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» 12/05/2019 12:34:13 PM The anti-abortion lobby have been losing this argument because people see sentience as def.....
» 26/01/2019 3:06:10 PM mhaze, You are correct that making people in high fertility countries better off would br.....
» 25/01/2019 1:53:37 PM mhaze, I am saying just the opposite, that there is no reason that people shouldn't be cr.....
» 24/01/2019 2:32:35 PM I generally agree with you, Jay Cee Ess. A lot of the difference in the Frenchman's greenh.....
» 23/01/2019 7:09:20 PM This graph from the Global Footprint Network shows environmental footprint (consumption) a.....
» 14/12/2018 9:53:28 AM The problem with offering amnesty is that this has already been tried, in 1986 under Presi.....
» 7/12/2018 1:33:07 PM Armchair Critic, When your toddler floods the bathroom, the first thing that you do is tu.....
» 6/12/2018 7:10:44 PM Alan B, Facing up to reality isn't the same as being a racist. You need to take a look at.....
» 1/11/2018 3:24:50 PM Alan B, Apart from aquatic species, humans and their domestic animals constitute 96% of a.....
» 1/11/2018 11:25:04 AM Hasbeen and ttbn seem to have missed the point here. Eric Claus' argument is that we face .....
» 17/08/2018 4:30:40 PM All of the population boosters here should take a look at some of the World Bank's statist.....
» 5/09/2017 6:35:11 PM Alan, There have been a number of Supreme Court cases in the US about the First Amendment.....
» 5/09/2017 4:24:12 PM Laurence Maher is spot on. I hope that the city government of Charlottlesville and the Gov.....
» 1/09/2017 1:56:30 PM Great article, Graham For more information, see this article by Steven LeBlanc, Professor.....
» 10/02/2017 6:28:09 PM Big Nana, The problem with your argument is that (in Sydney or Melbourne at least) regul.....
» 28/06/2016 9:39:31 AM Andras, No one who thinks about it would doubt that migrants create jobs as well as takin.....
» 26/06/2016 5:49:09 PM Rhian, It clearly costs money to expand networks as well as updating them. You haven't gi.....
» 25/06/2016 1:05:14 PM Rhian, Growth in wages certainly has occurred, but it has been very anemic compared to gr.....
» 24/06/2016 4:50:42 PM Hi Rhian, The costs of infrastructure for such high population growth in the context of a.....
» 23/06/2016 3:52:37 PM Rhian, Just do a search on "Visa scandals Australia", and your eyes will be ope.....
» 23/06/2016 2:37:39 PM Rhian, Of course there are other factors involved in wages, but I am glad you agree that .....
» 23/06/2016 9:36:10 AM Rhian, There have been a number of economic reports on immigration from around the world,.....
» 22/06/2016 6:15:53 PM Plantagenet, No one questions that mass migration adds to aggregate GDP, but why should y.....
» 21/03/2016 2:16:20 PM Andras, Talking your book again? If the "white nativists" have so much power, t.....
» 20/03/2016 3:20:08 PM The Liberals and Greens are assuming that the people whose votes ended up electing, say, R.....
» 20/03/2016 2:46:06 PM If free trade and mass migration are as wonderful as the author says, for the nation as wh.....
» 15/02/2016 3:04:18 PM The problem is that even dumb people can decide that enough is enough. Conditions haven't .....
» 15/02/2016 10:50:06 AM As it was reported, the real objection of the American Psychological Association was not t.....
» 28/01/2016 8:25:30 AM Aidan, There clearly aren't enough jobs. The ABS uses a ridiculously restrictive definiti.....
» 27/01/2016 1:52:01 PM Aidan, Let's suppose that there were really bad industrial relations laws but that illega.....
» 27/01/2016 10:41:30 AM Tony Lavis, You are actually wrong that refusing Muslims visas would be unconstitutional,.....
» 27/01/2016 10:07:11 AM Suzeonline, Illegal immigrants have been shown to drastically depress wages in the groups.....
» 22/01/2016 10:44:19 AM cont'd "The man is brilliant. I mean that without the smallest trace of mockery. He’.....
» 22/01/2016 10:41:00 AM Suzeonline and Loudmouth, You do realise that the sneering mockery people like you indulg.....
» 21/01/2016 10:27:35 AM Loudmouth, If I had to choose between a candidate who says nice things about women (and I.....
» 21/01/2016 9:39:01 AM Toni Lavis, You and Loudmouth persist in seeing this as a conventional election. Here are.....
» 20/01/2016 2:33:20 PM To really understand why Trump (and Sanders) are attracting so much support, you need to l.....
» 19/01/2016 1:53:10 PM mhaze, Julian Simon was a mathematical ignoramus, as this review of his book by the econo.....
» 18/01/2016 6:17:47 PM mhaze, I suggest that you take a look at Norman Borlaug's Nobel Prize acceptance speech: .....
» 7/01/2016 8:27:21 PM mhaze, It would be more interesting to see the value (as a proportion of total value) of .....
» 14/12/2015 8:28:22 AM Anyone who thinks that either population or consumption can grow without limit on a finite.....
» 13/12/2015 1:37:37 PM Loudmouth, This link from the UN shows the various contributions to population growth in .....
» 11/12/2015 5:31:08 PM imacentrist moderate, You might be right if we had a first past the post voting system, b.....
» 11/12/2015 5:22:31 PM Loudmouth, Soon, as estimated by the ABS, would be some time in the 2030s, and even then .....
» 11/12/2015 10:09:53 AM Loudmouth, Of course Sustainable Australia didn't win, but this party was only registered.....
» 11/12/2015 9:08:29 AM Andras, It wouldn't have done you any good to deny being Andrew Smith, as you are well aw.....
» 10/12/2015 6:26:09 PM Andras, Every time that you insinuate that we are racists or give a damn about John Tanto.....
» 10/12/2015 5:30:39 PM Aidan, You effectively want to socialise the costs of a big immigration program. Big busi.....
» 9/12/2015 12:57:55 PM Rhrosty, The problem with the infrastructure backlog is that a new resident immediately n.....
» 8/12/2015 7:53:59 PM mhaze, You are only looking at the last 200 years, when we have been able to keep ahead o.....
» 7/10/2015 12:11:02 PM Andras Smith, You have previously admitted that you are Andrew Smith, Education Consulta.....
» 6/10/2015 12:06:06 PM Rhian, No question that Syria, like many other countries, benefited from the Green Revolu.....
» 2/10/2015 7:05:35 PM Rhian, The Syrians were no longer self-sufficient in food as they were in 1960, not surpr.....
» 1/10/2015 8:11:51 PM Rhian, There is never just one factor involved, but there is a clear relationship between.....
» 1/10/2015 6:01:39 PM (cont'd) There are still a significant number of countries, mostly but not exclusively in.....
» 1/10/2015 5:53:06 PM Rhian, Globally, we are doing serious damage to our environment and life support systems .....
» 23/09/2015 1:57:19 PM James O'Neill, No question that Western interference has been part of the problem, but yo.....
» 8/07/2015 3:25:17 PM What Hasbeen said. The days when the average citizen derived any net benefit from high po.....
» 8/06/2015 9:14:31 PM Sorry, Thinkabit I hit the wrong button and posted before I meant to. The last link in my.....
» 8/06/2015 8:43:32 PM Thinkabit, Grain production per capita was indeed outstripping population growth if you g.....
» 7/06/2015 2:43:08 PM In the following link, there is a graph of total global grain production and grain product.....
» 26/05/2015 10:02:57 AM Emperor Julian, Here is the link to the Tom Hartmann article http://www.thomhartmann.com.....
» 25/05/2015 2:15:45 PM Emperor Julian, Your comments on Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) are libellous. He.....
» 25/05/2015 11:08:35 AM Emperor Julian, I don't disagree with anything in the article that you linked to. High fe.....
» 24/05/2015 5:47:41 PM Very wise comment, OTB The economist Leith van Onselen agrees with you http://www.macrob.....
» 24/05/2015 1:35:08 PM Emperor Julian, Do you seriously expect us to believe that the quadrupling of Syria's pop.....
» 23/05/2015 4:21:53 PM warmair, No one here is saying that those Bangladeshis and Rohingyas should just be left .....
» 19/05/2015 11:52:20 AM (cont'd) Many African and Near and Middle Eastern Islamic societies are still in the Malt.....
» 19/05/2015 11:28:50 AM This problem is ultimately largely down to overpopulation issues, as SteeleRedux says, and.....
» 14/05/2015 3:28:35 PM In terms of the delay, possibly Abbott et al. don't want to be seen to break his election .....
» 13/05/2015 5:57:33 PM LittleOzemailPensioner, The taper rate has been very generous, but you have to question h.....
» 13/05/2015 4:55:19 PM Shadow Minister, The rot set in with the Dawkins Reforms of 1988. Here is what Barry Jone.....
» 12/05/2015 5:20:00 PM Our system is getting more and more like the US one. The US job market has deteriorated, a.....
» 12/05/2015 2:31:09 PM In 1900, global population was about 1.6 billion. There were two major developments in the.....
» 6/05/2015 8:10:43 PM Rehctub, You assume that because the rich pay more taxes that they therefore must have cr.....
» 2/05/2015 4:34:50 PM Aidan, The problem with your argument is that there are diseconomies of scale as well as .....
» 1/05/2015 3:35:00 PM Aidan, The 2006 Productivity Commission report on immigration and a number of other repor.....
» 20/04/2015 9:09:35 PM Banjo is correct. There are two issues: sheer numbers and culturally incompatible migrants.....
» 20/04/2015 8:14:41 PM What is amusing here is that conservation was originally a cause of the Right, not the Lef.....
» 31/03/2015 12:27:46 PM MaxT, While wasteful consumption is clearly a serious problem, I don't think that it is t.....
» 30/03/2015 4:59:55 PM Max Thomas correctly points out that not all our environmental problems are related to pop.....
» 29/01/2015 3:46:44 PM Rhian, I agree with most of what you say here, but not about the superannuation taxation......
» 28/01/2015 1:20:55 PM Armchair Critic, I would like to see citizen initiated referenda, such as they have in Sw.....
» 27/01/2015 1:53:40 PM Bazz, You are right about population growth tracking the availability of energy, and you .....
» 26/01/2015 7:03:48 PM Squeers, Engels was writing at a time when global population was less than 2 billion. (It.....
» 26/01/2015 6:33:34 PM Some interesting comments. BJelly, mass migration is obviously not the only tactic that th.....
» 25/01/2015 1:36:52 PM I agree with you about Hans Rosling, Squeers. You need to look at how people actually beha.....
» 25/01/2015 1:05:04 PM If you make anonymous posts, you don't need to worry about reprisals in the real world of .....
» 25/01/2015 11:16:37 AM (cont'd) There is a huge literature on this among archaeologists and economic historians,.....
» 25/01/2015 10:47:56 AM BJelly, Everything that goes wrong in the world is not the fault of the West. I am not co.....
» 25/01/2015 9:48:55 AM This graphic of Australia's age distribution allows comparison from 1900 to the present an.....
» 24/01/2015 1:50:41 PM If it were just a few thousand people in desperate trouble, I would agree with BJelly and .....
» 22/01/2015 2:50:07 PM Some people like to create the impression that population is no longer a problem because f.....
» 19/01/2015 11:47:33 AM Whether you agree with him or not, where is the evidence that Gary Johns' concerns relate .....
» 13/01/2015 11:40:41 AM cont'd Australia's population: Here, the problem is with our elite, not our fertility ra.....
» 13/01/2015 11:09:29 AM Loudmouth, Global population: The problem is not solved. If you look at the charts and t.....
» 12/01/2015 9:51:24 AM Lying again, Malcolm? <just how riddled they are with far right froot loops, bearded g.....
» 11/01/2015 2:18:13 PM Malcolm, <To be honest, no one inside or outside of government cares about population .....
» 10/01/2015 4:11:23 PM What a misguided rant, Malcolm There is a lot of material on the SPA and SPP websites, bu.....
» 9/01/2015 12:11:04 PM Angus Taylor, like many others before him, is trying to turn a class issue into a generati.....
» 9/01/2015 11:43:29 AM Jardine, Another point, even if you can't accept euthanasia for religious or other reason.....
» 9/01/2015 11:14:31 AM (cont'd) As you well know, we don't have optional preferential voting at the federal leve.....
» 9/01/2015 11:12:52 AM Malcolm, You have told so many lies that I refuse to believe you about Jane O'Sullivan un.....
» 8/01/2015 12:02:32 PM (cont'd) <What you’re seeing with articles promoting eugenics and slashing population .....
» 8/01/2015 11:30:54 AM Since you are determined to hijack the thread... Loudmouth, Just go to the link. The num.....
» 7/01/2015 11:53:19 AM Loudmouth, It is easy to mock Matthew, but you might take a look at this paper by Prof. B.....
» 5/01/2015 4:06:08 PM Foxy, See this ranking of the difficulty of learning different foreign languages (for a n.....
» 3/01/2015 2:26:50 PM Loudmouth, Someone on this thread or the previous one on this topic suggested dealing wit.....
» 2/01/2015 4:26:13 PM Malcolm King, Nice attempt to derail this thread, which has nothing to do with Sustainabl.....
» 31/12/2014 9:04:29 PM Around half of all US states have implemented policies similar to what Gary Johns is propo.....
» 18/12/2014 9:24:03 AM Aidan, Your faith in the ability of our politicians to solve problems while boosting popu.....
» 15/12/2014 3:09:08 PM Aidan, It is a very long way from the lab to practical applications. A lot of ideas that .....
» 15/12/2014 10:18:04 AM Aidan, You keep making unfounded assertions about how we could solve our problems and mak.....
» 5/12/2014 4:09:07 PM Aidan, Of course governments can print as much money as they like - just like Germany aft.....
» 4/12/2014 11:07:01 AM Aidan, There are a number of economists who don't agree with you. See Leith van Onselen (.....
» 3/12/2014 12:17:05 PM Aidan, A higher population will increase pressure to divert parkland to human use, just a.....
» 29/11/2014 12:06:52 PM ConservativeHippie, There have been reports then and since, but they have been ignored or.....
» 28/11/2014 4:06:40 PM cont'd <I am familiar with I=PAT. But T could be greatly improved just by hastening th.....
» 28/11/2014 4:05:34 PM Good link, Foxy It very clearly summarises a lot of the environmental issues. Aidan, &l.....
» 26/11/2014 8:32:45 PM Rhian, Don't just read the executive summary of the House of Lords Report. The very small.....
» 26/11/2014 8:11:43 PM Rhrosty, The old Spanish land titles were recognized by the US in the Treaty of Guadalupe.....
» 26/11/2014 5:31:37 PM Aidan, I too would like to see your evidence that any problem can be solved. It is true t.....
» 26/11/2014 5:05:02 PM This graph from the Global Footprint Network shows the problem with Barry York's open bord.....
» 25/11/2014 9:16:26 AM Yuyutsu, You have a curious view of human rights. All the land in Australia belongs to pr.....
» 24/11/2014 3:10:59 PM Aidan, You and Yuyutsu are assuming that there is no problem if there is no armed invasio.....
» 23/11/2014 2:34:16 PM Yuyutsu, <- But what do you do if your culture is unattractive, if it is vacuous? It i.....
» 23/11/2014 1:56:16 PM Hasbeen, It is true that our economy is now heavily dependent on population growth, and .....
» 21/11/2014 6:38:05 PM Some really good comments here. The Australian Academy of Science looked at this issue fro.....
» 29/10/2014 11:57:29 AM The link between vaccines for some of these nasty diseases and population might be through.....
» 18/10/2014 10:34:09 AM Jardine, "Human values" might change if people understood the long-term implica.....
» 14/10/2014 3:30:01 PM Jardine, I am saddened when someone expresses a real hatred of people, but that doesn't m.....
» 13/10/2014 7:58:52 PM Rehctub, You are assuming that the people running these large companies are all entrepren.....
» 13/10/2014 12:28:03 PM It may surprise you, Jardine, but there is a big difference between killing people who are.....
» 2/10/2014 8:52:48 AM rehctub, You and Robert Page are absolutely right about the 457 visas. When this is broug.....
» 25/09/2014 7:18:33 PM It is you who have been playing the man and not the ball, Andras. You accuse anyone who di.....
» 25/09/2014 4:00:40 PM Andras, I suspect that you are far more concerned about the multicoloured folding stuff t.....
» 23/09/2014 12:42:27 PM Keith Suter sees the money that is pouring into the universities via the immigration scam .....
» 23/09/2014 11:58:40 AM Rhrosty, Trickle-drip irrigation has its advantages and has been around for a long time. .....
» 22/09/2014 2:59:52 PM Excellent comment, Ludwig. Among the main reasons that our state and federal governments a.....
» 15/09/2014 1:58:52 PM As I recall, trap, neuter, and release was first used in Europe to reduce the spread of ra.....
» 13/09/2014 8:07:44 PM Jardine, How is cracking down on an egregious rort reducing the aged or working class peo.....
» 13/09/2014 3:58:43 PM Great post on the situation in Queensland, Ludwig Paul, Where is your evidence that Aust.....
» 12/09/2014 4:25:26 PM Foxy, If you believe that there are no freedom of speech concerns with 18C, you might loo.....
» 11/09/2014 5:53:12 PM This article appears to be one of the usual attempts to turn a class issue into a generati.....
» 1/09/2014 9:33:07 AM LEGO, The existing HECS system is not unfair, and high income earners also pay tax at hig.....
» 29/08/2014 4:04:48 PM Killarney is right. The debt will be a problem for all young people, not just women, altho.....
» 22/08/2014 2:13:01 PM Yuyutsu, People have always been "multiplying beyond their means of subsistence".....
» 16/08/2014 7:32:12 PM Not much chance of politicians being abolished. To avoid confusion - I am a woman......
