Cutting the Population Burden
Estimated World Population 10,000 BCE - 2000 CE. (Wikipedia)
The current world population is clearly unsustainable. There is an urgent need for countries to work towards gradually decreasing the population towards more sustainable levels by reducing the fertility rate.
Stabilising Australia's Population
Given the very high ecological footprint of Australians it is important that we lead the way in this area.
- Birth Control - contraceptives should be encouraged through subsidies and access improved for under 18's. Pharmacists should be able to provide contraceptives without a doctor's script. Long-acting contraceptives are supported where appropriate. Sterilisation should be entirely funded by Medicare and actively promoted - perhaps with a cash bonus.
- Education - appropriate educational material has been shown to result in reduced rates of STDs and unplanned pregnancy. (Abstinence-only education is not supported.)
- No Baby Bonus - these funds would be re-directed to providing free Kinder.
- Limited Tax-Payer Funded Paid Maternity Leave - Only for women having their fist child after age 30 and only for one pregnancy. This increases the generation gap and slows population growth. Savings re-directed to increasing the Tax Free Threshold.
- Re-direct Family Tax Benefits - this funding should be used to increase the Tax Free Threshold (TFT) for all low-middle income Australians. (See TFT page.)
- 90% Less Immigration - ecologically Australia is not well equipped to deal with migratory inflows of the current magnitude. Migrant intake should be limited to the current small humanitarian refugee intake. In 2009-2010 10% of Australia's immigration was humanitarian, including the 3% arriving by small boat (~5,000). Planned migration for 2010 is 182,450. In 2008-2009 net migration was 285,347. (Dept. Immigration)
- This is a numbers issue, not a race issue!
- Whatever migration does occur should favour an increase in ethnic, racial & cultural diversity.
- We support multiculturalism.
NewAustraliafounder is a migrant who arrived in 1975.
- We favour abolishing the anti-migrant Section 44 of the constitution (see Republic Models).
Reducing the World's Population
Australia should encourage other nations to eliminate cash incentives to having more than one child, increase availability of contraceptives and improve access to education for girls.
Limiting benefits to women over 30 when they have their first child would be of great benefit.
Population evolution in different continents. The vertical axis is logarithmic and is millions of people. (Wikipedia)
The World Clock
World @ 7 Billion
1st Nov 2011: The world's population reaches 7 Billion.
Crikey on Immigration
5th June 2010: A survey of how many people think most migration is of 'boat people'. more...
Paid maternity go-ahead
10th May 2009: The federal government will commit to paid parental leave from January 2011 for those earning less that $150,000 a year, federal Treasurer Wayne Swan says. more...
6th Mar 2009: The world is overpopulating itself to a catastrophic
future of terrorism and climatic disaster, according to a Melbourne University professor of
reproductive biology. more...
Food shortage catastrophe
26th Sep 2008: Food shortage catastrophe creeping up on the world.
Labor increases migration
18th Feb 2008: "Australia is to lift its skilled migrant intake
to 108,500 as
the overall number of foreigners arriving for work climbs to more than 300,000 a year." more...