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A book review

In the first part of this book review, we covered Australia’s daunting future if it continues on its present immigration-driven hyper-population growth path.  We discussed a “Faustian Bargain” and “Hobson’s Choice.”  We discovered that Australia does not possess enough water or arable land to sustain more than 20 million citizens. 

Yet, corporations, politicians and immigration groups known as ‘growthists’, defy all logic while pushing their agenda toward a 50 million population in Australia. 

Oz and the United States, where I live, share similar paradigms.  Both maintain stable populations via their own citizens, but both find themselves being overpopulated by immigration being forced down their throats by pandering politicians.  Both countries don’t understand their end-result of relentless immigration.

U.S. demographic expert Dr. Albert Bartlett said, “A century of 1.6 percent per year growth, which is Australia’s current growth rate, would cause Australia to increase to 100 million.”

It shows you that if you were riding in a car with Kevin Rudd, he would drive over a cliff and take you with him.  Once you arrived in Heaven, and you asked him why he did that, he might answer, “I didn’t realize where I was going.”

The fact remains, folks pushing growth agendas don’t understand where they take Australia, but the fact remains, overpopulation advocates drive Oz over a cliff.

“First, we need to clear away a quite different objection,” O’Connor said. “Clearly the writers of this book care about nature. So why, some conservationists will ask us, are we writing about the number of people, instead of worrying about the amount of damage each person does?”

Obviously, like in the U.S., Australian media and politicians deftly avoid the population issue.  It’s the sacred cow of Faustian proponents.  You’ll hear about tons of people pushing alternative gardening, alternative energy and all sorts of environmentally feel-good concepts that fail to address the one issue that will negate all their efforts.  No matter how many new energy saving light bulbs or 100 kilometers to the liter of gas automobiles or water conservation—when you add another 10 million people, you lose on all counts.

It’s simple mathematics, but those devils drive you toward the cliff by spinning the facts into confusion!  Amazingly, they assume they are not nor are their children vulnerable to the consequences.

Simon Grose, writing in the Canberra Times, in 2007, said, “Can we really expect to increase our numbers by about 30 percent over 50 years and keep all fed and comfortable with the hope of a car and a fridge without raising greenhouse emissions?  No way!”

Finally, a mind that writes a reality based piece!  What a concept!  Reality! Deal with it or be swept away by it!

“No one wants to go back to rushlights and mule-back,” Lines said. “But there are just two problems. First, any interruption to the power-supply brings chaos and before long, deaths.  Second, there seems no way that the planet can provide resources for this lifestyle to be shared by nearly seven billion people, let alone another two or three billion by 2050.”

At the head of each chapter, O’Connor and Lines place compelling quotes from experts and world leaders. It doesn’t take a Sydney lawyer with an ounce of common sense to connect the dots!  Australia already stands in the cross-hairs of terrible environmental conflict with its own human numbers.

Mikhail Gorbachev said, “We are all passengers aboard one ship, the Earth, and we must not allow it to be wrecked.  There will be no second Noah’s Ark.”

What I found most compelling with O’Connor’s work stems from the fact that I have witnessed firsthand the ramifications facing other countries that allowed their populations to spin out of control. For example, Bangladesh, not much bigger in landmass than Tasmania, houses 144 million people.  Can any Australian fathom Tasmania with 144 million people? That’s what’s happening worldwide and that’s why people flee those countries by the millions. 

Instead of absorbing an unending line of immigrants, Australia and other first world countries might help those other countries by NOT taking their refugees, but instead, send them birth control and family planning along with food production techniques and water purification. Help them in their own countries. If they refuse help, then, in the final analysis, they must suffer their own Malthusian overload.  If Australia keeps taking immigrants, then, Australia becomes another Bangladesh or variation thereof at some point in this century.

“Most Western elites continue urging the wealthy West not to stem the migrant tide, but to absorb our global brothers and sisters until their horrid ordeal has been endured and shared by all--ten billion humans packed onto an ecologically devastated planet.”   Dr. Otis Graham, Unguarded Gates

In chapter 5, the authors land, like the shocking wildfires in Sydney and NSW last year, with a savage reality punch: food or the scarcity of it!

“There are several reasons why Earth is failing—but they all come down to the fact that an increasing number of people are making increasing demands on a single planet,” Lines said. “The Green Revolution is basically over, it’s gains already cancelled by population growth.”

To attest to that fact, an average of 18 million people die of starvation or starvation related diseases annually worldwide.  I can say, that in my world bicycle travels, I’ve seen those deaths firsthand.   It’s not a benign statistic to me; it’s a harsh visual reality.  If you look at any “Save the Children” program begging to feed the children, you have seen what I have seen.  For anyone that really wants to save the children, first world countries should send birth control first and food second. (www.quinacrine.com)

“Humans will continue to clear the diminishing lands left to other species,” O’Connor said. “Wreaking disaster upon creatures already pushed to the margins.”

Worldwide, humans cause the extinction of 100 creatures daily via human encroachment on habitat. In Oz, many kangaroos suffer endangerment as well as dozens of other species.

“The debate ought to be about the carrying capacity of the continent—a continent that has lousy soils, fragile soils and depleted and degraded river systems.” Bob Carr, writing for Weekend Australian, June 1994

Part 3: How many Australians are too many?



Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents – from the Arctic to the South Pole – as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border.  In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece.  He presents “The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it” to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges.  He works to bring about sensible world population balance at www.frostywooldridge.com