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A book review

In the third part of this book review, Overloading Australia by O’Connor and Lines, we covered the fact that Australia cannot sustain added population numbers as to food, energy and water.  That hasn’t stopped ‘growthists’ in their ‘spin’ to obfuscate the realities facing the ‘desert continent’.

The authors covered the ‘refugee’ dilemma, but again, the world grows by 77 million annually, which leaves long-term immigration a futile gesture. At some point, all civilizations must come to terms with their own numbers and their own recovery.

How many more people can Australia sustain?  Short answer: not many!  The most realistic question arises from anyone with a three digit IQ: what’s the point of growing more population in Australia when you see what it did to China, India, Indonesia and other hyper-populated countries?  Let’s face it, the reason those immigrants flee their countries provides the exact reason Australia should stabilize its own population in order to remain within its carrying capacity.

John Coulter said in a letter to the editor in The Age, “If I were a Melbournian, I would not reduce my water consumption until Premier Bracks abandons his crazy plan to bring another million people into Melbourne.  Why should I save to have my savings squandered by an irresponsible Premier and leave my children in an even worse situation than today?”

Another writer said, “We have been told that Melbourne must populate or perish and that by 2030 we must absorb another one million residents. The question that Planning Minister Justin Madden should ponder is: how do we cater for increased population given that our rivers, dams and reservoirs are drying up, the drought shows no sign of breaking, one-third of the state is affected by bushfires, and blackouts are becoming commonplace? “

O’Connor addressed the ‘shortage of workers’ façade that also occurs in the United States.  While 2.4 million legal and illegal migrants pour over our borders annually, corporations demand hundreds of thousands of work visas for foreign workers. 

However, as of March 2009, the U.S. suffers an 11.1 percent unemployment rate and 32.2 million Americans live on food stamps.  Yes, that number 32.2 million is correct!

If Australia’s politicians prove as cunning and feckless as my country’s leaders, both our countries face being overwhelmed by the third world—again with no end of the line of immigrants fleeing their own misery as they grow by77 million annually. Once millions of poor establishe in both our countries, our poverty rates, language chaos and sustainability will not survive.

While you read this book, you can’t put it on the coffee table. Every chapter enlightens you to greater understanding.  If you feel like it, start yelling at the top of your lungs, because it could put you into a logical rage.

“We know that by mid-century the world population is going to be as high as 10 billion people.  The world advice is that, that simply cannot be sustained. We are down to fewer than 50 days of flow-on food availability to meet any great emergency and will be facing a mammoth, chaotic social outcome of too many people with too few resources on the planet in the lifetime of some of us here. That is why I asked the government whether it had a population policy, and I do not believe it does,”  Bob Brown in the Senate, September 16, 2008

That same applies to the U.S.  It causes you to wonder if the patients run the insane asylum.  Why can the media and government maintain such a high level of arrogance and stupidity side by side?

One writer said, “How can you kill a planet and still expect to live on it?”

O’Connor and Lines in the final chapters of the book provide a sobering rendition of the consequences of endless growth to the ‘desert continent’. I invite every politician, college professor, high school and college student in Australia—to read this book.  It needs to be read in boardrooms and bedrooms of parents. It needs reviews by every critic across Australia.  It needs to be a best seller in the first world. Every mother and father needs to read it because their kids will be wrapped up in this great ‘human dilemma’. 

Thankfully, the authors addressed ‘racism’ in the book. I can vouch for Mother Nature that she doesn’t care what your race, creed or color happens to be when your species overwhelms its carrying capacity.  Mother Nature kills and cripples without prejudice. As in Chapter 15 of the book, “Fooling people, fooling nature”, you bluff Mother Nature for only so long, and then, she will kick your Aussie ass!  That blunt, that simple!

The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said, “Twaddle, rubbish and gossip is what people want, not action.  Politicians know this.  Aided by the media and cheered by intellectuals, they peddle illusion, fantasy, myth, faith and hope.”

“But then there is the natural world,” O’Connor said. “It’s vastly different from politics and our delusions.  People can be fooled over and over again, but nature cannot, not even once.”

At the end of the book, Lines and O’Connor show how ‘green groups’ avoid the population equation along with the media. It’s a cute and dangerous façade. They address the “Aborigines” guilt complex.  They talk about climate change and ecological footprint.  They nail it!

“You’d have to be an economist or a fool to think you can keep adding population forever!” said Kenneth Boulding, economist.

While the authors present cogent advice at the end of the book, I found myself laughing out loud at one of their ideas.  “Why we should all waste water!”  While all the environmentalists and do-gooders cry out to conserve, and the same happens with the Sierra Club in America, all the conservation in the world won’t help as Australia adds another 10, 20, 30 or 50 million people. Therefore, start wasting as much water as possible today to force the population issue to the front burner.  Frankly, it will power its way into the public’s attention either now or later.

As I said at the beginning of this review, I’ve already seen what’s coming in my world cycling travels.  It’s not pretty.  Instead of walking that same perilous path as overpopulated countries, I invite every Australian to read this book, heed its wisdom and change course toward a sustainable nation and bright future for all Australians.  Call for an “Australian Sustainable Population Policy” that limits mass immigration to near zero.  You cannot save the rest of the world, but you can destroy your own civilization or turn it into a water starved, food scant and quality of life nightmare.  Your children will thank you in 2050 and the world will thank you for leading the way for humanity toward a plausible and livable planet.  By the way, the rest of Earth’s creatures will thank you, too!
www.population.org.au  in Australia

Overloading Australia: How governments and media dither and deny on population

Mark O’Connor & William J. Lines

Envirobook : pat@envirobook.com.au

ISBN: 9780858812246  (paperback)      


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