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SPA Seminar: Attitudes and communication in population and the environment

Saturday April 23 rd at 1.00pm to 4.00 pm. Venue: Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Rd. Hawthorn Vic 3122. Members and non-members are welcome to attend. Speakers are: Mark Allen, Founder, Population, Permaculture and Planning; Dr Katharine Betts, Population Sociologist, Swinburne University; Hon Kelvin Thomson MP, Environmentalist and high profile sustainable population advocate; Rod Quantock, Environmental activist, Much loved comedian. M.C. SPAVicTas President Michael Bayliss. Audience Q&A and discussion will follow (Free parking behind venue or at nearby Glenferrie Station).




All Welcome

All welcome to come and join in this free public afternoon seminar and discussion!

Speakers

Mark Allen, Founder, Population, Permaculture and Planning
Dr Katharine Betts, Population Sociologist, Swinburne University
Hon Kelvin Thomson MP, Environmentalist and high profile sustainable population advocate
Rod Quantock, Environmental activist, Much loved comedian
M.C. SPAVicTas President Michael Bayliss.

Audience Q&A and discussion will follow

Attitudes and communication in population and the environment
Venue: Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Rd. Hawthorn Vic 3122
Members and non-members are welcome to attend (free parking behind venue or at nearby Glenferrie Station)
www.population.org.au

Further details: Jill Quirk jillq[AT]optusnet.com.au 0409742927

Comments

Victorian State Opposition leader announced yesterday that the Opposition's position with respect to population growth is that it should be dispersed into the regional areas of the state to alter the current situation where most of the state’s 100,000 per annum growth accrues to Melbourne. This breathtaking announcement led to a discussion on local ABC radio where one man rang in to question the very assumption of the state's huge population growth.

This brave man made the point that both the major parties advocated high population growth. He cited Dick Smith who said that population growth was good for business people but not for anyone else or words to that effect. The caller could thus understood where the Coalition was coming from but could not understand Labor. The presenter did her best to interrupt , contradict and confuse his message. He managed to get in that The Greens were “fence sitters” with respect to population growth before Sally Warhaft (Presenter/host) contradicted him on that as well, saying that she didn’t think The Greens were in favour of a large population before cutting the man off (as they do unless you are talking a lot of harmless, uninformed drivel ) .

The only place you'll hear a rational, democratic and logical debate about population growth will be organized by concerned public members, and not celebrated from the TOP of the housing Ponzi scheme - where all the profits and benefits flow.

Back in 2014, myself and member of Victorian Branch of Sustainable Population Australia submitted a petition with hundreds of signatures. It was to reduce population growth and an explanation of the reasons - all were quite sensible, and real concerns. However, after 2 years, Peter Dutton, Minister of Immigration, actually responded! His response was arrogant and dismissive. So, what we presented was just imagined, or irrelevant?

Our immigration programmes are designed to meet its social and economic needs. It's for the benefit of our long term social and economic benefits.

Do we actually experience the "social and economic' benefits? What about environmental, households costs, standards of living, unaffordable housing, our roads being crushed by congestion, and infrastructure debt that's mounting to $billions!
While the elite and growthists sit at the top of the housing and growth Ponzi, our economy will remain dumbed-down and measured by housing growth, and a fake GDP propped up by raw growth in population!