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Jill Quirk: Sustainable Population - deal or no deal?

This article title is based on the title of a debate at the Municipal Association of Victoria AGM, which took place on Thursday, October 21 at Hotel Sofitel. The article itself is based on speech notes from SPA Victoria's president, Jill Quirk, for her part in the debate. Panel members were: Jill Quirk, President of Sustainable Population Australia (Victorian branch); Pru Sanderson, CEO, VicUrban; and Professor of Physiology, Roger Short, Melbourne University. The Chair was Jon Faine.

MAV [Peak Oil] Transition Community Working Group in Victoria

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has recently put out an 'alert' about peak oil and the existence of a group they call the MAV Transition Community Working Group. It talks about the need for local governments to lead the adaptation to peak oil. This will be difficult in a pollity where all the power is being taken from local communities and they are being plugged into state and national systems which have been commercialised and which have no obligation to their 'customers' except to submit to some vague 'competition' in prices rulings. Nonetheless, it is the local councils which have the resources and potential networks to help people reorganise locally, despite the state and federal governments.

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