» 16/08/2014 2:00:39 PM You are right about the firing squad, O Sung Wu Unlike the rest of you, I have considerab.....
» 14/08/2014 7:33:22 PM You are right, O Sung Wu. People do get corrupted by power, but there would have to be few.....
» 14/08/2014 7:11:39 PM Yvonne, Exporting education only looks profitable for Australia because the people who be.....
» 13/08/2014 2:48:42 PM O Sung Wu, I enjoy reading your comments as well. Re your last comment: I believe that al.....
» 12/08/2014 5:16:54 PM Yvonne, Some Greens (including the South Australian branch) have said good things about s.....
» 12/08/2014 12:34:17 PM You are right there, Paul, but how is Labor different? We had immigration high enough to g.....
» 11/08/2014 2:46:05 PM I agree completely, Bazz. Why do you think that our glorious leaders are doing this? It is.....
» 11/08/2014 11:20:47 AM Poirot, After Kevin Rudd's Big Australia gaffe, when Julia Gillard took over as Prime Min.....
» 9/08/2014 2:50:42 PM While they may not have known all the details, the politicians of both major parties had t.....
» 8/08/2014 11:44:42 AM My, my -- Andras' list of villains is getting longer and longer. He might be better advise.....
» 7/08/2014 11:30:08 AM The problem with 18C isn't that it stops people from telling malicious lies about individu.....
» 7/08/2014 10:58:57 AM From the lead front page article (by Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker) of today's Sydney Mo.....
» 6/08/2014 6:39:07 PM I agree, Bazz. Boosting population when you have looming environmental and resource proble.....
» 5/08/2014 1:46:43 PM Good post, Shockadelic It is easy to show an economic benefit from migration if you assum.....
» 4/08/2014 2:32:19 PM You didn't point me to anything, Paddy. I have never believed that a migrant's worth is so.....
» 3/08/2014 3:31:54 PM Paddy, It is not anti-human or racist to object to an airplane being overloaded, even if .....
» 3/08/2014 2:46:33 PM Shockadelic, Large families are not a problem in Australia from a population point of vie.....
» 2/08/2014 2:41:56 PM Paddy, Incomuicardo is doing a marvellous job without me. <Normally Divergence would .....
» 31/07/2014 8:04:16 PM Incomuicardo, From the World Bank figures, 6.2% of our land area (including islands) is a.....
» 31/07/2014 6:33:21 PM What exactly is your definition of a racist, Paddy? Anyone who isn't overjoyed with unendi.....
» 30/07/2014 4:20:39 PM There are two main camps of pro-immigrationists. Some just don't understand that there are.....
» 20/07/2014 7:55:54 PM If SPA and SPP actually embrace "Tanton's racist philosophy", then why don't the.....
» 20/07/2014 6:05:32 PM Andras, You are really scraping the bottom of the barrel with SPLC. There have been a nu.....
» 19/07/2014 6:32:40 PM Since I am neither a Jew nor an Arab, I don't have a dog in this fight, but from what I ha.....
» 19/07/2014 5:53:14 PM The smear tactics used by Malcolm King and Andras Smith are directly copied from those use.....
» 19/07/2014 5:32:41 PM Isn't it wonderful that we have this brilliant PR man, Malcolm King, who understands more .....
» 18/07/2014 5:47:38 PM As I wrote when we discussed the issue of high density in existing suburbs, I blame the po.....
» 18/07/2014 1:30:51 PM Good answer, Incomuicardo King is completely ignoring future risk. Here is what the UN sa.....
» 17/07/2014 3:38:28 PM (cont'd) Back in 1994, when the evidence for all these problems was a lot weaker, the Aus.....
» 17/07/2014 3:19:30 PM Exactly, Bazz Globally, we have 7 billion people going on 10-11 billion (from the UN medi.....
» 15/07/2014 11:46:11 AM Shadow Minister, You then need to explain why we have such high unemployment and underemp.....
» 14/07/2014 7:33:32 PM (cont'd) "The US, in short, was in a revolutionary situation, and many among the pol.....
» 14/07/2014 7:32:32 PM Shadow Minister, Letting "jobs fade away to other countries" is a matter of del.....
» 14/07/2014 5:35:43 PM If the labour market were as strong as Angus Taylor says, then you would expect low rates .....
» 14/07/2014 4:37:52 PM (cont'd) You and Andras make much of the ABS decision to include students and temporary m.....
» 14/07/2014 4:15:08 PM OK Paddy, It is no secret that there are growthist demographers, but why should we believ.....
» 13/07/2014 1:55:24 PM Lots of good posts here, apart from Andras Smith, who hasn't denied that he is a migration.....
» 11/07/2014 8:31:21 PM Pericles, This graph shows GDP per capita for Japan and a number of other countries from .....
» 11/07/2014 6:07:07 PM Good post, BiancaDog Malcolm King has a public relations company and hasn't denied to tha.....
» 10/07/2014 10:20:01 AM Matthew, Many people are caught between the jaws of a nutcracker. One jaw is the offshori.....
» 7/07/2014 7:20:26 PM SPQR has identified the main issue. Most of the other problems, such as credentialism, are.....
» 7/07/2014 4:08:34 PM Talk of envy makes the assumption that this is all about consumer goods. Most of us here i.....
» 30/06/2014 12:10:21 PM Shockadelic is right about the responsibility of the federal government. From ABS figures,.....
» 25/06/2014 3:59:00 PM Bazz, Put the blame where it belongs. Of course the people who sell houses to us would de.....
» 10/06/2014 4:21:02 PM Warmair, You appear to be right about the biocapacity, but it only boils down a lot of fa.....
» 9/06/2014 4:53:32 PM Warmair, If you are concerned about global warming, you should recognize that our politic.....
» 9/06/2014 4:18:30 PM Warmair, As was mentioned in an earlier post of mine on this thread, environmental footpr.....
» 7/06/2014 6:26:40 PM Nhoj, You and Runner are a pair. He denies science because it challenges his fundamentali.....
» 5/06/2014 4:03:03 PM Pericles, You are assuming that a lower environmental footprint is always better. We can .....
» 3/06/2014 5:34:46 PM Good post, Shockadelic, although the cultural factors will be moot if we stuff up the envi.....
» 3/06/2014 2:09:17 PM Nature doesn't do per capita, Pericles. If there are enough people, it doesn't matter if p.....
» 28/05/2014 4:40:22 PM The housing problem is not due to inflated expectations by home buyers, but to the inflate.....
» 27/05/2014 12:26:48 PM Graham, Your argument only holds if both major parties are free to lie. In that case, the.....
» 22/05/2014 9:49:30 AM Trapdiocan, There is no UN convention obliging Australia or any other country to take imm.....
» 21/05/2014 3:17:56 PM Yuyutsu, If something will lead to the collapse of a society, with possibly millions of d.....
» 21/05/2014 10:26:54 AM trapdiocan, Why hasn't Japan's international standing suffered because they have virtuall.....
» 21/05/2014 10:03:12 AM Yuyutsu, You said, "...nobody has the right to deny others access to the whole of on.....
» 20/05/2014 4:52:37 PM Yuyutsu, You and Pericles seem to think that Australia has this enormous carrying capacit.....
» 20/05/2014 2:38:37 PM RObert, From the comments I have read, I don't think people support the idea of running u.....
» 20/05/2014 12:54:54 PM The previous comments are spot on. Even if they have no religious convictions, to maintain.....
» 15/05/2014 11:10:54 AM JP, You are setting up impossible conditions. If you do web searches on this subject, you.....
» 14/05/2014 5:05:15 PM JP, Peter Singer's views are extreme because it is clear that a newborn baby is sentient......
» 14/05/2014 10:57:02 AM Good post, Jardine You are no doubt right about the Refugee Convention. This link from th.....
» 14/05/2014 10:05:12 AM JP, Peter Singer's views are very extreme. We are developing more and more respect for th.....
» 13/05/2014 2:51:10 PM The two sides on this issue will never accept each other's premises. In most areas of life.....
» 13/05/2014 12:16:48 PM It is clear that the politicians (of both parties) make promises before elections that the.....
» 12/05/2014 3:14:48 PM The Coalition was doubtless aware of the true economic situation before the election. Woul.....
» 11/05/2014 1:02:53 PM Sorry, Ludwig Pericles appears to be right about the GDP. Spending on repairs after disas.....
» 10/05/2014 8:44:09 PM It is amusing how Pericles and Nhoj first try to claim that there is a per capita benefit .....
» 10/05/2014 4:23:21 PM Good comments from rehctub and Yuyutsu. Of course we could grow crops in the Sahara using.....
» 8/05/2014 3:44:30 PM Nhoj, Ludwig is right about the costs of immigration. No one disputes that it increases .....
» 6/05/2014 1:55:48 PM Excellent article, Perhaps 18C and D should be amended to allow an offence of group libel.....
» 6/05/2014 1:09:32 PM LEGO, Overpopulation is always relative to the technology at the time. I am not a Cornuco.....
» 3/05/2014 1:44:53 PM cont'd "There were few employment alternatives to farming. The country’s major emplo.....
» 3/05/2014 1:42:59 PM On the contrary, Cohenite. You have it back to front. The overpopulation leads to competit.....
» 2/05/2014 1:02:24 PM You are right, Hasbeen Historically, one of the functions of the monarch has been to main.....
» 1/05/2014 11:09:03 AM Sensible comment, Bazz Perhaps Suzeonline would like to tell us why the rest of the world.....
» 29/04/2014 1:24:38 PM A lot of you seem to think that the US is somehow equivalent to Nazi Germany, but what we .....
» 28/04/2014 5:22:41 PM cont'd "The US, in short, was in a revolutionary situation, and many among the polit.....
» 28/04/2014 5:14:49 PM Great thread, Dick Dastardly. It is pretty clear that the US is an oligarchy, run by and f.....
» 28/04/2014 3:58:27 PM Pointing out the dangerous unintended consequences of a road rule is not selfish or irresp.....
» 28/04/2014 3:36:44 PM Rehctub, You would be correct if decentralization had gone ahead. As it is, there is a li.....
» 28/04/2014 9:16:43 AM Rehctub, You are blaming ordinary Australians for factors that are mostly due to greed of.....
» 23/04/2014 11:05:20 AM Raising the retirement age might make sense if there really was a labour shortage. In the .....
» 22/04/2014 2:56:21 PM Rhian, You are suggesting that the resources exist to make 7 billion people rich without .....
» 22/04/2014 1:36:18 PM Pericles, The minor parties and independents can do nothing, even if they all vote in the.....
» 22/04/2014 1:22:53 PM But Rhian, You need to take a longer term view. If parents can't profit from renting out .....
» 17/04/2014 1:40:36 PM Bruce Haigh, While I see personal abuse as counterproductive, there needs to be some nume.....
» 15/04/2014 4:55:55 PM Tristan, A bigger population also creates diseconomies of scale. As just one example, des.....
» 15/04/2014 4:10:24 PM It is quite true that Australia's fertility rate is slightly below replacement level, but .....
» 15/04/2014 1:02:13 PM Pericles, You are assuming that foreigners should have no say at all if a particular nati.....
» 14/04/2014 11:15:29 AM Pericles, So far as the Traveston dam is concerned, Pharyngula, one of the main biology b.....
» 12/04/2014 3:27:56 PM Pericles, While I strongly disagree with some of the Greens' policies, I find it amusing .....
» 11/04/2014 2:30:21 PM Pericles and Ludwig, Leith van Onselen has published a graph showing growth in total and .....
» 10/04/2014 2:33:54 PM Onthebeach, This Wikipedia article summarises some of the studies that have been done on .....
» 5/04/2014 1:39:17 PM (cont'd) Saltpetre is right about the jobs. This is what Tim Colebatch, the Economics Edi.....
» 5/04/2014 1:17:41 PM SPQR, I am flattered, but there is nothing special about me. You will find a lot of the s.....
» 4/04/2014 11:33:41 AM Paul, Every country will have to get used to a stable age structure (unless it collapses).....
» 4/04/2014 10:37:05 AM Paul, The 1.8% population growth rate that we have, nearly 75% due directly or indirectly.....
» 4/04/2014 8:41:59 AM Paul, Australia's population growth rate is the highest or nearly the highest in the deve.....
» 2/04/2014 3:51:10 PM Foxy, It is a bit difficult to change public opinion when your opponents control the medi.....
» 2/04/2014 11:16:46 AM Excellent article, Kellie Countries need to plan for decent safety margins so as not to c.....
» 2/04/2014 10:44:26 AM Foxy, You really need to do the math. Our population is currently growing at 1.8% per yea.....
» 1/04/2014 7:33:28 PM Foxy, The issue for most of us is the numbers, not whether we should have immigration at .....
» 1/04/2014 1:24:25 PM (cont'd) But look at these graphs from State of Working America. CEO to worker compensat.....
» 1/04/2014 1:20:13 PM Andras is also doing his best to obscure the population growth rate of 1.8%. The Australia.....
» 30/03/2014 3:58:51 PM Foxy, The problem with the ageing argument is that migrants grow old too, just like every.....
» 30/03/2014 2:26:49 PM The concerns about 18C and D are related to what could be done with them by activist judge.....
» 30/03/2014 2:07:38 PM Foxy says that Australia needs a bigger population. Why? Back in 1994 the Australian Acade.....
» 26/03/2014 2:00:47 PM Paul, If a stranger started screaming unprovoked abuse at me in public, I would definitel.....
» 25/03/2014 1:57:26 PM Paul, The sort of situation you discuss is already covered by laws related to defamation .....
» 24/03/2014 2:04:02 PM Paul, Both you and the censors in Iran and North Korea want to stifle the expression of i.....
» 24/03/2014 1:25:55 PM Foxy's paeans to immigration have two underlying assumptions. The first is that if a littl.....
» 22/03/2014 2:44:36 PM Paul, That is a genuinely authoritarian attitude. The censors in Iran or Communist China .....
» 22/03/2014 10:00:58 AM Paul, Foxy left the debate rather than choose between either agreeing that truth should b.....
» 21/03/2014 4:09:49 PM Foxy, You haven't answered the question about whether truth should be a defence......
» 21/03/2014 11:24:14 AM Foxy and Paul, Do you believe that truth or substantial truth should be a defence under t.....
» 16/03/2014 5:28:37 PM Paul, People should have a right not to be threatened or have malicious lies told about t.....
» 15/03/2014 7:41:27 PM Andras, Sometimes there is some truth in stereotypes. Canada is scrapping a scheme that a.....
» 15/03/2014 12:02:55 PM Andras and Malcolm King, The Republicans and Democrats avoid *these people* because the D.....
» 14/03/2014 5:50:22 PM cont'd Tanton also says that he is not opposed to immigration as such, only the scale of .....
» 14/03/2014 5:45:00 PM Andras Smith, I suspect that the vast majority of Australians who are concerned about pop.....
» 12/03/2014 12:19:02 PM Great post, Killarney Rhrosty, I don't often agree with Pericles, but I think that he ha.....
» 11/03/2014 6:19:43 PM Of course population growth is a furphy in Australia, Malcolm. That is why the Australian .....
» 11/03/2014 11:52:55 AM Malcolm/Cheryl, You evidently think that just wanting a better life should give people en.....
» 30/01/2014 3:45:49 PM Great post, Never Trust Politicians. You might consider that the politicians actively want.....
» 29/01/2014 9:35:27 PM ClaireC, This is from the conclusion of your article: "House prices are, as expecte.....
» 25/01/2014 6:54:06 PM (Cont'd) From Musgrave paper (pp. 12-13): "Having said that immigrants essentially .....
» 25/01/2014 6:31:07 PM Rhian, In a number of European countries with much lower population growth than ours, hou.....
» 24/01/2014 6:38:02 PM Nonsense, Rhian This excerpt from an IMF working paper shows historical house prices in E.....
» 16/11/2013 12:18:18 PM Rhian, I accept that you haven't fiddled your numbers when you compared population growth.....
» 15/11/2013 8:45:31 PM Rhian, Surely, the economy exists to promote the welfare and happiness of the people, or .....
» 14/11/2013 9:22:37 AM Rhian, The OECD has strict criteria for membership. It doesn't just take anyone who wants.....
» 12/11/2013 7:20:17 PM Cont'd According to Tim Colebatch, the Economics Editor of the Melbourne Age “People bor.....
» 12/11/2013 7:04:32 PM Rhian, Within Australia, where there are no barriers to migration, population growth may .....
» 11/11/2013 7:59:11 PM Rhian, Try doing the linear regression on growth in GDP per capita vs. population growth .....
» 10/11/2013 5:09:27 PM If Pericles were correct, we would expect the developed countries with the most rapidly gr.....
» 7/11/2013 4:18:44 PM Pericles, Conditions are better for a lot of us, largely due to technological progress, n.....
» 5/11/2013 4:25:06 PM Dempografix, If you are concerned with below replacement level fertility, you ought to be.....
» 5/11/2013 4:13:14 PM Rhian, It is clear from the charts that I linked to that net migration to the US was far .....
» 2/11/2013 12:54:13 PM Rhian, This backgrounder from the Center for Immigration Studies in the US contains a gra.....
» 31/10/2013 4:32:27 PM Rhian, How can you be sure that the improvements you point to are due to immigration and .....
» 31/10/2013 2:45:49 PM <There is also little doubt that immigration has enriched Australia’s economy and enhan.....
» 26/10/2013 3:55:52 PM Loudmouth, Any such problems could be dealt with by raising the retirement age a bit. In .....
» 26/10/2013 3:11:07 PM Malcolm King, Perhaps you could profit by getting a science degree. The founders of the v.....
» 24/10/2013 4:30:45 PM Malcolm King, If population growth brought prosperity, then the folks in Yemen and Afghan.....
» 24/10/2013 2:58:42 PM Loudmouth, What part of damaging our life support systems don't you understand? Do you th.....
