UPDATE: For the film of debate click here. The debate was attended by a 200 plus audience. The Lord Mayor showed courage under fire as he went down in the debate with only a pea-shooter of light-weight fashion statements like how many coffee shops Melbourne has vs a steady stream of deadly facts from Mr Thomson. The editors of candobetter.net are working to bring you a film of the debate, plus commentary and interviews with people who attended, ASAP. Mary Drost is to be resounding congratulated for achieving this important democratic event and also for calling for a referendum on population increase, which both Kelvin Thomson and Lord Mayor Doyle agreed would be desirable.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Kelvin Thomson MP will debate the topic of Victoria's rapid and increasing population growth at Deakin Edge in Federation Square from 5.30-7pm on 13 October 2014. A few months ago Planning Backlash leader, Mary Drost, challenged Melbourne Mayor, Robert Doyle, to debate much loved Federal Member of Parliament, Kelvin Thomson, who retained his federal seat by a huge margin in an election where most other members of his party lost their seats. In 2014 Mr Thomson established Victoria First, a not-for-profit NGO to safeguard and enhance Victoria’s way of life against overpopulation. He is the only politician in Victoria to represent the people against the big business drive for rapid population growth.
The rate of population growth affects people's lives by stressing services, infrastructure, and putting ever-increasing pressure on Victoria's (and Australia's) fragile environment. Residents' action groups, environment groups, flora and fauna protection groups all demonstrate and otherwise engage frequently to try and stop the brutal impacts of state-planned overpopulation on democracy, property rights, and the built and natural environment of this state. Our environmental and biodiversity protection laws are inadequate in the face of the growth onslaught. The major portion of Australia's population growth is due to the very high rate of planned invited economic immigration in Australia. This is a situation promoted by the states, which like Victoria, all have government websites that seek to attract high numbers of immigrants to this country. Victoria's website is http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/ Successive Victorian governments from the time of Jeff Kennett's have all deliberately brought on the population squeeze that has driven them to expend resources on successive planning blueprints for the state. The major driver behind population growth is a number of focused beneficiaries which have formed organisations in order to keep those benefits coming. Property developers, mortgage financiers and their mass media representatives predominate in the growth lobby. The mass media has interests in population growth in stimulating business for property dot coms like www.realestate.com.au and www.domain.com.au and is the growth lobby's corporate mouthpiece. Therefore Melbourne's The Age, the Financial Review and the Herald Sun constantly talk about population growth but report it in a biased way, pretending, as the government does, that it is inevitable. Melbourne’s Mayor Robert Doyle will represent the growth lobby position by saying that growth is inevitable in urban centres and must be 'planned for'. The Mayor’s opponent, Kelvin Thomson, is advocating for a reduction in the rate of population growth, which is currently 1.82% compared with the world average of 1.1%, Russian Federation 0.2%, Korea 0.4%, China 0.5%, France 0.5%, UK 0.6%, US 0.7%, Sweden 0.8%, New Zealand 0.8%, Samoa 0.8%, French Polynesia 1.1%, India 1.2%, Indonesia 1.2%, Canada 1.2%, Haiti 1.4%, Malaysia 1.6%, Singapore 1.6%, West Bank and Gaza 3.0%. Australia's population, at its current rate of growth of 1.8% per annum, would double in 38 years. At 0.5 % per annum, France's would take 138 years to double, but France's rate is more likely to decline, so that its population will never double, whereas Australia's rate has been higher and the government intends to increase it. The forum will address the pros and cons of population growth. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. Presented by Planning Backlash and a coalition of resident groups. Where: Deakin Edge When: Monday 13 October, 5.30pm - 7pm Price: Free
Ecoengine (not verified)
Thu, 2014-09-25 14:25
Doyle's basic premise is flawed!
Fri, 2014-09-26 19:23
Iceland deems population size major factor in sustainability
The Population Overshoot Factor in Ecological Economics
We were delighted by the clear consensus that emerged at the end of the Iceland conference, that population size and growth is one of the major factors in assessing the sustainability of economies and societies, which should be taken into account. As an aid to doing so, we attach the current Overshoot Index. This is a simple extrapolation for population size from the data of the (Kenneth Boulding Award-winning) Global Footprint Network. No-one, of course, claims that the figures are precise. Indeed, by omitting non-renewables and biodiversity, they may overstate sustainable populations. But as a rough guide to orders of magnitude, not least of the scale of the overshoot problem, we believe they could be of use to ISEE members.
Signed: Blake Alcott; Carter Dillard; Sigrun Maria Kristinsdottir; Karin Limburg; Roger Martin; Luke O’Brien; Maria Ibbarola Rivas.
To download a copy click here.
Sun, 2014-09-28 21:05
Anthony Albanese: Population outstripping jobs
AUSTRALIA'S rapid growth cannot keep up with the country's employment needs, a key Labor MP says.
The "disconnect" between jobs and population must be addressed, Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese told The Bolt report on Sunday.
"At the moment, my concern is that the growth in jobs - there's a disconnect between growth in jobs and growth in population of where they're occurring," the party's spokesman on infrastructure, transport and tourism said.
"So, you're having drive-in/drive-out suburbs without people having access to work, or even community infrastructure.
"So, we need to make sure that we get that right."
From, Sunshine Coast Daily, Sherele Moody, 28th Sep 2014.
Anonymous (not verified)
Mon, 2014-10-06 08:18
Hold a referendum on population growth.
Tue, 2014-10-07 16:32
If we don't stop it Melbourne will double in 35 yrs
Sat, 2014-10-11 13:51
Anson Cameron, "Does growing Melbourne mean a short shower?"
This fabulous article raises the absurd and dystopian push for a big population by Robert Doyle and Denis Napthine, in a long line of leaders who apparently do not give a stuff about the people of Melbourne. I would have liked us to have reproduced it in full, but I cannot get hold of the mass media outlets to ask permission, so can only post a portion. However anyone can click on the links. Please do. It makes the points brilliantly.
"A couple of years back the Victorian government posted me a little blue egg-timer. It has Our Water stamped on one end and Our Future stamped on the other and a suction cup so I can stick it on my shower wall and watch the blue sand run for four minutes while I wash.
People I know who remembered World War II saw this as rationing and felt edgy and suspected we were facing a dark enemy. I felt the unease myself as I frantically washed while the pretty sand ran.
A few months later the same government announced they were opening up land on the urban boundaries on Melbourne's north and west for another 450,000 people. An addition the size of Canberra. Insert double-blink here. We haven't got enough water to shower longer than a U2 ballad and you're smilingly telling me what? Recently D. Napthine triumphantly announced a new suburb called Rockbank would be built. Which allowed those of us who were worried Sydney and/or Brisbane might edge ahead of us in some fatuous ranking of national and/or international importance to relax.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/does-growing-melbourne-mean-a-short-shower-20141002-10oyxe.html#ixzz3Fni2INZ8
Jill Quirk (not verified)
Sat, 2014-10-11 18:29
Water availability a good illustration
Sun, 2014-10-12 02:49
The faster population grows, the faster poverty grows
Sun, 2014-10-12 10:20
Australia heading for worst joblessness in the Asia-Pacific
ECOENGINE (not verified)
Mon, 2014-10-13 10:25
Bill Shorten in favour of a ‘big Australia’
Anonymous (not verified)
Tue, 2014-10-14 08:05
Kelvin Thomson clearly the winner!
Jill Quirk (not verified)
Tue, 2014-10-14 13:36
Lord Mayor v.s. Hon. Kelvin Thomson MP
Thu, 2014-10-16 22:13
Doyle did not have any solution