedented pressure on strained water supplies and radically change the daily lives of average citizens, experts warn.

Both state and federal political leaders plan to almost double the population in the coming decades despite calls from a growing number of academics and activists who question whether the pace can be maintained.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released yesterday show the nation’s population has passed the 22 million mark, and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is advocating smashing the 35 million barrier by 2050.

Premier Mike Rann spent much of the recent election campaign boasting South Australia had been transformed from a “rust bucket state” into one that attracts new residents in large numbers.

He has plans to swell the population of greater Adelaide by 560,000 before 2040 as a key measure to underpin long-term economic growth. This has won backing from the Opposition and the state’s business lobby.

But Sustainable Population Australia president Sandra Kanck yesterday said the nation had failed to come to grips with the full implications of a reform agenda she said would push natural resources to breaking point.

“It is crazy to be welcoming these sorts of numbers when we have no plan of how to deal with them,” she told The Advertiser.

“We are the driest state in the driest continent and that is something that should make our decision-makers pause and reflect.

“We are living with that as the starting point, knowing with climate change it’s only going to get worse.”


Tuesday, April 6th, 2010, 11:46 PM
Its been known for years ;)

i think it was the Tasmanian Liberal party that said they want Tasmanians population to grow (through immigration) to 700,000 :thumbdown