» 22/10/2013 6:35:46 PM Loudmouth, Obviously, the Africans could benefit from better management, education for gi.....
» 22/10/2013 1:59:13 PM Jardine, The culture certainly has an influence, but Prof LeBlanc (see my last post) poin.....
» 22/10/2013 10:34:17 AM Loudmouth, Before 1800, the global population was always below 1 billion. Even then, peop.....
» 20/10/2013 1:32:00 PM Jardine, You are right so far as immediate causes are concerned, but why have ethnic and .....
» 19/10/2013 2:38:41 PM AndrasSmith, There are people on the Left in the US who believe in open borders. In their.....
» 19/10/2013 2:06:02 PM Malcolm King, The 2006 Productivity Commission report on immigration did indeed do some m.....
» 18/10/2013 8:04:12 PM Malcolm King, I don't feel silly at all. This is from the Productivity Commission 2010/20.....
» 18/10/2013 7:45:22 PM AndrasSmith, The usual way to determine whether a person is a racist is to look at what t.....
» 16/10/2013 6:25:24 PM <Much of their thinking comes from UK Population Matters ('babies are carbon bombs') an.....
» 16/10/2013 5:53:50 PM <The SPA and the SPGN are anti-immigration lobbyists. That's why their sister political.....
» 16/10/2013 5:28:46 PM Malcolm King, <Yet to believe as the Sustainable Population Australia(SPA)and SPGN do,.....
» 11/09/2013 1:09:20 PM We are in complete agreement, Ludwig It is worth pointing out that his electorate also ag.....
» 4/09/2013 4:05:56 PM Malcolm King, <It takes a while to sink in but I just realised that there is not an ec.....
» 2/09/2013 5:59:58 PM ivanthenotsoterrible, I am beating people with a stick! I post links so that people can t.....
» 2/09/2013 10:56:40 AM Ivanthenotsoterrible, Here is a link to the section of the 1994 Australian Academy of Sci.....
» 30/08/2013 3:50:11 PM Nonsense. You made up a lot of stuff in one of your previous articles about how SPP wante.....
» 30/08/2013 1:27:51 PM Malcolm King, NumbersUSA and the Far Right groups such as the Tea Party are united about .....
» 29/08/2013 6:42:07 PM Malcolm King, Appearing on the same platform at a town meeting with some pretty unpleasan.....
» 28/08/2013 3:16:07 PM Malcolm King, You are really scraping the bottom of the barrel if all you can come up wit.....
» 27/08/2013 7:18:19 PM Shockadelic, Here is a link to the UN's latest Human Development report with Human Develo.....
» 27/08/2013 2:40:01 PM Malcolm King, You are assuming that NumbersUSA really is some sort of hate group just be.....
» 26/08/2013 11:08:45 AM (cont'd) King et al. hope that shrieks of Racist! will have the same effect that shrieks .....
» 26/08/2013 10:50:59 AM Malcolm King and Andras Smith are beating up phony hysteria on racism to distract attentio.....
» 20/08/2013 12:43:25 PM It is always possible to argue about exactly how much infrastructure is needed and how muc.....
» 18/08/2013 5:48:35 PM This is from an article on the drum by William Bourke on onfrastructure: "The best i.....
» 17/08/2013 6:28:13 PM dmisso, Australia's fertility rate has been slightly below replacement level since 1976. .....
» 17/08/2013 12:03:34 PM Fester, This is from the 2010/2011 Productivity Commission Annual Report (p. 6): "A.....
» 16/08/2013 3:23:34 PM Fester, I don't speak for the Stable Population Party, but I believe it would be recogniz.....
» 14/08/2013 6:16:32 PM Spindoc, From the point of view of an individual peasant farmer in the Potato Famine, the.....
» 13/08/2013 8:00:40 PM Correction: Where I wrote 1985 in my post addressed to Spindoc, I meant 1845......
» 13/08/2013 7:40:54 PM Andras Smith, It is you who are being selective with your facts. You don't mention succes.....
» 13/08/2013 6:58:14 PM Spindoc, You really should check your facts before you make a fool of yourself. Even the .....
» 13/08/2013 5:33:49 PM I'll give you a simple example, Spindoc, the Irish Potato Famine. The Spanish conquistador.....
» 12/08/2013 3:46:38 PM Yuyutsu, I think that you are right about politicians not wanting the extent of disillusi.....
» 12/08/2013 1:41:25 PM Cheryl, The idea is to balance immigration and emigration. When international students go.....
» 12/08/2013 12:25:48 PM Suseonline, There are other rich countries, such as Japan, that have very little or no ne.....
» 7/08/2013 2:18:46 PM Spindoc, I have a first class honours degree in Physics, so I do know something about how.....
» 6/08/2013 12:23:32 PM Spindoc, What about all those warnings from the scientific community about shortages or l.....
» 30/07/2013 3:31:01 PM Because of the danger of false and malicious accusations, among other things, I would want.....
» 30/07/2013 10:27:49 AM Loudmouth, As you can see from the graph that I linked to, the phosphate rock price has c.....
» 28/07/2013 6:14:33 PM Loudmouth, You are ignoring the issue of environmental overshoot, of whether the increase.....
» 26/07/2013 9:15:19 PM It is obvious that both push and pull factors are involved in asylum seeking. This paper f.....
» 26/07/2013 8:54:22 PM Our population is currently growing at 1.8% annually. According to the ABS, 60% of that gr.....
» 26/07/2013 5:04:20 PM Belly, I am not a fan of the Greens (at least at the Federal level) for a number of reaso.....
» 26/07/2013 11:18:19 AM Belly, If you think that first past the post with no preferences is a great idea, take a .....
» 19/07/2013 4:02:44 PM Rhys, What happens to your relatives if you die and the money runs out? Not everyone is l.....
» 19/07/2013 12:41:32 PM Rhys, Whether insurance should be compulsory or not depends on whether your misfortune im.....
» 18/07/2013 3:34:46 PM Tristan, The advantage of paying for long-term care out of superannuation, and only using.....
» 18/07/2013 10:14:50 AM Grim is right. We didn't (and couldn't have afforded to) pay market wages to soldiers dur.....
» 17/07/2013 4:17:17 PM No problem, Csteele. As I have already written. I consider the invasion of Iraq a war crim.....
» 17/07/2013 4:06:06 PM Tristan, Why not use the extra 3% that is going to be paid into superannuation when it ri.....
» 17/07/2013 3:30:51 PM Grim, Do you seriously think that all land is equal, that desert, steep mountain slopes, .....
» 17/07/2013 2:21:04 PM Csteele, I have no problem in believing in your death squads, just that they were the dec.....
» 16/07/2013 5:29:18 PM There was nothing hypothetical about the Bakhtiari case. The family told a story about lon.....
» 12/07/2013 6:55:47 PM Rhian, A failed asylum seeker's home country can't be conclusively identified because he .....
» 12/07/2013 10:11:05 AM Rhian, My last post never claimed that economic factors were the most important, only tha.....
» 12/07/2013 9:38:22 AM Poirot, What Bush and his friends did in Iraq was terrible, but has it occurred to you th.....
» 11/07/2013 4:43:23 PM Rhian, This paper by Eric Neumayer looks at asylum claims in Europe to analyse the reason.....
» 11/07/2013 2:49:19 PM Poirot, <<How dare they react the chaos and the widespread devastation of their bas.....
» 11/07/2013 12:29:35 PM csteele, I believe that the US invasion of Iraq was a war crime, and I did at the time. I.....
» 11/07/2013 11:46:07 AM Malcolm King, It is a lie that I called young home buyers pollution or externalities. I h.....
» 11/07/2013 10:13:41 AM Malcolm King, There is a difference between saying that a position has been funded by pro.....
» 10/07/2013 5:43:32 PM Curmudgeon, Take a look at the UN Food and Agricultural World Food Price Index. Food pric.....
» 10/07/2013 3:30:44 PM The ABS figures that Rhian linked to are for share of land area, not share of land value, .....
» 8/07/2013 4:37:58 PM Robert LePage, I would not be too concerned if there were no donations allowed at all, bu.....
» 7/07/2013 6:08:26 PM Robert LePage, The following excerpt is from an article by Tim Colebatch, the Economics E.....
» 6/07/2013 5:53:36 PM (cont'd) p. 7: “Because immigration makes labour more abundant relative to the existing s.....
» 6/07/2013 5:46:00 PM Malcolm/Cheryl, To quote you <Every time you and the SPP make a statement on populati.....
» 6/07/2013 12:10:24 PM You are right, Hasbeen. I would like to see all donations from organisations banned, wheth.....
» 6/07/2013 11:56:49 AM This article by Chris Martenson summarises the biophysical statistics behind Egypt's predi.....
» 5/07/2013 1:28:21 PM Rhian, Geoff of Perth was referring to environmental overshoot, discussed here http://ww.....
» 29/06/2013 4:25:52 PM (cont'd) Like Ludwig, I am not automatically opposed to any development, but judging by t.....
» 29/06/2013 4:09:07 PM Exactly what sustainability means depends on what you are trying to preserve. If it is agr.....
» 28/06/2013 2:19:53 PM The Dust Bowl story is merely an example of how people can do enough damage with misconcei.....
» 28/06/2013 12:42:13 PM DavidL should consider that misconceived agricultural projects have done enormous harm to .....
» 11/06/2013 2:43:55 PM Misanthrope, This isn't just a question of helping a few thousand people in desperate tro.....
» 10/06/2013 6:54:16 PM Antiseptic, You are giving us really sad news. Although I never met Iain Banks in person,.....
» 10/06/2013 6:40:40 PM Just to correct any misunderstandings... I don't work for the ACF. Cheryl made that one u.....
» 9/06/2013 12:26:12 PM (cont'd) Moreover, the NIMBYs are not being hypocritical, unlike situations where a neigh.....
» 9/06/2013 12:13:44 PM Cheryl, Your little scenario is nicer than your wild, unsubstantiated allegations, but yo.....
» 8/06/2013 6:09:18 PM Great posts, Praxidice, also from RawMustard on your other thread. If we could only pick t.....
» 8/06/2013 4:23:48 PM The real reactionaries, Rhian, are the folk who believe that we can go on growing the popu.....
» 7/06/2013 7:03:25 PM Cheryl, You falsely accused SPGN and SPP of advocating certain policies. Now you are sayi.....
» 7/06/2013 4:43:29 PM A reality check is needed on Malcolm King's "excellent" article. It is amusing t.....
» 20/05/2013 3:37:34 PM No army could function without a chain of command. That is why soldiers are punished for d.....
» 17/05/2013 3:18:46 PM Cohenite, I didn't give a figure for the degree of consensus, but the existence of a cons.....
» 17/05/2013 1:54:28 PM Spindoc, If a climate scientist started making pronouncements in your own area of experti.....
» 17/05/2013 11:08:00 AM Spindoc, You are confusing expert opinion on a problem with the willingness of politician.....
» 14/05/2013 12:14:57 PM Regardless of whether our future president is elected by the people or appointed by Parlia.....
» 10/05/2013 9:44:03 AM You clearly don't understand about secondary sources, Cheryl. They can be useful because t.....
» 9/05/2013 4:42:53 PM Cheryl, In your article, you set great store on rising incomes, but you don't consider ho.....
» 9/05/2013 4:28:53 PM Pericles, It seems pretty obvious that consumption of anything can be expressed in terms .....
» 9/05/2013 11:09:52 AM You are being disingenuous, Pericles. The government doesn't have to push anyone. They jus.....
» 6/05/2013 11:40:24 AM Pericles, Your rosy picture of uniformly far-sighted and socially responsible business le.....
» 30/04/2013 1:54:23 PM Pericles, You remind me of an anecdote of Paul Ehrlich in a talk on Radio National some y.....
» 28/04/2013 6:23:07 PM Why not deal with the problem with a Jobs Guarantee, as proposed by economist Bill Mitchel.....
» 28/04/2013 5:06:55 PM Jardine, I have tested the link and it works. Maybe there was a problem with the server. .....
» 27/04/2013 2:16:48 PM Edward Carson, The infrastructure/welfare costs of those asylum seekers would dwarf that .....
» 27/04/2013 2:06:00 PM Jardine, I am just as skeptical about government as you are. The only difference is that .....
» 25/04/2013 2:30:19 PM I meant to say 1976, not 1979......
» 25/04/2013 11:01:28 AM Jardine, What we are really protesting is an abuse of government power, intended to benef.....
» 23/04/2013 8:27:03 PM Superficially, Australia looks very big and sparsely populated, but it is actually a small.....
» 23/04/2013 8:00:52 PM We desperately need politicians who are prepared to take the long-term view and care about.....
» 15/04/2013 8:48:23 PM Belly, You are like St. Augustine: "Make me chaste, but not yet." Obviously the.....
» 11/04/2013 3:36:07 PM Cheryl, Why would we want to stop people from having children? The Australian fertility r.....
» 11/04/2013 2:55:50 PM Pericles, Just take a look at the UN Human Development Index, including the Index correct.....
» 10/04/2013 9:25:39 PM Your idea of putting incumbents last is the only thing that might work, Rhrosty. It is har.....
» 10/04/2013 9:01:48 PM Cohenite, There is always some scientist somewhere who will say whatever you like: alien .....
» 10/04/2013 6:58:16 PM The Earth is finite, whether you people like it or not and regardless of name-calling. Con.....
» 10/04/2013 4:03:07 PM The graph that I linked to is from the Reserve Bank of Australia - a credible source, righ.....
» 9/04/2013 3:25:43 PM Pericles, You keep asserting that there are economic benefits from mass migration. The fi.....
» 2/04/2013 1:00:57 PM rehctub, Your proposal on the government subsidising wages actually was tried in early 19.....
» 21/03/2013 2:55:50 PM The Rudd government actually did have an inquiry into the agricultural potential of northe.....
» 21/03/2013 11:17:02 AM Cohenite, The issue isn't just energy, but the fact that there are many ways in which hum.....
» 20/03/2013 2:43:36 PM Paul Ehrlich and quite a few others who were saying the same sorts of thing around 1967 we.....
» 20/03/2013 1:14:25 PM Our current rate of population growth of 1.6% will double our population in a little over .....
» 19/03/2013 2:34:46 PM The pattern of how these visas are being actually used is quite suspicious, as pointed out.....
» 18/03/2013 8:35:29 PM Shadow Minister, You say that there is very little rorting associated with 457 visas, but.....
» 18/03/2013 8:07:34 PM Rhian, As I also pointed out, the asylum seeker numbers did become significantly large in.....
» 16/03/2013 5:15:30 PM Rhian, You are cherry-picking. In the long run, our greenhouse gas emissions may indeed t.....
» 16/03/2013 11:34:14 AM I wouldn't want to exclude all temporary or permanent migrants, as there are rare skills, .....
» 15/03/2013 7:04:22 PM Asylum seeker numbers are still relatively small, but the experience from Europe with lett.....
» 15/03/2013 6:27:01 PM Rhian, You point out that Australia still ranks very high on the UN Human Development Ind.....
» 14/03/2013 9:32:35 AM Shadow Minister, You need to explain why the "wealth creators" in countries suc.....
» 11/03/2013 3:01:58 PM Katie, As I see it, your income wouldn't matter, only how big your super balance is. Bein.....
» 10/03/2013 7:45:43 PM This column by Ross Gittins, the Economics Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, gives us t.....
» 3/02/2013 5:56:40 PM This article from OLO in 2011 suggests that local governments have been allowing developme.....
» 3/02/2013 5:18:36 PM Cheryl, From Michael Lardelli's Energy Bulletin article (link above), based on ABARE stat.....
» 3/02/2013 12:19:31 PM Cheryl, As you are no doubt well aware, those maps I linked to are from Dr. Chris Watson,.....
» 31/01/2013 1:32:50 PM Cheryl, The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has more than 40,000 members, who di.....
» 31/01/2013 1:13:20 PM Cheryl, <We cannot find enough skilled and unskilled workers to do the jobs that are n.....
» 30/01/2013 10:21:06 AM You really have been cherry-picking, Cheryl. Of course the distribution of people matters,.....
» 30/01/2013 9:37:03 AM Rhian, This graph shows the population growth of Norway since 1960 http://www.google.com.....
» 29/01/2013 1:21:55 PM Rhian, Developed ountries can still rank high on the HDI despite high population growth. .....
» 28/01/2013 4:57:15 PM Rhian, I have shown that high population growth reduces welfare, but not from these ranki.....
» 28/01/2013 3:51:24 PM Jay of Melbourne, That isn't really fair. It is true that Europeans invented systematic s.....
» 28/01/2013 1:19:47 PM Rhian, Where do you get 1.3% population growth for Norway? The CIA World Factbook has 0.3.....
» 26/01/2013 2:04:17 PM Malcolm King (together with his alter ego Cheryl) is doing his best to obfuscate the issue.....
» 26/01/2013 1:22:43 PM Rhian, Here are the 10 top-ranking countries on the latest World Economic Forum Competiti.....
» 25/01/2013 4:43:00 PM Jos is quite right. If continued, that 1.6% population growth will double our population e.....
» 19/01/2013 5:56:43 PM Good post, individual. Arjay, Life isn't like the sort of competition that students used.....
» 19/01/2013 5:07:56 PM Farquhar is right. So long as a society refuses to get out of the Malthusian trap, there a.....
» 14/01/2013 2:33:37 PM James O'Neill, You are obviously right that there would be disruption if government immed.....
» 14/01/2013 10:06:52 AM Thanks, SPQR James O'Neill, the skilled migration program, some of the family program (re.....
» 13/01/2013 10:10:34 PM Of course you can use your real name, James O'Neill, because you would never dream of sayi.....
» 13/01/2013 4:40:22 PM I am a she, not a he, James O'Neill. Exactly what obfuscation are you talking about? Talk .....
