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73% of Australians Prefer a Stable Population Over a "Big Australia"

12 March 2012, Sydney: New research released today by the Stable Population Party has found 73% of Australians would prefer a stable population of around 26 million by 2050; instead of Australia's current rate of growth which will see us exceed 36 million by 2050.

Australia's population will hit 23 million mid-July and we are currently adding the equivalent of another Canberra every year (1 million people every three years). The survey of over 1000 Australians, supported by focus groups, showed that most believe this rate of growth is too rapid.

William Bourke, National Convenor for the Stable Population Party, said,

"The evidence is clear; Australians are frustrated by their experiences of overstretched infrastructure, lack of affordable housing and congestion across our major cities. Australians want to stabilise the population and need greater choice politically to ensure their views are taken into account."

"The Stable Population Party is committed to ensuring a better quality of life. We can make positive steps not only to prevent overcrowding in our cities, but to protect our unique environment and make sure our food and water supplies are managed well for future generations," continued Mr Bourke.

32% of respondents believed Australia's humanitarian (including refugees) intake to be the biggest contributor to growth, even though the current humanitarian intake comprises less than 5% of annual growth. Australia's humanitarian intake is only 14,000 of the annual permanent immigration program of around 200,000 per year.

The research also found that many believe slowing population growth would positively impact upon some of the most pressing issues for the next election. 81% of Australians believed stabilising the population would help prevent urban sprawl and overdevelopment, 79% believed it would help relieve overstretched infrastructure (specifically roads, hospitals, schools and public transport) and 71% believed it would help to ease the high cost of living in regards to housing, water prices, energy prices and road tolls.

Cost of living continues to be the deciding issue for many voters, with 75% seeing this as very important to them. Despite negativity around a carbon price, over 2 in 3 Australians said cutting carbon emissions and combating climate change was important to them (23% said it was very important and 44% said it was somewhat important).

Australia's current population growth of 1.4 per cent is still faster than the world average of 1.1 per cent. The world's population hit 7 billion at the end of October 2011, and based on the current trends, the world will pass eight billion in 2025.

The Stable Population Party will be premiering the documentary 'GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth' across all Australian capital cities from March 14th. These evenings will include candidate announcements for the Party and Q&A with party officials, while the maker of 'GrowthBusters' Dave Gardner will also make special appearances at select sessions. 'GrowthBusters' aims to generate thoughtful community debate about population growth and quality of life. Further details can be found at www.PopulationParty.org.au.

The research supporting this report was conducted by McCrindle Research in February 2012 and included a nationally representative survey of 1,118 Australians, as well as focus groups across three generations.

* A conservative estimate based on the current growth rate of 1.4 per cent per annum, which will see us hit 39 million in 2050; this is below the ABS "Series A" forecast of 40 million in 2050.

For more information please contact William Bourke on 02 9906 6720 / 0448 620 525, or email hq@populationparty.org.au.

SOURCE: Stable Population Party

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A Productivity Commission survey (PC, 2011a.) of nearly 16,000 people revealed that 64% of the Sydey community would not like an increased population, 9% would like it and 27% did not know or did not care; Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation:Planning, Zoning and Development Assessments, Productivity Commission Research Report Volume 1, p.28, April 2011; Source. Available from http://www.pc.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/108840/planning-volume1.pdf [accessed 6 March 2012]

See SOSNSW blogspot under 12 March 2012

The same piece by Sydney's Save Our Suburbs group also gives the lie to assumptions that high density housing decreases costs or electricity use.

There are four lanes out of Sydney Airport, and two in.

LibLab policy!

Tigerquoll
Suggan Buggan
Snowy River Region
Victoria
Australia

Interesting that the so many of the public confuse "immigration" to "asylum seekers". This is exactly as our Government wants us to think. 32% of respondents believed Australia's humanitarian (including refugees) intake to be the biggest contributor to growth. The asylum seekers are being used as a smoke-screen to cloud the issue of immigration. The large bulk of migrants are economic - students staying, family reunion, skilled etc. They therefore support "immigration" for compassionate and social justice reasons.

There is never a debate on the real source of our population growth! If over half of our growth is from economic immigration, at least the same proportion (or more) of our "natural growth" is also from economic immigration - their babies that are born here!

Sometimes the media will advertise "baby boom" in local hospitals, but it's still deceptive. It's alluding to what's causing our growth, rather than a deliberate policy chosen by our Government in deference to big businesses - in their favour.

It's about sacrificing living standards and per capita GDP to aggregate a national GDP - not from production, exports, good economic management, but largely from more consumers - a high population growth.

Presuming we have a robust democracy in Australia, if 73% want population stability, and probably more if they understood that most of our growth does not come from asylum seekers, then this should be the case. Something as basic as population size, that impacts negatively on our lifestyles - housing, quality of life, open spaces, costs of living, stretching of limited natural and infrastructure resources, State funding, food security, jobs and tertiary education places - then surely this is what should happen!

If farmers overload their paddocks beyond their "carrying capacity" then they run the risks of loss of herd quality, having to artificially feed and water, soil pollution and pasture destruction etc. It's assumed that for humans Nature will simply comply with economic demands and the bounty of Nature is endless. It's the mythical "horn of plenty"- the cornucopia ideal - that Nature's riches are infinite and the planet is never full!

Instead, the issue of population growth - and the tens of thousands of people who arrive in Australia each year - is silenced and distorted by the media and by governments. It's treated as something inevitable, as if it was natural and cities just grow!

Thanks to the Stable Population Party of Australia - and their refreshing evidence.

Australia has Direct Democracy every 1460 days (every 4 years).
Between that blessed time, it defaults to aVested Interest Democracy, when the vested interests demand their return on election donations.

Tigerquoll
Suggan Buggan
Snowy River Region
Victoria
Australia