Big’s not better says new party
POPULATION is a volcano issue with the potential to explode in the final weeks of the coming federal election campaign, according to a party that wants to reach the 70% of voters who reject the "Big Australia" policies of the major parties.
It's an issue Dick Smith has done documentaries on to highlight and which has drawn Bindy Irwin out of the comfort zone of animal world stardom to bring attention to and invite criticism of her.
According to Stable Population Party national director William Bourke, rapid population growth and the failure to stabilise it are the underlying issues behind all major problems around cost of living and increasingly costly finite resources like land, energy and water and the key cause of escalating environmental degradation.
Mr Bourke said it was time for Australians to think "better" rather than "bigger".
Although the issue had failed to gain traction in the national media, polling shows 38% of Australians would consider voting for the party's Senate candidates in every state and territory and the 10 House of Representative candidates it will field.
The result is double that achieved by Julian Assange's Wikileaks Party, Clive Palmer's PUP or Bob Katter's KAP.
The polling by McCrindle Research showed 38% would consider voting for the party, with a further 22% still uncertain.
Mr Bourke accused the "major media duopoly" of not just ignoring the issue but suppressing it.
He said Julia Gillard's backflip on population, which saw her revert to support for Big Australia, was never questioned by the media in the manner she was pursued on the carbon tax.
Establishing a position on the ballot paper was effectively the birth of the party, Mr Bourke said, and the only way the issue could be directly addressed with ordinary Australians.
However the doubling from 25 to 50 of the number of parties to contest the looming federal election would make even that problematic.
Mr Bourke said the poll result was very encouraging and explained why the Greens, Labor and the Coalition were trying to bury the population issue.
"Three years on from an election dominated by concerns about population growth, we're still on track for a 'big Australia' of over 36 million by 2050," he said.
"In fact Labor has ramped up population growth to the point where we'll reach over 40 million in the same period.
"Tony Abbott is on record as calling for 'as many people as possible' to live in Australia, but it seems just not asylum seekers.
"A stable population will help relieve infrastructure, ease cost-of-living pressures, protect our environment, promote education and job training, and minimise overdevelopment.
"We won't resolve any of our major problems until we first resolve the everything issue - population."
Should Australia’s population be reduced?
This poll ended on 10 August 2014.
Yes, there are too many of us here anyway
Yes, we let in too many immigrants
No, our population is fine as it is
No, we need a bigger population to justify economic growth
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.