Dear interested parties
Re: Stable Population Party of Australia
You may have heard that a new political party is being formed to help stabilise Australia’s population at around 23 million through until 2050.
This is in contrast to current projections of at least 36 million.
Australia’s high population growth rate leads to a doubling of our population every 30-35 years, and causes or exacerbates many of our major economic, environmental and social problems.
The results of high population growth have been near-permanent water shortages, increasing pollution, dying river systems, a surge in imports and skyrocketing foreign debt, reduced per capita value of our mineral wealth and exports, unaffordable housing, expensive rebuilding of our cities and infrastructure, impoverished government budgets, loss of limited arable farmland to housing, traffic gridlock, crowding of our coastal towns and resorts, loss of native species and wildlife like the koala, urban congestion, local suburb planning conflict, loss of personal security and open spaces for our children to play, just to name a few. What is all this in aid of?
According to the Australian Academy of Science and leading demographers, a stable population is now both necessary and possible.
Here are two recent media reports concerning the formation of the party:
As the founder, I have also recently promoted the new party in media interviews on Today Tonight, ABC Radio, etc.
In summary, our major policies to help stabilise Australia’s and the world’s population are as follows:
Adopt a formal national ‘population policy’ to stabilise Australia’s population at around 23 million until 2050.
Adopt a balanced and sustainable migration program, with annual immigration at around 50-80,000, being equivalent to total annual emigration.
Maintain Australia’s current refugee and humanitarian intake within this broader immigration quota.
Abolish the Baby Bonus and re-direct funds to needy families, as well as to education and training of our own workforce.
Tie foreign aid wherever possible to the improvement of governance and economic and environmental sustainability, with a particular focus on women’s rights and on opportunities for couples to access family planning services.
The abovementioned article links will give you further background information.
We need 500 ‘Founding Members’ ASAP in order to apply to the Australian Electoral Commission for official registration in early March. The AEC registration process then takes up to 12 weeks. We need official registration by mid-year to stand candidates in most States and Territories in the 2010 Federal Election.
Australia’s population growth isn’t inevitable. It is a choice and we are entitled to make it.
At the next Federal election we will finally have the choice between a stable, sustainable Australia, and a future Australia we won’t recognise. We can decide what we want to pass on to our children and grandchildren.
I am pleased to say that Stable Population Party of Australia already has the support and encouragement of a range of thoughtful and high profile Australians, including Mark O’Connor and William lines, co-authors of Overloading Australia.
Please ensure you read this book! See: http://www.australianpoet.com/overloading.html
Please post your completed Stable Population Party of Australia membership application ASAP to:
PO Box 601
Neutral Bay NSW 2089
Note that we are currently a ‘lean and mean’ organisation with a committee of volunteers. We will do our best to get back to you ASAP if you have any enquiries. A website will also be up and running by early March 2010 at www.populationparty.com for you to view.
Stable Population Party of Australia
Ed. William Bourke is a Sydney businessman