The hype (and the effectiveness of playing the race card that he learnt so well under Howard) is what no doubt prompted the Mad Monk to hint at a policy to cut our 'out-of-control' migration intake in response.
The hype and the Monk’s play is also what no doubt prompted Rudd to announce the appointment of a Minister for Population and the development of a population strategy.
Neither party seem to be willing to touch the hard issues:
- The impact of the $1.4 billion annual baby bonus on the Australian birth rate
- Australia’s true migration picture. See: Rubbery figures on migrant flood by Peter McDonald in The Age
- What is an environmentally sustainable population for the country? See Sustainable Population Australia
- Our place in the world community and what it means for our population growth and responsibilities.
“Population is fundamentally a human rights and environmental rights issue but there seem to be few, if any, politicians willing to accept the leadership baton and step forward.”Quite so