» 12/01/2013 3:45:08 PM Doesn't follow, Pericles. The scientists don't get more money if they come out against pop.....
» 11/01/2013 7:33:39 PM Pericles, The Australian Academy of Sciences (at least when they backed the 1994 report) .....
» 11/01/2013 3:22:16 PM Excellent ideas, Emperor Julian. I especially like the first one, but do you seriously thi.....
» 10/01/2013 4:10:22 PM (cont'd) <politicians of integrity are supposed to lead, rather than slavishly follow .....
» 10/01/2013 3:59:30 PM Pericles, In the dog in the manger fable, the hay was of no use to the dog, so he could e.....
» 9/01/2013 3:43:05 PM Pericles, Big business should be entitled to put its views to government like anyone else.....
» 6/01/2013 4:52:11 PM Ludwig, I am not sure that I understand how this would help. Lets suppose that we had opt.....
» 2/01/2013 10:20:50 AM Ludwig, You asked me what to do about the situation, and I would also be interested in th.....
» 1/01/2013 4:17:25 PM Conditions in Japan are by no means as bad as Pericles would like to make out http://www......
» 31/12/2012 5:40:18 PM Cheryl, Your Teflon-coated strategy is to just assert that no negative evidence applies t.....
» 31/12/2012 2:54:25 PM (cont'd) 457 visa holders: "Four out of five respondents indicated that they would p.....
» 31/12/2012 1:59:32 PM Cheryl, Of course there are economic benefits from mass migration - for big business and .....
» 30/12/2012 5:04:12 PM Pericles, You like to accuse us of being motivated by bigotry, but we can equally claim t.....
» 7/12/2012 6:13:05 PM (cont'd) Of course Australia could support a much bigger population on a Bangladeshi stan.....
» 7/12/2012 5:07:52 PM Phil from NZ, You assume that we can just go on with business as usual, that the future w.....
» 2/12/2012 3:01:34 PM (cont'd) I agree with you that decentralisation would actually make most people's lives b.....
» 2/12/2012 2:22:59 PM Phil from NZ, Not even von Mises can argue against the laws of physics and the ultimate l.....
» 28/11/2012 12:20:25 PM Scribbler, Population growth, apart from a few hundred thousand total due to demographic .....
» 27/11/2012 6:09:39 PM (cont'd) So far as infrastructure is concerned, it is the rate of population growth that .....
» 27/11/2012 6:03:56 PM Philip from NZ is so wrong that it is hard to know where to start. He takes a tiny slice o.....
» 21/11/2012 12:54:03 PM ManOfTheLand, I actually agree with you that the abandonment of decentralisation is part .....
» 21/11/2012 9:27:02 AM Pericles, It is not surprising that their is some benefit to per capita GDP from immigrat.....
» 20/11/2012 6:08:59 PM (cont'd) Ludwig and I actually do like people. We want all of them, not just the rich, to.....
» 20/11/2012 6:05:21 PM Pericles, You have been arguing that mass migration is somehow of benefit to the nation a.....
» 18/11/2012 5:41:52 PM Mining and agriculture are big contributors to our export earnings, but don't employ a gre.....
» 18/11/2012 5:26:20 PM Pericles, All that I can suggest is that you read the O'Sullivan article to which Wm Trev.....
» 17/11/2012 2:17:54 PM Thanks to Wm. Trevor for finding an open link to the Jane O'Sullivan paper in Economic Aff.....
» 16/11/2012 6:11:57 PM Pericles, The problems due to population growth are appearing in environmental deteriorat.....
» 15/11/2012 5:58:29 PM Pericles, It is curious that you only have to assert your facts, while I can link to supp.....
» 15/11/2012 10:52:42 AM Per capita economic growth is influenced by a lot of factors, such as terms of trade and t.....
» 13/11/2012 6:55:37 PM The article is spot on about the effects of pandering to the religious right and the portr.....
» 13/11/2012 6:28:57 PM Pericles, It is true that no other country is exactly comparable to ours or completely fr.....
» 13/11/2012 10:56:16 AM Pericles, Here is a link to the 2011 State of the Environment Report for Australia, inclu.....
» 10/11/2012 12:14:09 PM Wm Trevor, Living standards were much lower in the 1950s and 60s, as were expectations of.....
» 8/11/2012 1:56:55 PM Pericles, Here are the latest unemployment statistics from Roy Morgan Research http://ww.....
» 7/11/2012 12:35:31 PM (cont'd) "But saying that we are going to import an excessive number of foreign nati.....
» 7/11/2012 12:32:03 PM Pericles, How do you explain the good performance of numerous other countries (as I liste.....
» 6/11/2012 12:36:27 PM Pericles, Here is a link to the ABS page where they give the latest statistics. Our popul.....
» 5/11/2012 7:25:16 PM Pericles, Arguing with you is like arguing with runner. Your assertion that current level.....
» 31/10/2012 7:06:05 PM Here is a list (in order from top to bottom) of the top 10 countries on the latest World E.....
» 31/10/2012 6:39:57 PM Pericles, I have referred to the 2006 Productivity Report, which shows only a very small .....
» 30/10/2012 3:45:43 PM Pericles keeps asserting (without evidence) that our politicians are boosting the populati.....
» 29/10/2012 12:21:23 PM (cont'd) Pericles also accuses us of playing "dog in the manger", not wanting t.....
» 29/10/2012 12:00:26 PM Pericles gives priority to economics over science. Growthists tend to regard the world muc.....
» 28/10/2012 5:01:34 PM SPQR, Space resources are going to be essential to the long-term survival of our civilisa.....
» 27/10/2012 4:14:07 PM Cheryl clearly wasn't listening when her teacher told the class about exponential function.....
» 17/10/2012 6:39:07 PM Rhian, The benefits of the Green Revolution were enormous, and it is true that agricultur.....
» 16/10/2012 7:53:35 PM Some of the Green groups really are Luddites. The hysterical opposition to genetic enginee.....
» 9/10/2012 6:27:14 PM You are right, Mac. Ms. Gambaro assumes that because something was of net benefit in the .....
» 25/09/2012 10:05:14 AM Curmudgeon, Try this link to the same crude oil price graph. The graph also has notations.....
» 24/09/2012 4:18:52 PM Curmudgeon and Hasbeen, Rather than talk about "greeny propaganda", why not loo.....
» 21/09/2012 4:23:33 PM There is a fundamental conflict of interest here due to population growth, which Robert Gi.....
» 16/09/2012 6:31:58 PM You are right, Ludwig. It is even harder to imagine India or China, with more than a billi.....
» 15/09/2012 5:25:03 PM Cohenite, Europeans have known about the Sahara far longer than than they have known abou.....
» 14/09/2012 6:15:45 PM Sam Jandwich says that we shouldn't expect "a monopoly on privilege just because we w.....
» 12/09/2012 5:05:06 PM That is a good comparison, SPQR. I suggest that Klaas Woldring have a look at the Global .....
» 6/09/2012 3:31:04 PM Alan Austin hasn't explained why the laws on defamation aren't enough to protect individua.....
» 5/09/2012 3:30:22 PM Pericles, I haven't made any controversial claims. See the Wikipedia articles for a start.....
» 5/09/2012 11:07:55 AM You might consider the case of the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s. The potato had been b.....
» 5/09/2012 10:24:04 AM Andrew Bolt may have, at the very least, been careless with the facts, but the plaintiffs .....
» 5/07/2012 10:26:41 AM csteele. I never claimed that we would get all or a even a large proportion of the world'.....
» 4/07/2012 4:54:32 PM The high salaries and perks serve two purposes. The first is attracting greedy, amoral peo.....
» 4/07/2012 4:30:32 PM csteele, You ignore the question of the total numbers we might be likely to get. This art.....
» 3/07/2012 4:53:47 PM (cont'd) There are 7 going on 10 billion people on a planet can sustainably support perha.....
» 3/07/2012 4:32:45 PM While a political refugee can get into trouble in almost any sort of society, Malthusian t.....
» 3/07/2012 1:19:08 PM (cont'd) Scientists get kudos, grants, and promotion from coming up with interesting new .....
» 3/07/2012 1:15:34 PM As others have said, the peak oil issue isn't about running out of oil and other hydrocarb.....
» 28/06/2012 11:07:58 AM Ludwig, I agree entirely with your and Banjo's diagnosis of the problem, but what to do a.....
» 26/06/2012 12:15:53 PM Loudmouth, The 1.0% population decline was for a population that has already stabilised b.....
» 24/06/2012 4:23:48 PM (cont'd) There are also issues where people may be locked into a death spiral leading to .....
» 24/06/2012 4:03:09 PM Cohenite, You are forgetting that a great deal was done to increase prosperity in the poo.....
» 23/06/2012 1:30:51 PM Cohenite, I am as big admirer of Norman Borlaug as you are, but he recognised that his ef.....
» 22/06/2012 6:55:13 PM Demographers generally don't get concerned unless the fertility rate goes below 1.5, that .....
» 21/06/2012 9:47:34 AM Yabby, There have been some recent articles on the work of Melinda Gates and the Gates Fo.....
» 19/06/2012 12:28:02 PM (cont'd) Yes, life has improved for some, and no doubt you and Rhian would also feel grea.....
» 19/06/2012 12:25:51 PM Jardine K. Jardine, I find your suggestion that I somehow advocate a cull of population t.....
» 18/06/2012 7:02:55 PM Pericles, The effects of high population growth, largely fuelled by goverment imposed mas.....
» 12/06/2012 12:18:10 PM Valley Guy, This is from Jardine's first comment: <Women have everything they need to.....
» 11/06/2012 5:31:51 PM Good comment from mog, although I think society is justified in discouraging welfare as a .....
» 11/06/2012 5:13:15 PM While it certainly isn't the only factor in California's economic woes, John Muscat doesn'.....
» 2/06/2012 3:08:05 PM The Sydney Morning Herald reported a poll today that asked their readers whether they woul.....
» 1/06/2012 2:26:15 PM Belly, My opinion is essentially that of the 1994 Australian Academy of Sciences Report, .....
» 31/05/2012 3:53:08 PM How do you get xenophobia out of what I said, Belly? Where exactly did I say anything abou.....
» 31/05/2012 10:58:44 AM (cont'd) The days when mass migration was in the interests of the whole population are we.....
» 31/05/2012 10:53:41 AM Belly, Let's assume that you and Yabby are correct, that Gina Rinehart et al. are all on .....
» 30/05/2012 11:43:07 AM Belly, You would expect someone like Chris Sutherland who makes his living recruiting lab.....
» 29/05/2012 1:34:06 PM Chris Sutherland, a labour recruiter for the big resource companies, was interviewed on Ra.....
» 28/05/2012 1:47:05 PM Yabby, Real unemployment is far greater than the official figure; how much greater depend.....
» 28/05/2012 12:50:00 PM Yabby, The number of medical students is limited by the number of university places the g.....
» 26/05/2012 7:03:29 PM Rehctub has a good idea there, and there is every reason to believe that people would take.....
» 25/05/2012 7:59:54 PM Rhian, Australia does indeed have a low population density - because it is mostly desert......
» 24/05/2012 10:46:12 AM We have Atman telling us that "Malthus was wrong", even though the Irish Potato .....
» 23/05/2012 3:18:29 PM Rhian, I wonder whether you even looked at my links or bothered to think ahead. People.....
» 23/05/2012 10:51:45 AM Michael Lardelli assembled the statistics on Australia's food production in an article for.....
» 16/05/2012 1:04:31 PM Curmudgeon, You are trying to paint this vast increase in numbers as inevitable, but it w.....
» 16/05/2012 12:38:16 PM There have been some good comments on the environment and resource issues. It is worth poi.....
» 26/04/2012 4:04:16 PM Cheryl, As far as I know there is agreement that more people do mean a bigger GNP, at lea.....
» 26/04/2012 11:18:35 AM (cont'd) People become aware of source of the problems, as shown by Boylesy's link to the.....
» 26/04/2012 10:44:40 AM Cheryl, The global population will certainly stop growing. The issue is whether people wi.....
» 23/04/2012 12:27:04 PM On the contrary, Dempografix What matters in resource and environment issues is total imp.....
» 22/04/2012 8:20:47 PM Dempografix is worried about a relatively few countries that have declining populations. I.....
» 22/04/2012 7:46:09 PM Dempografix, Please take a look at the latest atlas from the Global Footprint Network (GN.....
» 19/04/2012 12:28:29 PM Pericles, From the ABS figures, approximately half our population growth is coming from n.....
» 13/04/2012 2:56:08 PM Pericles, The economist Lester Thurow has estimated that 1% population growth requires 12.....
» 2/03/2012 6:20:12 PM (cont'd) If we want to fix appalling poverty and our environmental problems, we can't jus.....
» 2/03/2012 6:18:05 PM Poirot, I agree that the current method of accounting for greenhouse gas emissions is unf.....
» 1/03/2012 4:19:40 PM Squeers, I checked the link and it worked. Try this link without the page view option (yo.....
» 1/03/2012 2:14:38 PM Squeers, Of course, calling me a neo-fascist and accusing me of condoning wasteful consum.....
» 1/03/2012 1:52:35 PM Pete in Brisbane, To most such problems there is a simplistic answer. Like most people, I.....
» 1/03/2012 10:45:45 AM Squeers, If you actually look at the tables in the Atlas, you will see separate columns f.....
» 1/03/2012 9:24:57 AM Squeers, You are assuming, like many on the Left, that it is all about reducing consumpti.....
» 28/02/2012 1:47:26 PM Our political elite are overwhelmingly growthists, but there is good evidence that a great.....
» 27/02/2012 7:17:22 PM A steady state society can still have growth, but only by working smarter, not by using up.....
» 27/02/2012 10:33:02 AM cont'd The 2011 Productivity Commission annual report also says: "Two benefits that.....
» 27/02/2012 10:25:53 AM Squeers, You are just recycling "yellow peril" arguments. Modern states are def.....
» 9/02/2012 11:23:26 AM Good post, Ralph Bennett Yes, conditions are worse elsewhere, but there is such a thing a.....
» 8/02/2012 3:08:51 PM Crackcup and TBC have it right. I always follow TBC's election strategy, although I would .....
» 7/02/2012 11:04:15 AM Banjo, This graph shows Egypt's total fertility rate (i.e., the average number of childre.....
» 5/02/2012 5:17:56 PM This article from the Energy Bulletin explains some of the biophysical facts about Egypt. .....
» 3/02/2012 9:53:05 PM (cont'd) In Malthusian trap societies, people outbreed their resources and overexploit th.....
» 3/02/2012 9:33:19 PM SPQR, People who think that the overwhelming majority of experts are likely to be right a.....
» 1/02/2012 4:31:50 PM Marilyn, Have you ever heard of dealing with a small problem before it becomes a big prob.....
» 31/01/2012 6:27:58 PM Syd Hickman has brought some badly needed realism into this debate. Countries have borders.....
» 26/01/2012 5:18:58 PM Hasbeen, The Global Footprint Network (GFN) is an international thinktank, not a bunch of.....
» 25/01/2012 1:59:10 PM Hasbeen, I have looked up Papua New Guinea on the Global Footprint Network (GFN) 2010 Atl.....
» 25/01/2012 1:26:24 PM Paul, You are obviously right about what is going on in West Papua, but you haven't estab.....
» 24/01/2012 10:02:14 AM Paul, Unfortunately, the concepts of exploiting other people and killing other people to .....
» 22/01/2012 12:27:48 PM Many on the Left like to blame all of the world's woes on the West and on the US in partic.....
» 21/01/2012 1:48:52 PM Rhian, Malthus thought that population growth could be limited by moral restraint. As sta.....
» 20/01/2012 5:05:05 PM America's indigenous population was kept low because of the limitations of their technolog.....
» 20/01/2012 4:26:27 PM Rhian, The demographic transition model merely describes the process of getting out of th.....
» 19/01/2012 8:33:30 PM Rhian, History didn't start 50 or 100 years ago. Malthus was clearly right about his own .....
» 19/01/2012 4:22:50 PM (cont'd) This was partly the fault of the British, who ruled Ireland at the time and had .....
» 19/01/2012 4:13:16 PM The people who keep chanting that Malthus was wrong remind of those skits on Sesame Street.....
» 12/01/2012 10:25:41 AM Yabby, It is certainly tempting to blame the Christian lobby for the fact that voluntary .....
» 11/01/2012 4:40:44 PM Sarnian, We have 7 billion going on 9 or 10 billion people on a planet that could sustain.....
» 9/01/2012 9:50:09 AM KAEP, There is nothing wrong with a fertility rate of 1.5, and all else being equal, it w.....
» 7/01/2012 1:56:39 PM Dempografix, Which generation is biggest obviously depends on which intervals you assign .....
» 6/01/2012 5:14:05 PM Dempografix, This graph from the ABS shows the age distribution of the population as of 2.....
» 6/01/2012 4:47:10 PM johntaves, Your basic principle is self-evident, and the Global Footprint Network certain.....
» 5/01/2012 12:05:57 PM johntaves, You are obviously generally right in terms of the global picture. It would tak.....
» 3/01/2012 4:11:52 PM Dempografix, For point 1, see your first comment on this thread. If we are reasonably cl.....
» 3/01/2012 10:55:54 AM Dempografix, Australia has been slightly below replacement level fertility since 1976 (ab.....
» 1/01/2012 4:45:16 PM Pericles, It might make a refreshing change and possibly even give you more credibility t.....
» 29/12/2011 6:34:55 PM Some very good points in this article. The main global problem is that we have 7 billion p.....
» 3/12/2011 5:36:28 PM cont'd This doesn't mean that we shouldn't try to address the more wasteful forms of cons.....
» 3/12/2011 5:17:07 PM Poirot, The US does consume a little over 7 times as much as the Ethiopians, i.e. people .....
