Issues Magazine

Issues Magazine 91

An overview of what's in this edition of Issues.
On a finite planet, no rational person can entertain the idea of infinite population. But when is enough enough, or is that the wrong question?
Australia urgently needs to develop a sustainable population policy. There is strong evidence that if we let our population keep growing as fast as it is doing now (about 2% a year) our quality of life in Australia is likely to decline.
The dynamics of contemporary Australian population growth and the projections of future growth are hot topics. Australia needs to develop an informed and inclusive vision of its future population.
Population growth is stressing our environment and causing social strains, while its claimed economic benefits are questionable. A rational assessment leads inevitably to the conclusion that we should aim to stabilise our population.
We live in times where many believe we must grow to build a strong and successful economy. Is a bigger economy better, and what do we stand to lose in south-east Queensland if we continue to grow?
When questions of population growth and sustainability are debated, the silver bullet of technological progress is usually proposed or implied. But historical evidence and simulations of the future demonstrate the danger of relying on technology.
How are forecasts, targets and scenarios used to plan for population growth? Is bigger necessarily better when we look beyond GDP to measures such as life expectancy and happiness?
An example of City of Brisbane planning in the 1940s illustrates that population projections are sometimes wildly inaccurate.
The latest United Nations Population Fund Report addresses questions about women, population and climate change.
Debates around solutions for climate change are often based upon reduction of greenhouse gases and other environmental measures. Marie Stopes International Australia is advocating for family planning to be considered as part of an environmental strategy to help growing communities adapt to climate change.
Well-planned growth of Australia’s population is in the best interests of the nation.
As Australia’s population grows, cities expand, house prices rise and transport systems struggle to keep up. But imagine if you lived in a developing country where access to basic services is already difficult.
Population ageing presents both new challenges and opportunities for governments and communities. It is a global phenomenon, but local areas and nations are at different stages and much is to be learnt from sharing experiences.