Interesting to read of this new party that's being talked about:
From Indaily 6th May
The Stable Population Party is hoping to put “the everything issue” high on the upcoming federal election agenda, announcing senate candidates in SA, and nationally, in the coming weeks.
“If you immediately balance emigration and permanent immigration we’d still grow by 3 million over the next couple of decades (and) we’d still hit 26 mill by mid-century,” Stable Population Party founder William Bourke said.
“I don’t think that governments are looking at the big picture, instead they are relying on lazy options like housing and holes [for economic growth] and we must be treating this as a top issue.”
Dick Smith has been the most high profile business person to give this cause breathing room – campaigning against population growth.
Its advocates believe zero population growth will reduce demand for infrastructure, which is outstripping all level of governments’ capacity to fund it, create an environmentally sustainable society and help fight against the impact of climate change.
Bourke also believes a stable population is a solution to the development debates being fought across Adelaide.
“We are looking to minimise over development including both high rise and sprawl,” he said.
“It’s not easy being in government and we are not totally critical but in terms of what they have to understand is that population growth is the problem that is masquerading as a cure for itself.”
Former Democrat MLC and Sustainable Population Australia lobby group spokesperson Sandra Kanck said if South Australia grew at rate of 1.2 per cent “by the time we get to 2100 we get to 4.8 million people”.
“Has SA got the water resources to sustain almost 5 million people? Anyone with half a brain can work out that, no, we can’t,” Kanck said.