The numbers are being
bandied around now, and have been for quite some time, perhaps since Pauline Hanson popularised the topic, about how many
migrants we should allow in, about boat people and in fact, what the population of Australia should be. However,
the question is rarely asked and one must question if the powers that be ever actually consider it, what is the ability of
this country to support any level of population, let alone decide on how much to increase it by!
Credit must be given to Dick Smith, famous Australian
businessman and noted adventurer, for his self-funded documentary on the sustainable level of the Australian population.
However, even he didn’t ask the important questions and I have tried to address them all on this website.
One of the most critical issues is that
our rural population has been and continues to drift to the cities, on the coast.
We have to ask WHY?
It’s not hard to find a multitude of answers:
- Services in the country for families, such as hospitals and schools of equivalent quality.
Centralism has robbed the country regions of major employers and is causing the death of rural and regional towns and centres.
of farming enterprises is hugely affected by seasonal influences and the growing scourge of “green” influences
such as Native Vegetation Laws and the Wild Rivers Legislation.
- Infrastructure falling apart, failing to be maintained
or withdrawn from use, such as country roads and railway lines to regional centres.
What can be done to reverse these problems?
They have been addressed in part on other
pages of this website, including:
- Free medical training of our own high school graduate
students, for their first medical degree into a medical field, to reduce and eventually eliminate the need to rob third world
countries of their doctors and nurses.
- Infrastructure rethink, to take the pressure off capital cities and to reinvigorate
regional areas, as described under the heading of “Infrastructure” on this website.
- Adopt genuine policies
to protect the profitability of Australian agriculture, as described in “Business and Entrepreneurship” and “Taxation”.
or greatly revise Native Vegetation Laws and Wild Rivers Legislation as they stand, and replace them with local authorities
that have the expertise to advise on appropriate vegetative strategies that are relevant to the local areas, rather than blanket
the whole country with its diverse landscapes, with one blanket vegetation law.
- Encourage, by a variety of means, business
and industry to relocate to regional areas. Start by moving government departments such as Agriculture,
Water Resources etc, to those areas.
- Take high speed broadband internet capacity via Fibre Optic Cable to all regional
centres and make it available from there via local providers to customers. As a prerequisite, all regional
hospitals would need the capability to provide the Medinet facility, whether via Fibro Optic Cable or High Speed Copper, and
all industrial estates in major regional centres would have access to Fibre Optic Cable.
- Divert a small proportion
of the excess flood flows of the Northern and Eastern rivers over the range into the Murray Darling System, to provide water
to South Eastern Australia and maintain the health of the inland river system.
- Investigate the broadening of the Northern
Territory/Kimberly water harvesting capacity, as demonstrated by the Ord River, to open up agriculture, industry, commerce
and greater settlement in North Western Australia.
Once initiatives such as these are undertaken, our capital cities will have lessened pressures on their infrastructure,
population density and all the areas of problems those issues create.
How much growth of population can Australia manage? What
is our capacity?
The question becomes irrelevant,
because unlike the situation we have now, with a shrinking economic base other than mining and export of primary production
raw materials, we would have a fast growing national economy, with increasing wealth, infrastructure and decentralisation.
Currently, we have a shrinking pie and a growing
number of sparrows to feed off the ever smaller pile of crumbs.
Providing these incentives to get people back into the rural and regional areas, creating jobs from
business and industry outside the capital cities again, reversing the rural labour and brain drain and putting lives and careers
into the empty ghost towns we now have will create a huge capacity for a greater population, without further straining our
currently overstressed infrastructure.
Rather than relying on migration for a population increase, I would rather see young families so optimistic about
our future as a nation and their place in it that they want to increase the size of their families once more, and raise our
we provide the incentives for people to want to populate regional Australian, to raise families there, to make lives and careers
right throughout Australia, then the population issues are no longer an issue. We will have too many Australians
doing great work with other Australians and enjoying the abundance that provides, to be concerned about petty issues such
as how big Australia is. We know the opportunities are big, and we want Australians to fill them!