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Population: Australia a dog chasing it's tail

This article was posted to me by Geoff at Eco-Bushwalks Sydney - Ed

Infrastructure debt | "This year, the Australian population will grow by around 400,000 people. Since Sydney hosted the Olympics in 2000, Australia's population has grown by 22% from 19.3 million to 23.6 million. That is why Australia's roads, trains and hospitals are crowded. If the government wants to double Australia's population by 2060, it can either invest in the new infrastructure the country needs before the population arrives, or it can lower Australians' expectations about how much infrastructure we should expect.

It seems clear we are being warmed up for the latter. If Australians demand more infrastructure, Hockey tells us that the price of funding new roads and hospitals reduces spending on trains and nurses. This is not the logic of 1960's prime minister Robert Menzies, nor is it the logic of BHP. It is, however, the logic of a treasurer and a government that wants to use vague notions of "economic responsibility" to drive big reductions in the social safety net.

Should we continue Menzies' vision of 'nation building', or is our nation built?

If we continue building with rapid population growth, should we increase debt? Or is the cost of retro-fitting our current major cities with evermore complex infrastructure now becoming so expensive that we will never catch out tail?

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Former NSW state architect Chris Johnson has forecast Sydney needs to build 100 new high-rise apartment towers a year for the next 50 years to protect suburban life from being ruined by over-development as the city’s population grows.

“Five thousand new towers, containing 110 apartments each, would provide 550,000 new homes — that will accommodate only a third of our planned population growth over the next 50 years,’’ Mr Johnson said.

Of course, all this growth is supported by the Urban Growth Taskforce, and it fits their megalomaniac profit-making from the building frenzy!

Sydney’s population would grow by about four million and 1.66 million new homes would be needed — double the number of existing homes today.

It's time the people of Australia were allowed to determine their own population size, and growth rate. We benefited in the past from high immigration, but now it's in runaway mode. Just when will our growth end? Until we have 80 or 100 million people by the end of the century? Australia is the driest continent, so why should be emulate the ghetto cities of America or Asia? We already have 6 desalination plants, and living standards for families are declining. All this growth is for the benefit of the mortgage and building industries, so they can continue their gluttony and greed!

We need to protect our cities from vested interests, and lobby for zero net immigration - or to the levels we had back in the 1990s.

Daily Telegraph: High Time for Sydney as population swells key mayor back plan for tall towers near railway stations

This is like the way the old defamation laws used to stop people from publishing information about corruption. VCAT costs will stop citizens from restraining corporate bullies from destroying peoples' homes, environments and livlihoods.
Hobsons Bay costs alarm over VCAT changes

"One of the biggest developers in Hobsons Bay has welcomed legislative changes that could make the council and residents pay fees of several thousand dollars a day if they lose an appeal in the state’s planning tribunal.

Evolve Development says it has racked up more than $165,000 in fees for successful appeals to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) relating to a single Williamstown development site.

Hobsons Bay council last week expressed concerns about the new VCAT Amendment Act (2014), under which the tribunal can order one party to pay the fees of another, including application and hearing fees. This is separate to the tribunal’s power to award costs, which is rarely used."