» 28/11/2011 4:14:14 PM Yuyutsu, There is no more frontier or "boundless plains" that are worth having......
» 28/11/2011 3:51:42 PM The problem with racking, packing, and stacking us in at higher densities is that people d.....
» 27/11/2011 2:41:34 PM Yuyutsu, Birds and animals don't have to pay for infrastructure or for public education a.....
» 27/11/2011 1:41:58 PM Graham, Most of us appreciate what you do. OLO requires a lot of work and money. I would .....
» 25/11/2011 1:59:01 PM Pericles, You are being disingenuous, as usual. The year ending March 2009, Australia hit.....
» 24/11/2011 6:58:01 PM The growthists like to crow that Malthus was wrong, even though Haiti and the genocide in .....
» 23/11/2011 7:04:36 PM Large Australian families are hardly the most important problem. Our national fertility ra.....
» 18/11/2011 3:37:19 PM cont'd People mostly do like immigration, in moderation, because there are obvious cultur.....
» 18/11/2011 3:28:05 PM Depends on what is included in multiculturalism, David Jennings. It is hard to argue again.....
» 15/11/2011 3:51:37 PM Squeers, Do you seriously imagine that a very large, "piebald population" is go.....
» 8/11/2011 2:44:33 PM Michael, If you want to heap blame on the Baby Boomers as a group, you need to show that .....
» 7/11/2011 5:34:42 PM You have made some good points, Hasbeen Michael, This whole intergenerational conflict i.....
» 3/11/2011 4:33:40 PM Curmudgeon, The idea of nuclear power too cheap to meter was not coined by a science fict.....
» 31/10/2011 6:20:10 PM Curmudgeon, You admit that Malthus was right about the period before the Industrial Revol.....
» 6/09/2011 3:36:57 PM Donkeygod, The idea of turning rivers inland and the like to make the interior of Austral.....
» 3/09/2011 4:06:59 PM Donkeygod, Mass migration is controversial with a lot of us, whether it is facilitated by.....
» 31/08/2011 10:49:19 AM Poirot, Production for export is significant. That is why the Global Footprint Network At.....
» 29/08/2011 3:47:35 PM Saltpetre, My source was the consumption footprints in the Global Footprint Network's 201.....
» 28/08/2011 7:03:25 PM Squeers and Poirot, I have not pretended that consumption in Western countries is irrelev.....
» 27/08/2011 6:25:34 PM Squeers, The Global Footprint Network has done the math on consumption and pressures on t.....
» 23/08/2011 3:21:49 PM Great article from Tony Recsei and very good comments from Hasbeen and Ludwig. We do need .....
» 10/08/2011 1:02:05 PM Lexi, Sharing resources would do no more than spread the misery everywhere. The West effe.....
» 10/08/2011 12:27:53 PM Shadow Minister, We were saved from the mass famines predicted by Paul Ehrlich and others.....
» 2/08/2011 4:40:16 PM Jared Diamond is a geographer, not an archaeologist. To a large extent, he is simply repor.....
» 31/07/2011 4:09:52 PM I am not worried about getting fertility up to replacement level when the time comes. Desi.....
» 31/07/2011 4:07:44 PM Dempografix, There was a recent article in Science, a very respected peer reviewed journa.....
» 30/07/2011 6:47:25 PM dempografix, If you think that either population or consumption can grow without limit on.....
» 27/07/2011 11:54:05 AM partTime Parent, Our fertility rate is slightly below replacement level, as it has been s.....
» 23/07/2011 2:25:58 PM Aime, You seem to have bought the argument that there are plenty of resources to go aroun.....
» 22/07/2011 5:35:08 PM Diver Dan, You are assuming that the drought and the "failed state" problem are.....
» 20/07/2011 11:35:04 AM Ludwig is right. The Global Footprint Network has done the calculations on comsumption. Wh.....
» 11/07/2011 6:18:31 PM Belly, What exactly can Bob Brown do in the Senate if one of the major parties is not pre.....
» 30/06/2011 10:15:01 AM Pericles, If you look at the figures in, say, the CIA World Fact Book, you will find no c.....
» 28/06/2011 11:39:10 AM Pericles, You haven't refuted anything by showing that both population and per capita GNP.....
» 23/06/2011 12:29:28 PM Col, Surely, the test of whether something is becoming less affordable is whether a perso.....
» 21/06/2011 3:47:21 PM Ross Elliott needs to ask why governments are imposing all of these charges. According to .....
» 21/06/2011 1:19:43 PM Curmudgeon likes to point out that the mid-20th century scientific community gave too much.....
» 15/06/2011 12:58:57 PM Clownfish, Instead of assuming that we are hypocrites, why not ask people here how many c.....
» 14/06/2011 11:05:59 PM Loudmouth, You seem to assume that technology will be able to solve all those very differ.....
» 14/06/2011 5:02:23 PM Loudmouth, Very rapid population changes (in either direction) are obviously going to cau.....
» 13/06/2011 6:16:35 PM You are absolutely right, Mr. Windy Not even the most tyrannical dictator could stay in p.....
» 11/06/2011 6:30:35 PM Thinkabit, Peasant farmers usually manage to survive crop failures. They tighten their be.....
» 8/06/2011 12:44:53 PM Clownfish, I had an exchange with you here on OLO back in 2008, when grain prices skyrock.....
» 6/06/2011 12:10:34 PM Good posts, Yabby, and here's hoping that we do everything Julian Cribb wants. The price .....
» 3/06/2011 7:33:21 PM Clownfish, It is true that Paul Ehrlich was unable to predict the success of the Green Re.....
» 3/06/2011 7:02:55 PM Curmudgeon, The same sorts of concerns that are raised by popnperish about limits to grow.....
» 2/06/2011 3:21:25 PM Rhian, If population growth is as wonderful for us as you think it is, why has life been .....
» 24/05/2011 2:30:21 PM Yabby, No doubt the fundamentalists do weigh in on the anti-euthanasia side. The threat o.....
» 23/05/2011 1:43:27 PM weareunique, Do you really believe that greed is not a problem with the present system? T.....
» 23/05/2011 1:19:46 PM Peter Hume, Some decisions in our society are matters of personal preferences, and one pe.....
» 27/04/2011 12:14:38 PM Poirot, Here is a link to the Global Footprint Network 2010 atlas http://issuu.com/globa.....
» 26/04/2011 5:36:02 PM Poirot, I am curious as to where you get that 86% of resources that is supposedly consume.....
» 21/04/2011 2:34:00 PM Rhian, it is quite true, re the Italian example, that new crops or new technology can incr.....
» 21/04/2011 2:01:38 PM Rhian, I didn't cherry pick the data any more than you did. Your focus is on the total GN.....
» 20/04/2011 8:07:14 PM James O'Neill, If you scroll down to the bar chart in this report showing legal immigrati.....
» 20/04/2011 7:19:06 PM Rhian, Compare this paper on real wages in Italy from 1270 to 1913. http://www.paolomala.....
» 20/04/2011 6:12:32 PM Cheryl, Some population growth is inevitable, but that does not mean it is OK to have a w.....
» 19/04/2011 11:05:10 AM You are still confused, Cheryl. Even without immigration or immigrant fertility, the popul.....
» 18/04/2011 7:29:06 PM Cheryl and some others clearly don't understand about demographic momentum. They seem to t.....
» 17/04/2011 6:57:30 PM Squeers, Globalisation was stopped before in Western countries, after World War I, essent.....
» 17/04/2011 6:11:42 PM Eyejaw, Your Johnstone Ecological Society was submission was excellent, especially on p. .....
» 16/04/2011 7:26:54 PM Concerns about food security, even in Australia, don't just come from wild eyed Greenies. .....
» 16/04/2011 6:53:34 PM Quite the contrary, Squeers Historically, people outbreed their resources and overexploit.....
» 14/04/2011 11:01:40 AM There is considerable economics literature on the high economic returns from basic researc.....
» 10/04/2011 4:46:59 PM Poirot, The richest 20% of the global population can only be consuming 86% of the resourc.....
» 6/04/2011 4:47:51 PM The Australia Institute says that on Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, less than a .....
» 6/04/2011 12:53:42 PM The wages share of national income has been going down for years in Australia, while the p.....
» 19/03/2011 4:29:17 PM Pericles, Anyone who believes in open borders in a world facing severe resource constrain.....
» 17/03/2011 8:58:17 AM Pericles, Please scroll down to the graph that shows legal immigration to the US since 19.....
» 16/03/2011 10:52:45 AM Of course, most of the destruction is motivated by greed. Our political and economic syste.....
» 16/03/2011 10:14:50 AM Good posts, Pelican You have really said it all. Just as an added point, I am currently.....
» 10/03/2011 4:04:36 PM Rehctub's idea has already been tried (and failed) in early 19th century England. Google '.....
» 3/03/2011 10:53:02 AM The elite can exert their power either through controlling the government or indirectly, b.....
» 3/03/2011 10:49:51 AM Peter Hume, Market failure: I was thinking of basic scientific research, but other exampl.....
» 1/03/2011 10:12:58 AM thinker 2 is right about the environmental issues, and there are other forms of market fai.....
» 27/02/2011 1:48:51 PM My problem when a libertarian debates a socialist is that I believe both of them. Peter Hu.....
» 24/02/2011 3:15:25 PM Cont'd So why are failed asylum seekers allowed to stay? And why would it be a bigger pro.....
» 24/02/2011 3:03:39 PM Briar Rose, You are no doubt right about the legalities of the situation, but this is har.....
» 24/02/2011 12:04:22 PM Curmudgeon, Take a look at this policy research working paper from that scaremongering or.....
» 23/02/2011 2:05:46 PM Good post, michael-in-adelaide Here is a link to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.....
» 23/02/2011 9:14:41 AM King Hazza, While it is hard to condone some of the things that the Swiss have done, I do.....
» 21/02/2011 3:48:51 PM King Hazza's example of the private house is actually quite good. Briar Rose no doubt feel.....
» 21/02/2011 3:01:06 PM Briar Rose, Most refugee crises and examples of hellish living conditions around the worl.....
» 16/02/2011 9:36:59 AM Curmudgeon, Science is a peer reviewed journal. The editor would have sent Diamond's pape.....
» 15/02/2011 3:48:13 PM The link to the whole paper is http://www.sciencemag.org/content/317/5845/1692.full The .....
» 15/02/2011 3:34:45 PM This is what Diamond says about alternative views in his 2007 Science paper with many refe.....
» 7/02/2011 4:03:52 PM The problem with the current and proposed systems is not that the wealthy are asked to pay.....
» 5/02/2011 2:59:55 PM Rhian, Most care of badly disabled and frail elderly people goes on in families. Half of .....
» 3/02/2011 12:06:33 PM To put this problem in perspective, it is necessary to look at the numbers. Most people wi.....
» 2/02/2011 11:18:58 AM The graphs in this article from the Oil Drum give a good picture of declining oil exports .....
» 22/01/2011 7:26:15 PM While open borders are out of the question for any society that doesn't want to self-destr.....
» 22/01/2011 6:53:47 PM David McMullen and many of the rest of you seem woefully ignorant of the material basis of.....
» 17/01/2011 4:54:57 PM Pericles, You are asserting that incomes would fall if we had a stable population, but of.....
» 14/01/2011 7:03:13 PM Loudmouth, Do you really think that the Chinese leadership was too stupid to anticipate t.....
» 13/01/2011 10:30:40 AM Pericles, Go back and look at the quotation marks. What you have referred to is a quote f.....
» 13/01/2011 9:46:38 AM You and Julian Cribb are so right, Cronus. If we listened to the Peter Humes of this world.....
» 13/01/2011 9:26:01 AM Pericles, No one disputes that a bigger population leads to a bigger GNP, at least until .....
» 12/01/2011 10:19:36 PM Cheryl, The "anti-pops" don't all think the same, any more than the rabid growt.....
» 12/01/2011 2:45:37 PM Pericles, How do you explain the top 10 countries of the World Economic Forum Competitive.....
» 12/01/2011 9:43:16 AM Pericles, You are assuming that limits to growth, while they exist, are so far in the fut.....
» 11/01/2011 2:10:13 PM Dean K, The Japanese are quite concerned because they are only about 40% self-sufficient .....
» 6/01/2011 7:25:28 PM There are some environmental problems that are not related to population. It only took one.....
» 6/01/2011 4:03:16 PM Thanks to Evaggelos Vallianatos and to Graham also for putting up such a fascinating artic.....
» 6/01/2011 3:50:06 PM Cheryl, The environmental footprints include industrial consumption of resources, not jus.....
» 5/01/2011 4:18:39 PM A good measure of the relative effects of population and consumption is to look at environ.....
» 5/01/2011 2:06:54 PM Taswegian makes a lot of sense. Michael Hitchens doesn't explain why getting emissions do.....
» 30/12/2010 6:35:19 PM Spindoc, popnperish can correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that the reference is to .....
» 19/12/2010 6:31:43 PM Yabby, What about all of those internationally successful European and Japanese companies.....
» 5/12/2010 1:45:06 PM Not only is the current globalised economic system not sustainable, as Bazz has pointed ou.....
» 1/12/2010 10:42:05 AM Squeers, From the environmental footprints, neither the poor countries nor the environmen.....
» 30/11/2010 4:50:07 PM The Global Footprint Network site offers a reality check on whether consumption by the (re.....
» 9/11/2010 3:22:39 PM Cont'd From Home Office statistics, from 1997 to 2004 (before tougher measures were adopt.....
» 9/11/2010 3:13:12 PM To the refugee advocates and their supporters, anyone who is concerned about boat arrivals.....
» 7/11/2010 5:27:42 PM Cornflower and Hasbeen have a fair bit of truth on their side. What really started the rot.....
» 4/11/2010 4:21:17 PM One more point. The journal of Jacob Roggeveen, the Dutch sea captain and first European t.....
» 4/11/2010 11:41:44 AM Cont'd Rest of quote from Diamond: "According to a third view, deforestation was ca.....
» 4/11/2010 11:39:12 AM It is strange that a nutter like Diamond manages to get published in Science, probably one.....
» 2/11/2010 10:35:16 AM Quote from Debora MacKenzie article in New Scientist (2010): "Whatever they are deny.....
» 30/10/2010 8:00:51 PM Cheryl, You ignore all of the times in history and prehistory when collapses did occur. A.....
» 29/10/2010 6:05:48 PM J S Mill, There seems to be a conflict here between reality and libertarian dogma. It is .....
» 19/10/2010 2:27:51 PM Cont'd In other areas of life, the view that no mind = no person is uncontroversial. Very.....
» 19/10/2010 2:05:11 PM The belief that human life begins at conception is incompatible with other moral positions.....
» 7/10/2010 3:11:20 PM Rhian, The GCI is a measure of good management of a country's economy. Among the top 10 c.....
» 7/10/2010 2:22:53 PM Cheryl, It is ludicrous to suggest that Australia's population is in free fall. It is gro.....
» 6/10/2010 2:07:45 PM Curmudgeon, Mass migration was cut off in the US between 1921 and 1965. See the graphs in.....
» 6/10/2010 11:51:32 AM Curmudgeon, I didn't accuse you of being a conspiracy theorist, just said that it is quit.....
» 5/10/2010 2:38:00 PM Garum Masala, It makes more sense to cut mass migration, which is currently supplying abo.....
» 25/09/2010 6:08:18 PM thinkabit, You are ignoring the role of inadequate safety margins in the disasters leadin.....
» 23/09/2010 5:58:48 PM The view that all of the problems on Easter Island were due to Europeans is not generally .....
» 1/09/2010 12:25:55 PM Unlike some other cornucopian growthists, Cheryl accepts that there are limits to growth, .....
» 29/08/2010 3:19:25 PM The growthists who airily assume that technology will solve all our problems might sober u.....
» 29/08/2010 3:04:42 PM The founders of the older schools of economics saw no need to consider limits to growth, j.....
» 19/08/2010 9:19:00 PM Jorge, Japan is only about 40% self sufficient in food. There have been recent dramatic i.....
» 9/08/2010 5:37:26 PM jjplug, The Howard government was able to sharply increase student numbers because the fo.....
» 8/08/2010 7:56:02 PM You are spot on, Horus. Some academics I know are very concerned about what the sale of pe.....
» 4/08/2010 5:37:54 PM All that I can suggest, David Jennings, is that you go back and read p. 151 of the report,.....
» 3/08/2010 9:00:47 PM It is interesting that the growthists are focussing on Bob Birrell's motivations, not the .....
» 25/07/2010 4:11:29 PM It is actually worse than that, Ozzie, because the Productivity Commission shows average i.....
» 24/07/2010 7:16:51 PM Bjork, To answer your question, I want to see the population stabilised. I don't know wha.....
» 23/07/2010 3:39:47 PM Bjork, It is undisputed that mass migration grows the economy, at least until you get to .....
» 23/07/2010 2:40:51 PM The 2006 Productivity Commission report was only concerned with the narrowly economic effe.....
» 23/07/2010 2:05:13 PM Here is a link to the 2008 House of Lords report so that people can see for themselves whe.....
» 21/05/2010 6:41:10 PM Curmudgeon, Eric could have quoted more from the Productivity Commission report: "T.....
» 21/05/2010 6:11:36 PM Rhian, On p. 151 of the 2006 Australian Productivity Commission report, you can see the r.....
» 20/05/2010 11:19:34 AM Cheryl, In your previous post, you implied that SPA was racist, not just that it had made.....
» 19/05/2010 4:06:00 PM The Australian newspaper strongly supports the business elite, so they want to discredit a.....
» 18/05/2010 4:10:02 PM I don't often agree with spindoc, but think that he is spot on here. There is anger at the.....
» 18/05/2010 1:07:17 PM Thanks for a good laugh, Sir Vivor Actually, responding to Cheryl might be better than ig.....
