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What took the Prime Minister so long?
National environment group, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) says that comments made by the Prime Minister in announcing the creation of a Population Ministry all but guarantee a skewed outcome for the government’s population policy inquiry.
“While welcoming the creation of the new portfolio, SPA wonders why it took the government so long to recognise that it was needed,” says Sandra Kanck, President of SPA.
“But as a consequence of other comments made at the time of the announcement SPA has concerns about the policy that will be developed.
Australians want to stop population growth
“Opinion polls show that a majority of Australians want to stop wanton population growth and believe we have neither the water or infrastructure to support Kevin Rudd’s ‘big Australia’.
“The Prime Minister has become a mite sensitive to this sort of feedback and is now attempting to show that he is listening, but who is he listening to?
“Kevin Rudd said on Saturday that the new Minister, Tony Burke, must be ‘acutely mindful’ of the positive implications of growth on the economy.
What about biodiversity, water, and infrastructure
“There are many other things Mr Burke could have been told to mind, such as the impact of increased population on biodiversity, or water, or shortage of infrastructure.
“The PM’s marching orders unfortunately tell Mr Burke to come out on the side of the development lobby, which has immediately skewed the whole debate.
Blinkered economic approach
“The new portfolio being based in Treasury, rather than, for instance, Environment, further shows that the PM’s views on the matter are blinkered.
“The new Minister was formerly a Shadow Immigration Minister and, given the Rudd Government’s shocking record of increasing immigration without telling the Australian public in the 2007 election that this was their intention, Mr Burke will be carrying a lot of baggage.
“The former Shadow Environment Minister, Kelvin Thomson, has shown himself to be the only Federal Labor MP who understands that without an environmentally sustainable future there is no future. That Kevin Rudd has picked Tony Burke over Kelvin Thomson says far more about the PM's politicking on this vital issue than about Kelvin Thomson's deep understanding and commitment to a sustainable Australia” said Ms Kanck.
Further comment: Sandra Kanck
Doug P. (not verified)
Mon, 2010-04-05 17:11
The Candobetter message
Vivienne (not verified)
Mon, 2010-04-05 22:29
Over-population will make us into a destructive pest species