LETTER: from Vivienne Ortega – 29 March 2010 – The Urban Taskforce’s Aaron Gadiel said Treasury “forecasts” are that population will rise from 22 million to 36 million by the middle of the century. This is not a “forecast” population number but one that is socially engineered, manipulated, by our Government’s baby bonus and record high immigration program.
At our present rate of growth, we will be over 50 million by 2050, and to keep our numbers “down” to that level, there must be some control over population increases. Without a population policy, Kevin Rudd has been allowed to inflict his own personal agenda of a “big Australia” onto the nation.
According to Aaron Gadiel, “the growth of a human society should never be equated with the problems caused by feral cats, cane toads and gamba grass.” No matter the economic, social and intrinsic value of the human species, over-population will make us into a destructive pest species. We are all part of nature and must fit into our finite ecological systems. When demand outstretches supply, then we end up being a destructive force on the planet.
Our ageing population is the result of the post war baby boom and our massive immigration program in the following decades. Continuing to add more people, no matter how skilled, will not keep our population young.
Once our environment goes into meltdown, all the skills and economics won’t compensate for the downturn in living standards, the extinction of wildlife, or the loss of viable ecological systems that provide our livelihoods.