» 15/05/2010 1:03:23 PM Cheryl almost perfectly matches the Wikipedia definition of a troll, showing heavy relianc.....
» 13/05/2010 12:27:26 PM Malcolm King's idea that global problems are entirely due to overconsumption should also b.....
» 12/05/2010 6:14:07 PM We still have some natural increase, but that is entirely due to momentum from past high f.....
» 12/05/2010 5:36:50 PM Michael, Thanks for a very thorough and interesting article. Cheryl, You have not challe.....
» 9/05/2010 5:16:05 PM DLC, No one disputes that population growth and mass migration are good for the folk at t.....
» 8/05/2010 4:10:46 PM Excellent article and some very good comments, especially from Fester and stevenlmeyer. I.....
» 5/05/2010 12:22:01 PM Good post, Colinsett, Saul Eslake's argument reminds me of the joke about the Lone Ranger.....
» 22/04/2010 1:12:22 PM "Hater" is just as fair, accurate, and reasonable as "open borders traitor&.....
» 24/03/2010 1:27:49 PM Country girl, Before 1788, a bad, long drought could have made wetlands dry out some year.....
» 23/03/2010 1:38:28 PM Sorry to disappoint you, Cheryl, but I am married, female, and have two children. If you.....
» 23/03/2010 11:44:31 AM cont'd) Cheryl and those who think like her also generally seem to lack mathematical lite.....
» 23/03/2010 11:34:02 AM Thanks for that source, Andrew Wakefield. The following link is to a nomination by the Au.....
» 16/03/2010 1:28:05 PM grateful, You are assuming that this is really about pornography rather than government c.....
» 10/03/2010 3:14:43 PM What is really anti-human is leaving the next and later generations with an impoverished, .....
» 5/03/2010 4:09:43 PM Pericles, I am no more anti-immigrant than you are anti-salt if you don't want a whole ta.....
» 4/03/2010 11:59:48 AM Pericles, You can trash the environment (and reduce the number or humans that can be supp.....
» 25/02/2010 6:52:55 PM Let's see if I have your argument on urban water straight, Pericles. Our politicians have .....
» 22/02/2010 2:12:11 PM Pericles, Why do you imagine that federal and state governments that are happy to ignore .....
» 19/02/2010 4:23:02 PM Lucy, You do realise that you are calling for a Ponzi scheme. Those large numbers of youn.....
» 19/02/2010 3:32:07 PM Individual, We are very close to replacement level already with people having the number .....
» 18/02/2010 11:30:50 AM We probably could get the fertility rate up even more, up above replacement level, if we g.....
» 12/02/2010 11:37:51 AM Lohit Shandilya's article has the ring of truth. However, to the extent that the attacks a.....
» 9/02/2010 2:30:32 PM Jardine K Jardine, You have said that we have more water per capita than in the US - prob.....
» 6/02/2010 6:33:40 PM Excellent post, Cornflower, A number of other reports have reached the same conclusions. .....
» 5/02/2010 5:43:28 PM If we have plenty of water, why is there so much conflict over it? Why do we have permanen.....
» 5/02/2010 4:41:58 PM Cheryl, Here is a link to Sustainable Population Australia's list of policies that they w.....
» 4/02/2010 9:53:18 AM You are right to worry, rehctub. The current system is primarily set up as tax rort for t.....
» 3/02/2010 3:04:54 PM The material on the history of Haiti was interesting, but the fact remains that Haiti has .....
» 30/01/2010 5:19:16 PM David, I am not a sessional academic, but I do work at a university research institute an.....
» 28/01/2010 3:48:07 PM From the CIA World Factbook statistics, it is easy to calculate that Haiti has an average .....
» 28/01/2010 12:04:23 PM Shadow Minister makes a valid point about first year and, to some extent, second year subj.....
» 22/01/2010 11:44:56 AM In Geoff Carmody's proposal, as I understand it, a tax would be applied on the carbon cont.....
» 23/12/2009 10:30:22 AM cont'd No doubt, as the population built up, there were Cheryls to claim that any concern.....
» 23/12/2009 10:18:45 AM Atman, You might consider this story. There are many others, but this one avoids shrieks .....
» 21/12/2009 3:08:25 PM Examinator, Your objections could be answered by making it illegal (with hefty fines) to .....
» 18/12/2009 4:08:07 PM Pericles, I posted the link to the Discover article because it had a discussion of LeBlan.....
» 16/12/2009 10:03:05 AM Pericles, I note that you don't dispute my long list of urban ills. I accept that conditi.....
» 15/12/2009 4:03:25 PM Pericles, I don't want to comment on the financial system, as I don't know enough about i.....
» 10/12/2009 5:21:35 PM Banjo, Here is the link on Iran that I posted on another thread. I think that it is the o.....
» 9/12/2009 4:37:16 PM Farida Akhter focuses on historical greenhouse gas emissions, for which the developed coun.....
» 8/12/2009 3:45:34 PM You are so right, Ludwig. The Big Australia policy is completely incompatible with reducin.....
» 26/11/2009 10:45:17 AM Wendell Cox identifies the real problem with housing affordability - the cost of urban lan.....
» 25/11/2009 1:54:21 PM Yabby makes a good point. Stephen Jones' proposal lets a country gain a larger share of a .....
» 11/11/2009 1:20:23 PM Sorry rstuart, The link doesn't discuss why failed asylum seekers are not being removed, .....
» 11/11/2009 10:28:08 AM Crispin Hull is correct about the small numbers of boat people compared to the huge migran.....
» 11/11/2009 9:19:24 AM Runner says that there is "plenty of water". There are places in Tasmania and th.....
» 9/11/2009 4:14:23 PM Bronwyn, The argument that high population growth is necessary for economic prosperity is.....
» 9/11/2009 8:47:34 AM If Kevin Rudd is so proud of his "Big Australia" policy, it is curious that he d.....
» 14/10/2009 3:33:32 PM Clownfish, Please point to where I or anyone else on this forum has condoned forced abort.....
» 13/10/2009 2:01:45 PM Clownfish, Population growth can continue despite obvious deterioration in the environmen.....
» 7/10/2009 10:11:59 AM Those of us who oppose the censorship proposed by Senator Conroy are not necessarily in fa.....
» 7/10/2009 9:17:43 AM Banjo, On Iran's success in bringing down fertility rates http://www.earth-policy.org/in.....
» 4/10/2009 8:44:16 PM Steven LeBlanc's book "Constant Battles" provides a good perspective on this. Le.....
» 4/10/2009 6:57:43 PM Australia does indeed have plenty of space. Unfortunately, the vast majority of it is dese.....
» 1/10/2009 12:37:23 PM Unlike ants and naked mole rats, people did not evolve as hive animals. It is therefore no.....
» 30/09/2009 9:52:27 AM Clownfish, This is from Norman Borlaug's Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1970: "It.....
» 29/09/2009 12:41:14 PM Clownfish talks blithely about a population of 9 billion, even though there is appalling p.....
» 23/09/2009 3:03:27 PM Here is a link to a summary of another big study (from 1991) from the US National Cancer I.....
» 23/09/2009 2:22:44 PM Well said, Fester People who have benefited from the growing gap between the top and bott.....
» 15/09/2009 11:37:20 AM Shadow Minister, It is true that there have been problems in applying the Green Revolutio.....
» 15/09/2009 11:25:50 AM Horus, The science is never settled, as we can only talk about probabilities. Even James .....
» 10/09/2009 3:21:11 PM You are probably correct about Zimbabwe, but Rwanda was down to 0.03 hectares of arable la.....
» 10/09/2009 3:03:34 PM Horus, This source explains significance level, or you can do a search on "significa.....
» 8/09/2009 12:26:44 PM rpg and Horus, Where exactly is the snake oil? No one has disputed that climate can and.....
» 8/09/2009 11:23:13 AM Shadow Minister, While there certainly are countries that would have enough food, were it.....
» 4/09/2009 2:56:11 PM Unlike the usual sort of scare, such as over vaccination or fluoridated water, the more pe.....
» 4/09/2009 11:58:45 AM Those of you who think that technology can do anything and solve every problem should go b.....
» 13/08/2009 6:02:18 PM Curmudgeon, I admire Finland too. However, according to the CIA World Factbook, Finland's.....
» 13/08/2009 5:26:46 PM Country girl, It is quite obvious that we have outgrown our water supply except in Tasman.....
» 5/08/2009 11:55:59 AM Jon J, A graph of human wellbeing against time tends to look like a rollercoaster, not a .....
» 29/07/2009 11:18:35 AM Higher density living suits some people, and there is no problem with that. My concern is .....
» 28/07/2009 4:29:46 PM Some excellent comments here from Ludwig and others. One issue that hasn't been raised her.....
» 24/07/2009 11:49:37 AM East Timor (or Timor Leste) has a severe shortage of arable land. According to CIA World F.....
» 17/07/2009 3:19:19 PM Agronomist, The sources I have read all include your points, but they also claim that hig.....
» 17/07/2009 11:36:54 AM Agronomist, Australia's grain production is enormously variable from year to year, largel.....
» 15/07/2009 10:38:54 AM The importance of a buffer is borne out by the Irish Potato Famine of 1848. Most of the de.....
» 14/07/2009 10:25:56 AM Curmudgeon, This is a link to a CSIRO paper comparing the Limits to Growth projections wi.....
» 13/07/2009 12:07:07 PM rpg, You are saying that there is plenty of money for research, but not for development, .....
» 3/07/2009 1:05:25 PM This is likely to be more about footballers and the way they are seen as local heroes, esp.....
» 24/06/2009 4:45:45 PM Yabby, Poor Third World people eat very little meat. I suspect that most of what we sell .....
» 24/06/2009 10:39:06 AM Yabby, In the US, they now consider jobs in abattoirs work that "Americans won't do&.....
» 19/06/2009 4:20:02 PM Robert, I completely agree with you. The issue is that most of the population growth in t.....
» 17/06/2009 11:50:03 AM A graph of human wellbeing over time looks far more like a roller-coaster than a steadily .....
» 12/06/2009 4:31:06 PM rstuart, Usually I agree with you, but you are being a bit hard on the author. I have wor.....
» 12/06/2009 11:55:54 AM This is an excellent, informative article. I agree with the conclusions and also think tha.....
» 10/06/2009 6:06:24 PM Cheryl, This is from an article on this forum by Eric Claus in which he discusses the Pro.....
» 10/06/2009 10:58:51 AM Reality Check, It is good that you are trying to live sustainably, but a simple calculati.....
» 10/06/2009 10:35:08 AM Pericles, If you want a plan of action, you might consider what you do when your toddler .....
» 9/06/2009 3:24:53 PM Cheryl, Being innumerate is hardly something to boast about. Your idea and (apparently) L.....
» 9/06/2009 1:03:29 PM Mil-ob seems to think he has won an argument on Rwanda. He hasn't disputed that average la.....
» 5/06/2009 12:21:36 PM Loudmouth, Where has anyone here called for exterminations, forced sterilisations, or oth.....
» 5/06/2009 11:42:21 AM This news item gives some insight into the thinking of the Chinese government officials th.....
» 5/06/2009 10:42:07 AM Clownfish, You think that Lester Brown is a fool, but clearly the German and Norwegian go.....
» 3/06/2009 12:34:52 PM Leigh, I think that you are generally right, although zero net immigration is probably be.....
» 3/06/2009 10:51:06 AM No doubt there will still be plenty of fossil fuels left in the ground, but will the energ.....
» 29/05/2009 11:16:09 AM Curmudgeon, It is amusing to think that the British government would make a "wild-ey.....
» 27/05/2009 3:08:15 PM Mil-ob, See this London Times article on Mbeki and his government's response to AIDS htt.....
» 27/05/2009 11:07:20 AM Another choice, which I am only suggesting due to the seriousness of the issue, might be t.....
» 27/05/2009 10:42:01 AM Spindoc, You are correct about there being division in the scientific community about AGW.....
» 27/05/2009 10:04:28 AM An excellent article and a lot of wise comments, especially from Leigh, John D, and Rick S.....
» 22/05/2009 11:19:31 AM Clownfish, Of course there is sensationalism in the popular press, but Nature and Science.....
» 20/05/2009 10:13:04 AM Clownfish, See this update on the famous Ehrlich-Simon bet on the prices of five metals. .....
» 19/05/2009 3:40:01 PM In the 1960s, Paul Ehrlich, the Paddock brothers, and a number of other scientists and env.....
» 15/05/2009 11:49:38 AM Actually, we ought to appreciate mil-ob's and Cheryl's style of argument: the personal abu.....
» 8/05/2009 10:49:43 AM I am no fan of the World Bank or the IMF, and no doubt they contributed to the problems th.....
» 6/05/2009 6:05:33 PM The UK, the Netherlands, and Japan are not comparable with Rwanda, because they are not an.....
» 5/05/2009 12:56:47 PM Someone needs to tell mil-observer the difference between explaining something and excusin.....
» 1/05/2009 10:28:23 AM Clownfish, If Lester Brown is such a flake, why would the Norwegian government fund his i.....
» 29/04/2009 5:00:19 PM Lester Brown has published an article in the May Scientific American on the potential of t.....
» 29/04/2009 10:44:19 AM Rhian, The survivors of the Black Death undoubtedly did have the advantages of previously.....
» 28/04/2009 4:35:51 PM The growthists are generalising from a tiny and quite atypical sliver of human history. Pa.....
» 22/04/2009 6:04:57 PM The Redefining Progress site has the environmental footprints of most countries as calcula.....
» 15/04/2009 12:10:03 PM KenH, A little work with a scientific calculator and some numbers from the CIA world fact.....
» 15/04/2009 10:03:57 AM We expect our politicians to lie to us and to conspire against us to serve corporate inter.....
» 9/04/2009 4:57:00 PM Part Time, People tend to want extra children as insurance if they expect several of thei.....
» 9/04/2009 4:27:56 PM Actually, Clownfish, I have a first class honours degree and a PhD in physics, and have al.....
» 8/04/2009 4:53:42 PM Clownfish, Of course there is room for scepticism and disagreement on this issue. As I wr.....
» 8/04/2009 3:33:56 PM Loudmouth, Of course a one-child policy plays hell with the age structure and creates a v.....
» 8/04/2009 10:32:59 AM Yabby is right. The Gutmacher Institute estimates that if people in developing countries h.....
» 7/04/2009 4:03:59 PM Clownfish, "Denialist" is not code for "Nazi". As per the Wikipedia d.....
» 31/03/2009 10:07:26 AM Froggie and Shadow Minister, I meant and should have said, "80% of the excess greenh.....
» 27/03/2009 3:29:26 PM Protagoras, I plead guilty to being a scientist, but not in this field. Q&A and Suzanne M.....
» 27/03/2009 11:50:34 AM Rache has made the obvious point here. The following link is to an annex to a report by t.....
» 27/03/2009 10:48:48 AM Since about 80% of the greenhouse gases that are currently in the atmosphere come from us .....
» 25/03/2009 2:03:50 PM Spindoc, Here is a link to the results of a survey published in the earth science journal.....
» 25/03/2009 10:07:00 AM Runner, a fundamentalist Christian who thinks that evolution "is crap" and from .....
» 23/03/2009 1:59:21 PM AndrewBartlett (since you object to the courtesy title), Around 1970, the US fertility ra.....
» 20/03/2009 11:03:52 AM Senator Bartlett admits that there are global environmental and overpopulation problems, b.....
» 20/03/2009 10:40:47 AM Senator Bartlett, by using phrases such as "intellectually bankrupt", is trying .....
» 17/03/2009 9:22:37 AM There is a recent Pew Global Attitudes Survey on globalisation and immigration. Scroll dow.....
» 13/03/2009 11:42:50 AM Peter Hume, You assume that violence and threats are only to be associated with governmen.....
» 13/03/2009 11:26:54 AM Michael, You have written two of the best articles on this issue that I have seen yet. Pe.....
» 2/02/2009 2:49:00 PM mil-observer, You are clearly as emotionally wedded to your growthist notions as a Creati.....
» 29/01/2009 2:33:45 PM mil-observer, No one is disputing that the British did terrible things in Ireland, but th.....
» 28/01/2009 10:31:36 AM mil-observer, If you had read my previous post, you would know that the FAO calculated a .....
» 28/01/2009 10:07:06 AM fungochumley, mil-observer and others have been asserting that people like me are motivat.....
» 26/01/2009 3:47:06 PM Mil-observer, My source for arable land per person in Rwanda at the time of the genocide .....
» 26/01/2009 3:11:53 PM Wing Ah Ling, Your first two questions make some assumptions about government. Sustainabi.....
» 25/01/2009 11:09:40 AM Wing Ah Ling, If you doubt that human societies have collapsed in the past due to overpop.....
» 25/01/2009 10:17:26 AM Mil-observer, Bush is hardly smart enough to think in the convoluted way you imagine, nor.....
» 22/01/2009 4:55:43 PM Examinator, The politicians have beaten up population aging because they can use it as an.....
» 22/01/2009 4:39:37 PM runner, The Queensland government has only recently given up a plan to build a dam on the.....
» 22/01/2009 2:47:00 PM mil-observer, If AGW is all a plot by the global corporate elite to seize more power, wit.....
» 8/12/2008 10:42:31 AM bennie, If Europe isn't relevant, how about the US and Canada, which are separated from t.....
» 3/12/2008 11:18:19 AM It is undoubtedly tragic and may well represent a failure of the system if genuine refugee.....
» 26/11/2008 9:37:20 AM Quite the contrary, byork, You, the Roman Catholic Church, and the ruling class are all g.....
» 19/11/2008 1:45:16 PM mil-observer, Our politicians have undoubtedly made lying, pandering to corporate interes.....
» 17/11/2008 9:17:36 AM Rhian, In 1930 or even 1950, I would have agreed with you and mil-observer that everythin.....
» 15/11/2008 11:13:03 AM Excellent article by Antony Loewenstein and some very good comments. One point that hasn't.....
