Australia’s bizarrely high population growth lies behind many of our worst problems

March 4, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Mark O’Connor for this column.

In Australia, Right-wing “growthists” demand endless growth of the economy backed by endless growth of population. Forced since late 2006 to accept a serious public debate about water supplies and about how to maintain “growth” without more greenhouse gases, they are nevertheless determined to scotch any discussion about limiting population.

Many on the Left also refuse to debate population matters. They confuse immigrants with refugees and make absurd claims that limiting immigration would tumble us into fascism.

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