The magic number: 23 million?

7 10 2013

Another guest post by Matt Moran…..

Matt Moran

Matt Moran

During Australia’s last major drought, our wheat production dropped to enough for around 28 million.  Yet, here we are at 23,239,000 and increasing by nearly 400,000 a year (i.e. a city the size of Adelaide every three years) according to the ABS population clock.

In 1994 the Australian Academy of Science published its findings on population.  In considering the resource needs of our cities, and Australia’s supply of water, minerals and arable land it concluded: “In our view, the quality of all aspects of our children’s lives will be maximised if the population of Australia by the mid-21st Century is kept to the low, stable end of the achievable range, i.e. to approximately 23 million.”

Noting that 60% of our population growth comes directly from immigration, and we have the decidedly daft baby bonus to try to encourage educated people to have more children than they consider responsible – interestingly, only the irresponsible i.e. those dependent on welfare or those too young to understand the responsibility in having a child would be tempted by the paltry few thousand to have a baby), one does wonder what level of economic and ecological destruction and decreasing freedom it takes for the majority to become motivated.

Surely, having seen 98% of our manufacturing off-shored due to increasingly hostile local conditions (driven by pro-populate politics), having sold off the majority of our primary assets and put most of our production into foreign hands, one would think that there would be some rejection of continuing with what might be considered a policy of reckless endangerment.

Indeed, it doesn’t take much research at all, to get a grasp of Australia’s geography – this page for instance, offers a great overview (albeit, our food-growing capacity of 50 million is now very much over stated)

It’s arguably quite clear that as the major parties have dumbed down our economy to housing and holes, so have they dumbed down the political discourse to the point where people either have switched off or the side taking more closely resembles die-hard sporting fans.

Interestingly, the majority of migrants that I’ve met arguably get it better than those who’ve lived here long-term. Perhaps those coming from the frying pan can more readily recognise slowly boiling frogs?

So, what are we to do? Even with the opportunity to once and for all reject the Lib/Lab Big Australia which repeatedly in polls, 70% of Australians reject by voting for the Stable Population Party which argues for a local and global policy on population through family friendly policy, people still made sure their major preference was for Liberal and Labor.

Perhaps the hope is that we may soon see a double-dissolution as Australians at last are confronted by the reality that the problem as it’s been all along, economies that reside on endless population growth cannot work and all we will get by not paying attention is misery.