» 15/11/2008 10:36:45 AM mil-observer, Where did I ever blame individuals? People call this sort of situation a Ma.....
» 14/11/2008 4:23:41 PM Passy, You might like to have a look at LeBlanc's "Constant Battles". The Malth.....
» 14/11/2008 3:42:43 PM mil-observer, With a few statistics from the CIA World Factbook and a scientific calculat.....
» 13/11/2008 2:16:02 PM Many of you seem to have the view that the world is like a picture of Mickey Mouse, with t.....
» 13/11/2008 10:37:03 AM CJ Morgan's views of pre-state warfare, that it was not just bombastic posturing, agree wi.....
» 6/11/2008 11:02:26 AM CJ, Take a look at the work of Patriarch Bartholomew, the head of the Orthodox Church ht.....
» 6/11/2008 8:59:13 AM Kiashu, You are ignoring the environmental aspects of this problem. You might go to the W.....
» 5/11/2008 11:48:59 AM An excellent article, Eric. The comments are also very good. You should take note, thoug.....
» 30/10/2008 11:33:30 AM The idea that we can end poverty even for the existing population, let alone for the 9 bil.....
» 29/10/2008 11:51:54 AM KAEP and Mr. Right, I agree with both of you about the mendacity of our politicians on cl.....
» 1/10/2008 3:37:23 PM Spikey, You are also being selective in ignoring social class, as well as quality of life.....
» 29/09/2008 10:52:09 AM Spikey, From the April 2006 Australian Government Productivity Commission report on Econ.....
» 29/09/2008 10:08:57 AM Daggett, This factsheet shows the cost of an average house in Australia as having risen f.....
» 19/09/2008 4:47:22 PM Olly is wrong about Australia having a declining population. Australia's population is act.....
» 19/09/2008 9:26:26 AM Bazz, Given the competition for the limited supply of land within commuting distance of a.....
» 17/09/2008 2:48:36 PM Jason60, Australia has a very low population density, but that is because most of the cou.....
» 17/09/2008 9:37:00 AM Bazz, Your argument doesn't explain why it is just the price of land that has gone up and.....
» 12/09/2008 11:51:18 AM HRS, Australia's population is actually growing by 1.6%, which would imply a population d.....
» 8/09/2008 2:51:24 PM Sue Hoffman, Sorry, but your link doesn't work. My point about the airlines was not tha.....
» 6/09/2008 3:36:17 PM Sue Hoffman, The distinction between air and irregular boat arrival is that people who ar.....
» 4/09/2008 4:10:24 PM Sue Hoffman, You have shown that the number of asylum seekers arriving by boat (which wou.....
» 4/09/2008 2:53:41 PM Senator Bartlett, You asserted that mandatory detention made no difference to boat arriva.....
» 3/09/2008 10:13:09 AM (cont'd) To have credibility, you need to address an environmentally and socially respons.....
» 3/09/2008 10:09:13 AM Senator Bartlett, Limits to growth would indeed be irrelevant if we were only going to ge.....
» 1/09/2008 3:52:20 PM In order to support any sort of open-ended commitment to take in people, you would have to.....
» 18/08/2008 9:54:14 AM Spikey, You are missing my point about the Rau case. I had said earlier that there could .....
» 15/08/2008 2:26:24 PM Wise comments from Plerdsus and Stevenlmeyer. People often demand that we boost the popula.....
» 14/08/2008 1:01:00 PM Spikey, You might want to consider the Cornelia Rau case. Rau was a German citizen and a .....
» 12/08/2008 3:06:16 PM Spikey, You claim that you have exposed all my arguments as straw men. You have not. You .....
» 11/08/2008 3:43:20 PM Spikey, Migration Watch is quoting the British government's own Home Office figures. The .....
» 11/08/2008 10:57:57 AM Kipp, The figures I quoted were only for asylum claims. Other legal immigration was in ad.....
» 8/08/2008 2:34:59 PM Spikey, I have raised some facts and given my sources. When you say that I am fear-monger.....
» 8/08/2008 12:30:14 PM Why two-party preferred vote, LRAM? If a Green or Independent came second, let him or her .....
» 8/08/2008 11:47:33 AM Ludwig, So long as the Indonesian government cooperates in suppressing people smugglers, .....
» 30/07/2008 3:39:56 PM Passy, Whatever the case with the availability of food worldwide, Rwanda and Haiti are go.....
» 29/07/2008 11:01:43 AM Now for Passy's argument that technology will magically expand the carrying capacity. Ther.....
» 29/07/2008 10:46:55 AM Passy, If you take a look at the various environmental footprint sites, such as Redefinin.....
» 18/07/2008 11:15:17 AM Correct me if I am wrong, but from what I have read, the distinction between low and high .....
» 16/07/2008 11:32:42 AM High-skilled immigration is certainly better for a country than low-skilled, at least in t.....
» 11/07/2008 10:02:47 AM Let's talk about "culture of death" and who the real baby killers are. There is .....
» 10/07/2008 3:41:04 PM Excellent post, rojo, and a very interesting paper. To continue with the argument for why.....
» 9/07/2008 11:24:19 AM ScienceLaw, You accept that consciousness distinguishes human tissue from a human person .....
» 9/07/2008 10:01:59 AM Bronwyn, Sterilisation and abortion have been legal or effectively legal for a long time......
» 9/07/2008 9:46:54 AM ScienceLaw, I would be inclined to give the fetus the benefit of the doubt in the later m.....
» 7/07/2008 4:22:52 PM Democritus, Australia does have a lot of arable land per person, but there are serious is.....
» 4/07/2008 10:13:08 AM ScienceLaw, Your slavery example presupposes two people, something that the rest of us wo.....
» 2/07/2008 12:16:33 PM It is easy to point at examples of senseless waste in our own society, so many of the more.....
» 2/07/2008 11:17:34 AM ScienceLaw, I didn't intend "religious right" as an insult, just a description .....
» 30/06/2008 11:41:04 AM Even people on the religious right believe that personhood is determined by having a mind .....
» 27/06/2008 6:12:16 PM Geoff, Take a look at any of the environmental footprint sites like Redefining Progress, .....
» 18/06/2008 12:41:09 PM Eclipse Now, I have worked with a lot of foreign scientists and engineers over the years .....
» 16/06/2008 3:25:56 PM Gar Alperovitz was writing in the 1960s, when the information to refute him was all classi.....
» 16/06/2008 2:41:32 PM Sorry, I meant Michael-in-Adelaide......
» 16/06/2008 2:38:03 PM Colinsett, Peak phosphate and potash are very serious worries, as there is no substitute .....
» 11/06/2008 10:18:35 AM Grim, Most of humanity is and always has been in a Malthusian trap. Technological advance.....
» 6/06/2008 5:56:32 PM It is amazing how people can talk about this crisis without any mention of the p-word. Hai.....
» 3/06/2008 3:18:56 PM Diver Dan, First World governments and corporations are not run by angels. I fully agree .....
» 3/06/2008 10:33:45 AM Johncee, Agronomist is right. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, 0.05.....
» 30/05/2008 10:56:41 AM Bennie, The scientists who have come up with alternatives to the conventional Big Bang mo.....
» 28/05/2008 12:00:14 PM TPVs don't automatically need to have harsh conditions, such as denial of the right to wor.....
» 26/05/2008 10:00:22 AM Dan, I have worked with a number of scientists over the years, and a fair few of them wer.....
» 26/05/2008 9:43:07 AM rstuart, That was a good post. There is growing controversy about the concept of food mi.....
» 24/05/2008 7:05:40 PM Col, I am surprised that you are taking the side of a growthist, as elsewhere you seem to.....
» 24/05/2008 6:28:54 PM Lev, The impact of shipping beef to Japan is trivial compared to the extra consumption of.....
» 23/05/2008 5:01:31 PM Mhaze, Jared Diamond has not conceded that erosion due to deforestation didn't happen. Fr.....
» 23/05/2008 12:27:05 PM Bernie Masters, No one claims that environmental footprints are more than a rough guide. .....
» 23/05/2008 10:15:40 AM Lev, The Australia Institute has done the calculations on the environmental impact due to.....
» 21/05/2008 2:33:41 PM Mhaze, Jared Diamond has replied to the paper you cited in a paper published in the magaz.....
» 19/05/2008 8:03:34 PM But Lev, You are forgetting that Australia is mostly desert. In 1996 the Australian Yearb.....
» 19/05/2008 11:09:28 AM Lev, Of course it is possible to combine all of those things. China is doing it. Their on.....
» 16/05/2008 5:27:57 PM Lev, Take a look at the country statistics at the CIA World Factbook. If population growt.....
» 16/05/2008 10:46:13 AM Health savings accounts are actually not a bad idea. People would have an incentive to kee.....
» 14/05/2008 3:33:09 PM Lev, The growthist ideology that our leaders seem to subscribe to, that population and ec.....
» 12/05/2008 11:48:47 AM An excellent article and excellent comments from Ludwig, Col Rouge, and Bernie Masters. .....
» 7/05/2008 6:22:08 PM The main reason for food shortages, although greed and stupidity also contribute, is that .....
» 11/04/2008 2:46:37 PM Bronwyn, The natural interpretation of Article 31 is as I said. If "direct" is .....
» 9/04/2008 12:03:52 PM Britain obviously does not have unlimited resources. Because of international agreements o.....
» 9/04/2008 11:42:41 AM Secondary movement was forbidden by article 31 of the 1951 Refugee Convention, with refuge.....
» 7/04/2008 2:38:04 PM Next's comments are spot on. No one disputes the physics of how greenhouse gases work or t.....
» 4/04/2008 3:13:02 PM TRTL, Only 13 countries actually have declining populations. Apart from Germany, all of t.....
» 28/03/2008 10:17:50 AM Excellent article, Peter Ridd To put some numbers on what the government is doing in term.....
» 22/03/2008 2:26:36 PM Fester, For the past week the Sydney Morning Herald has been running stories about commut.....
» 22/03/2008 1:57:54 PM PaulL, The environmental or ecological footprint essentially converts consumption per per.....
» 19/03/2008 6:11:19 PM PaulL, Housing would be worthless as an investment unless there were people to live in th.....
» 19/03/2008 1:54:21 PM PaulL, I agree with you about the damage that is being done to social cohesion by mass mi.....
» 19/03/2008 1:33:19 PM Julian Cribbs' article is excellent. New Scientist has been reporting on a new type of bla.....
» 17/03/2008 4:19:49 PM PaulL, Replacement level fertility (or below) will stop or reverse population growth over.....
» 28/02/2008 10:19:59 AM What Peter Saunders is proposing, using the welfare system to subsidise inadequate wages, .....
» 29/01/2008 3:17:54 PM Wizofaus, Why MichaelK thinks there is anything Nazi-like about your last post is a myste.....
» 29/01/2008 11:04:41 AM No one seems to have brought up the argument that we all get to pay for commercial televis.....
» 29/01/2008 9:51:17 AM Dr. Shearman, It may be politically incorrect to say so, but stopping population growth i.....
» 25/01/2008 9:08:11 AM No one disputes the physics of how greenhouse gases work or that carbon dioxide in the atm.....
» 24/01/2008 9:31:42 AM Owen, There are only 13 countries that are actually experiencing negative population grow.....
» 18/01/2008 9:07:06 AM Loudmouth, Governments might be slightly more inclined to adopt your excellent proposals .....
» 16/01/2008 10:08:19 AM You are right, colinsett. About 80% of the greenhouse gases currently in the atmosphere .....
» 7/01/2008 10:01:00 AM Yabby, Most grain may indeed be fed to animals in Australia, but this is not the case wor.....
» 17/12/2007 1:49:51 PM Wizofaus, Paul Harrison wrote an article in New Scientist some years ago, suggesting that.....
» 17/12/2007 1:26:06 PM stop&think, Do the numbers for yourself. At any given growth rate, the number of new peop.....
» 14/12/2007 1:20:48 PM Wizofaus, This graph from Wikipedia shows the problem with blithely claiming that all we .....
» 14/12/2007 9:59:19 AM According to Britain's Optimum Population Trust http://www.optimumpopulation.org/opt.rele.....
» 10/12/2007 10:00:35 AM Shadow Minister, You can't stop a member from resigning or force him to work, but you cou.....
» 28/11/2007 1:49:13 PM Lawsuits can serve a valuable purpose in forcing private or public authorities to lift the.....
» 21/11/2007 1:14:58 PM JulianC, I liked your article. It complements what the Earth Policy Institute has to say .....
» 14/11/2007 10:54:16 AM tebbutt, I agree with you and the previous posters. However, you people seem to think tha.....
» 14/11/2007 10:01:45 AM Palimpsest, With the tools of modern science, archaeologists have gotten better at figuri.....
» 14/11/2007 9:24:04 AM Great post, Banjo A royal family can have considerable moral authority and doesn't owe it.....
» 9/11/2007 9:30:39 AM There have been some excellent suggestions on this forum on how to reduce costs to the pub.....
» 7/11/2007 1:11:39 PM Dozer, For an overview of the problem, see this graph from Wikipedia which plots per capi.....
» 5/11/2007 10:57:37 AM According to the editor of the Bulletin of Medical Ethics, Richard Nicholson (in the 6/10/.....
» 3/11/2007 7:29:09 PM Perseus, Foreigners can buy all the companies they like, and no one will object too much,.....
» 3/11/2007 7:07:09 PM Excellent post, Yabby Dozer, Reducing our environmental per capita footprint (i.e. consu.....
» 2/11/2007 11:01:17 AM Bronwyn, I think you have some confusion about what the Green Revolution means. It was th.....
» 2/11/2007 9:23:55 AM Dozer, You are correct when you say that raising per capita incomes to developed country .....
» 2/11/2007 9:01:42 AM Perseus, You have had some sensible things to say on the nuclear thread, but with your Ye.....
» 31/10/2007 10:38:52 AM Pericles, Of course, overconsumption is "a" problem. It adds to the general mes.....
» 26/10/2007 2:55:21 PM Bronwyn, Did you read the link I provided? Completely eliminating US consumption altogeth.....
» 26/10/2007 11:07:51 AM Pericles, In view of your remarkable personal attack on me, it might be helpful to dispel.....
» 25/10/2007 2:33:32 PM Bronwyn, The three Earths is what it would take to give everyone a typical Western Europe.....
» 24/10/2007 2:39:02 PM Bronwyn, I'm not opposed to taking more refugees, say 20,000 a year, and believe in prope.....
» 24/10/2007 12:42:04 PM Iluvatar, Have a look at this website. The one hour a week business is not an urban myth......
» 24/10/2007 12:19:31 PM I agree with previous posters that money needs to be spent on settlement services for refu.....
» 24/10/2007 11:44:17 AM Wizofaus, Yes, if fertility stays as it is (slightly below replacement) we might eventual.....
» 22/10/2007 4:59:11 PM CJ Morgan, Racism isn't really the right word. The migrants who have been causing the mo.....
» 21/10/2007 4:06:30 PM My own preference is for stabilisation at 20 million in conjunction with measures to limit.....
» 21/10/2007 3:42:47 PM CJ Morgan, You can access the 2002 CSIRO Future Dilemmas report and also a summary to it .....
» 19/10/2007 5:22:56 PM This is from Ted Trainer's article in People and Place (vol. 11, 2003, pp. 16-24) criticis.....
» 19/10/2007 4:58:13 PM Wizofaus, You are setting up a straw man. Has anyone here said that they want no immigrat.....
» 19/10/2007 10:18:52 AM Perseus, Paul Ehrlich was wrong about famines in the 1970s because he could not anticipat.....
» 18/10/2007 3:42:41 PM Wizofaus, Your last post seems to contradict an earlier one where you say that only a &qu.....
» 17/10/2007 11:22:55 AM Pericles, There is a article by Daniele Fanelli on p. 10 of the Oct. 6 (2007) New Scienti.....
» 12/10/2007 3:23:40 PM Wizofaus, According to recent news reports, the IPCC is saying that the global warming si.....
» 12/10/2007 2:04:56 PM Wizofaus, Putting humans ahead of the environment is sawing off the tree branch you are s.....
» 10/10/2007 11:15:10 AM That is a good article, but it ignored an important point. I haven't seen the statistics f.....
» 10/10/2007 10:40:44 AM Good for you, Dresdener. I am reminded of an American joke: "A racist is a person who.....
» 8/10/2007 5:32:03 PM Like Jennifer Clarke, I am disgusted at Kevin Andrew's attempt to make the Sudanese people.....
» 6/10/2007 2:53:25 PM In my last post I should have said "vast majority of asylum seekers in developed coun.....
» 2/10/2007 4:12:38 PM Marilyn, Like many Leftists you seem to see the West, and no doubt the US in particular, .....
» 30/09/2007 12:13:32 PM Good post, Plerdsus Lack of numeracy is a real problem here. Bronwyn is correct that most.....
» 6/09/2007 8:35:03 PM Rhian, You don't consider how average house prices have gone up, from 3.3 times the media.....
» 3/09/2007 12:54:13 PM Rhian, There is an older paper I found (also on the Web): K.C. Sharma, D.S. Rao and W. F......
» 27/08/2007 12:29:41 PM Arjay, Australia does look big on the map, but most of it is effectively uninhabitable de.....
» 24/08/2007 2:07:33 PM Many of you blame young people who want to live in palaces for rising house prices. There .....
» 20/08/2007 11:10:47 AM Pericles, What exactly can the minor party or independent parliamentarians do if one of t.....
» 11/08/2007 5:08:26 PM Wobbles, If you read the link I provided, you would see a summary of an argument by a his.....
» 10/08/2007 11:46:34 AM Wobbles and Country Gal, There is another view on this http://www.weeklystandard.com/Con.....
» 6/08/2007 3:19:37 PM PaulL, Australia looks big on the map, but only 6% of it is arable (compared to 33% in Fr.....
» 4/08/2007 4:16:16 PM Some of you who are also fed up might like to take a look at a US organisation's website .....
» 3/08/2007 5:52:05 PM Kyle Aaron, With a lot of capita, it doesn't matter if per capita consumption is low. Chi.....
» 30/07/2007 4:59:43 PM No doubt there are people who overcommit themselves and would likely get into trouble in a.....
» 18/07/2007 12:50:29 PM Mirko Bagaric is willing to be extremely generous with our collective property, built up t.....
» 22/06/2007 11:09:04 AM Our per capita emissions are high, but some of this is due to how greenhouse emissions are.....
» 22/06/2007 10:39:05 AM Market forces (and government policies) cause damage when externalities are ignored in the.....
» 20/06/2007 2:37:22 PM Alzo, On the front page of today's Australian there was a news item that the Bracks gover.....
» 6/06/2007 5:03:10 PM Derek@Booroobin, People may want to come to Australia, but that does not create a corresp.....
» 6/06/2007 3:55:46 PM Derek@Booroobin, While consumers certainly bear some responsibility, you are far too quic.....
» 4/06/2007 10:38:47 AM Goodthief, The problem with regarding an early fetus as a human person, and not just huma.....
» 18/05/2007 2:46:13 PM There is a distinction between a human being and living human tissue, which even people li.....
» 16/05/2007 12:53:25 PM Rhian, Whether a country is overpopulated depends on the technological level. Australia w.....
» 15/05/2007 10:14:54 AM Mr. Schorel-Hlavka, Even assuming that you are correct in your interpretation, the Consti.....
» 15/05/2007 10:08:27 AM Rhian, The potato famine was indirectly caused by overpopulation. Before the introduction.....
» 14/05/2007 12:25:24 PM Rhian, If an agronomist like William Paddock, who ought to have been able to understand t.....
» 13/05/2007 1:59:48 PM Bronwyn, 15 or even 20 thousand is OK, but I have a lot less faith in our natural barrier.....
» 11/05/2007 4:06:39 PM Rhian, You are correct. I read an extra zero, 200,000 instead of 20,000. Must get my eyes.....
» 11/05/2007 10:33:19 AM It is perhaps unfair of Sage to blame Senator Bartlett personally for the scandalous treat.....
» 11/05/2007 10:17:57 AM Let's address Senator Bartlett's economic arguments then. This quote is from Robert Rowtho.....
» 11/05/2007 9:51:43 AM Bronwyn, Our current growth rate is giving us a population doubling time of 53 years. In .....
» 20/04/2007 11:41:22 AM Richard, Obviously by "buying time" I mean that the Green Revolution gave India.....
» 18/04/2007 2:45:24 PM Richard Castles, Paul Ehrlich wrote The Population Bomb in the 1960s. At that time India .....
» 23/03/2007 10:23:00 AM BriscoRant, I don't have a problem with 12,000 people or even 20,000, just with an open-e.....
» 21/03/2007 10:57:56 AM Sunfire, You were the one who asserted that numbers would never be large, not me. If you .....
» 20/03/2007 7:19:20 AM Brisco Rant, The government takes little notice of what ordinary people think about other.....
» 15/03/2007 8:16:22 PM Sunfire, Numbers of asylum seekers do not remain static. Before 1980 there were less than.....
» 15/03/2007 2:03:19 PM Sunfire, Unless you are a Quaker or the like and thus a pacifist under any circumstances,.....
» 14/03/2007 5:46:23 PM Unfortunately, we have 6.5 billion going on 9 billion people on a planet that can sustaina.....
» 14/03/2007 9:54:06 AM Perhaps you might get $12 million per person if all the money was divided equally, but the.....
» 12/03/2007 11:46:13 AM The selfishness is in precisely the opposite direction. The corporate elite gets richer by.....
» 28/02/2007 11:29:50 AM Guy V, Take a look at the Sustainable Population Australia site (www.population.org.au). .....
» 27/02/2007 12:54:21 PM Mylakhrion, I got the 53 years by a simple exponential growth calculation, assuming that .....
» 23/02/2007 1:25:50 PM Mylakhrion, Contrary to the impression the politicians try to create, Australia is not ru.....
» 23/02/2007 10:05:03 AM Mylakhrion, Australia is hardly in danger of running out of people. According to the ABS .....
» 8/02/2007 2:44:16 PM We need to identify the real culprits who are responsible for needlessly bad deaths. Those.....
» 5/02/2007 5:29:09 PM Tony Ryan, No doubt first world elites are contributing to the perpetuation of poverty in.....
» 5/02/2007 11:36:19 AM Rhian, Perhaps you should read Gasana's article about his own country where he was Minist.....
» 2/02/2007 12:00:09 PM Rhian and the rest of the Malthus-was-wrong crowd should take a look at Rwanda. The popula.....
» 1/02/2007 2:11:14 PM Very good article. It actually says quite a lot for Graham and the Online Opinion people t.....
» 28/01/2007 3:24:41 PM TurnRightThenLeft, Virginia Abernethy's 'Population Politics' is good on this. Family pla.....
» 24/01/2007 9:30:46 AM If TurnRightThenLeft thinks we have to eliminate poverty to solve the various threats to o.....
» 18/01/2007 9:38:30 AM You refugee advocates need to consider why people might be hostile to you instead of tradi.....
» 18/01/2007 9:17:32 AM Senator Bartlett, As opposed to countries such as Finland with low population growth and .....
» 15/01/2007 4:01:04 AM Dr. Eslake, As an economist you would have had extensive training in mathematics, which w.....
» 12/01/2007 8:30:36 AM Stephany put her finger on most of the issues here, but did not bring up the truth-is-no-d.....
» 10/01/2007 9:29:47 AM Of course Australia can afford to be generous to a few thousand refugees a year, although .....
» 2/01/2007 3:47:29 PM PK, It is good that you are backing off from an open borders position, which seemed to be.....
» 2/01/2007 9:09:01 AM Some people on this forum might profit from a short math lesson. At any given time, growth.....
» 21/12/2006 10:39:32 AM Sharkfin, I haven't checked it myself but believe that I have read somewhere that if popu.....
» 19/12/2006 9:34:36 AM Graham, You keep saying that there is a shortage of workers, but where is the evidence fo.....
» 18/12/2006 10:27:29 AM Graham, Of course the fraction of GNP that goes to accommodate population growth is worth.....
» 17/12/2006 3:48:40 PM Pericles, Floor area has increased, but those small, basic 1950s and 1960s houses are sti.....
» 15/12/2006 2:47:53 PM DB, Like many people, you are assuming that Australia needs more people, perhaps because .....
» 15/12/2006 2:35:33 PM Graham, There are benefits to the people at the top from a larger economy but not to the .....
» 8/12/2006 1:10:02 PM Back in the 19th century and earlier, farmers realised that if they didn't feed their work.....
» 1/12/2006 9:33:24 AM Chris, You are so eager to portray us as Nazis and yourself as a martyr for the 'unborn' .....
» 29/11/2006 11:55:16 AM Even very conservative Christians would have no problems in turning off the life support o.....
» 28/11/2006 9:31:47 AM So, Cris Kerr, when does human life begin for the case of the chimera? Two entirely separa.....
» 24/11/2006 10:51:44 AM Sorry, I meant to say "fraternal twins" and not "identical twins" when.....
» 24/11/2006 10:49:30 AM Only perhaps 1 in 3 embryos survives to the live baby stage, even if there is no deliberat.....
» 31/10/2006 9:44:17 AM There are two issues here. As Country Girl has said, environmental management is likely to.....
» 26/10/2006 11:19:46 AM Obviously it is more convenient for employers to simply import foreigners, particularly if.....
» 26/10/2006 10:33:48 AM Rhian, I accept that there are other factors involved in house prices besides population .....
» 25/10/2006 3:54:37 PM Rhian, You accept that the CPI does not include interest, but have said nothing about the.....
» 25/10/2006 12:21:21 AM The CPI does not include the cost of interest (think of those big housing loans). It inclu.....
» 24/10/2006 9:45:53 AM Yabby, It seems to me that folks on the right are all in favour of the free market when i.....
» 21/10/2006 6:53:35 PM Forrest, You might have a look at the Center for Immigration Studies site, www.cis.org, i.....
» 20/10/2006 9:19:56 PM Sorry, Forrest, I haven't looked at the political aspects of all this and am not aware of .....
» 20/10/2006 9:43:33 AM It still is not clear why Rhian wants a bigger population. To add to the economic argument.....
» 19/10/2006 3:48:54 PM Paying decent wages and providing decent working conditions to unemployed Aboriginal and o.....
» 18/10/2006 10:13:31 AM Sneekeepete says that we might as well take all of the boat people because "we know w.....
» 17/10/2006 3:40:19 PM Marilyn, The fact that numbers may have been small and manageable to date is absolutely n.....
» 15/10/2006 2:13:40 PM It may have made sense to sign the 1951 Refugee Convention after WWII when the refugee sit.....
» 13/10/2006 10:05:44 AM If Australians sank SIEV X (for which there is no convincing evidence), it was a monstrous.....
» 4/10/2006 10:27:53 AM peff, I never said that all cleaners had low IQs, but just take a look at the normal dist.....
» 30/09/2006 12:02:35 PM It is worth pointing out that 'lacemaker' was a euphemism for prostitute in Victorian Engl.....
» 30/09/2006 11:48:27 AM Angelo, I am puzzled by the idea that Australia is running out of people. According to AB.....
» 30/09/2006 11:25:06 AM Col, The advice on getting ahead is of course correct so far as an individual is concerne.....
» 29/09/2006 3:50:13 PM Foundation, You are ignoring why the prices of houses are being bid up. A lot of the peop.....
» 28/09/2006 2:54:48 PM FencePost, Under Speenhamland a worker could not get benefits unless he had a job. This i.....
» 27/09/2006 3:19:46 PM FencePost, and I think, Des Moore, have brought up the idea of the government making up th.....
» 19/09/2006 5:49:56 PM Numbat, You are assuming that a zygote, embryo, or early fetus has the same moral status .....
» 11/07/2006 10:16:27 AM Corin, The problem of EMTRs could be eliminated in Col Rouge's proposal by taxing on a fa.....
» 10/07/2006 1:42:22 PM Col Rouge is absolutely right about the benefits that could come from fixing overpopulatio.....
» 10/07/2006 1:14:21 PM One point that hasn't been considered yet is the effect of liberal immigration policies on.....
» 6/07/2006 10:34:12 AM Yuyutsu says that immigration is all that gives us non-indigenous Australians the right to.....
» 5/07/2006 10:33:40 AM This is from an article by Robert Rowthorn, Professor of Economics at Cambridge University.....
» 4/07/2006 3:07:51 PM Let's take a look at what opening our borders and sharing with the residents of overpopula.....
» 30/06/2006 3:09:12 PM That's an excellent article, Eric. It told some hard facts that the politicians and mainst.....
» 31/05/2006 10:07:08 AM Thanks for your references, Yabby. They were excellent. How TonyD can believe that the Cat.....
» 30/05/2006 9:46:13 AM Schmuck, If you go to the Redefining Progress site you will find the environmental footpr.....
» 29/05/2006 4:43:31 PM Reality Check, you should apply your logic to the Solomon Islands. Go to the CIA World Fac.....
» 25/05/2006 4:57:28 PM Marilyn, If it were just a question of a few thousand people a year, who were overwhelmin.....
» 11/05/2006 5:02:51 PM People don't have the capacity to pay tax on money that is needed for bare subsistence, an.....
» 11/05/2006 4:15:42 PM Wobbles: This isn't simply about irrational hysteria. You need to take a look at what is .....
» 6/05/2006 5:55:12 PM Before the Internet, op-ed columns about the sclerotic European economies went unchallenge.....
» 21/04/2006 5:46:59 PM Wobbles: The clear intention of article 31 is to bar asylum shopping. Has Australia signe.....
» 19/04/2006 12:12:57 PM Wobbles: See article 31 of the 1951 Refugee Convention: "1. The contracting states s.....
» 18/04/2006 4:47:51 PM Bronwyn is quite wrong when she says that we would have negative population growth without.....
» 17/03/2006 4:44:45 PM Pericles, People really "need" very little to survive. No doubt you could also .....
» 14/03/2006 2:51:15 PM Bronwyn, You are ignoring the effects of chain migration. Once someone from village X get.....
» 7/03/2006 1:46:07 PM Bronwyn keeps telling us that there will only ever be a few thousand asylum seekers, imply.....
» 7/03/2006 1:19:10 PM Optimum population obviously depends on technology and culture, as well as on how rich and.....
» 5/03/2006 11:59:22 AM contd. The next question is what to do if you don't like what is happening and agree that.....
» 5/03/2006 11:41:29 AM People here seem to be in agreement about the negative aspects of what is happening to ord.....
» 5/03/2006 11:13:05 AM Whatever the merits of his views on Australia, it should be remembered that Jared Diamond .....
» 3/03/2006 2:35:39 PM The Club of Rome, Paul Ehrlich, the Paddock brothers, and others who were predicting disas.....
» 24/02/2006 3:24:38 PM Andrew Bartlett keeps telling us that migration doesn't affect the global population becau.....
» 23/02/2006 4:41:52 PM Yobbo and Perseus, My personal preferences about crowding or the cultural advantages of .....
» 22/02/2006 1:29:20 PM Yobbo, Why do you think that you know more about the one-child policy than the Chinese go.....
» 17/02/2006 3:14:44 PM Tom, that was a really good article. Perseus, take a look at Finland in the CIA World Fac.....
» 8/02/2006 2:32:55 PM last word, so far as the reference is concerned, I am afraid that I haven't checked the pr.....
» 8/02/2006 8:47:06 AM So how do you explain the excellent economic and environmental performance of Finland, for.....
» 7/02/2006 2:17:01 PM Andrew Bartlett originally claimed that mass migration was of significant economic benefit.....
» 1/02/2006 1:47:39 PM There seems to be some confusion here where people talk about the supposed economic benefi.....
» 1/02/2006 9:16:13 AM Senator Bartlett, You tell us there is no cause for alarm and cite a projection with a fe.....
» 31/01/2006 2:34:56 PM If migration and population growth were as beneficial as sneekeepete claims then this woul.....
» 30/01/2006 4:03:53 PM Let's test Andrew Bartlett's claim that mass immigration is good for us. First, no one dis.....
» 25/01/2006 3:10:07 PM You are right, Ludwig. I am reminded of a New Scientist article some years ago about facto.....
» 22/12/2005 3:36:40 PM Greg Barns sees the recent riots as due to (exclusively Anglo) racists who act out of pure.....
» 8/10/2005 9:07:37 AM Shoshana (on another forum discussion) and Sneekeepete have made the point that most asylu.....
» 14/09/2005 12:50:53 PM PTM is absolutely correct about the effects of urban consolidation. I would hate the idea .....
» 24/06/2005 11:12:48 AM There seems to be no recognition of population growth in the developed countries as a fact.....
» 17/06/2005 12:35:49 PM Fiona: There probably are ways to deal with the illegal immigration problem without mandat.....
» 14/06/2005 2:45:00 PM Fiona: 1. On June 8 Rainier quoted Greg Barns as saying "the distinction between asyl.....
» 10/06/2005 5:54:07 PM Fiona and Rainier, 1. You believe in open borders so want to wrap any irregular arrival .....
» 10/06/2005 12:07:39 PM Fiona, Mandi, et al.: How do you feel about the jailing of parents in Australian prisons? .....
» 9/06/2005 3:48:32 PM A recent letter to the Guardian put this very well. Imagine that you have two countries. .....
» 8/06/2005 12:00:17 PM Di: I didn't post on "Mexifornia" because I wanted to debate the rights or wron.....
» 7/06/2005 3:51:01 PM As Arjay said, any reasonably determined person can get all the information they want on h.....
» 7/06/2005 3:21:26 PM Albert: If you want evidence that illegal immigrants can form an "underclass of chea.....
» 7/06/2005 12:22:31 PM Andrew Bartlett: You might have a look at the Migration Watch UK website, as they have col.....
» 6/06/2005 6:23:24 AM Andrew Bartlett: You are like a person who argues that because we have had no polio epide.....
» 4/06/2005 2:11:14 PM enaj: If someone offered me a job that paid three times as much as I am getting now on co.....
» 2/06/2005 10:27:25 AM Your idea is a very good one, enaj, well worth following up where the main problem is that.....
» 2/06/2005 10:06:59 AM Those of you who are offended about being called racist should bear in mind the American j.....
» 1/06/2005 10:11:06 AM Andrew Bartlett: if our circumstances are so different from those of the rest of the world.....
» 1/06/2005 9:51:37 AM Why does Borofkin think it would be any cheaper to get to Britain through all of Europe th.....
» 31/05/2005 4:14:16 PM It is possible to find some hard cases where people spend years in detention and are then .....
» 31/05/2005 3:52:12 PM Judy Cannon and some of the others who have posted seem to be trying to confuse illegal im.....
» 13/05/2005 4:58:20 PM If Howard Glenn wants us to adopt a model of dealing with asylum seekers that is more like.....
» 13/04/2005 3:19:09 PM At least Enaj is prepared to think about what could be a very serious problem. Because as.....
» 8/04/2005 3:08:21 PM Australia and all the developed countries put together cannot simply take people in and so.....
» 4/04/2005 4:41:33 PM Tim, In order to get a handle on the size of the problem we need to know the median rather.....
» 1/04/2005 11:16:56 AM Eric, My point about the industrial chemicals was not the chemicals that are used in water.....
» 30/03/2005 11:14:15 AM All of the comments so far are good, but the main reason why we have permanent water restr.....
» 3/02/2005 4:13:14 PM It is easy to make high income earners look hard done by if you focus on income tax in iso.....

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