ABC Four Corners programme ‘Big Australia: Are We Ready?’ covering Australia’s population growth issues, on this Monday 12 March 8.30pm – followed by Q&A

Watch promo here: Big Australia: Are We Ready?

Could the ABC be changing? Supporters of Dick Smith Fair Go will know the book ‘Overloading Australia’ by environmental experts, William J. Lines and Dr Mark O’Connor, which mentions how the ABC, over many years, has been quite biased on the population growth issue. The Dick Smith Fair Go Group even ran an advertisement in relation to this (see below).

However, things could be changing for the better. I have been interviewed for the programme by Ben Knight and I’m hoping some of the Dick Smith Fair Go Group’s ideas will be communicated fairly.

That is, that every Aussie family has a population plan, but our politicians don’t. I was asked a question about the ageing population and explained that you certainly can’t solve that in the long term by bringing in more immigrants because of course, they get older and the problem becomes worse – it’s a classic Ponzi Scheme.

Please watch both programmes and most importantly, post your comments and questions to the Q&A website here or Tweet during the programme using #QandA. If you’d like to join the discussion and can attend the Sydney, ABC Ultimo Studios at 8.30pm on Monday night, you can register to be in the audience here.

This is a vital opportunity to support the cause with some pointed questions to Q&A, particularly, if some of the Pro-Development Lobby make any outrageous statements, hinting that you can have perpetual growth in a finite world – Tweet the truth!

It’ll be fascinating to see how the ABC treats this important issue and whether they reflect what 8/10 Australians want – which is a population plan.


  1. Watched q&a they basically missed the whole point..Bob Carr excepted…continued growth is a fait de one seemed to get it…that we need to stop breeding or we’re stuffed. Unfortunately we are too stupid to survive.

  2. I agree that population growth is not sustainable and we need a new approach to economics NOT based on continuous growth. Some of us have been advocating zero population growth since the seventies. I remember environmentalist David Bellamy being shouted down when he suggested Australia was already overpopulated back then. I’m not sure on the immigration issue but it should be kept separate from the refugee issue which should be much more welcoming.

  3. Immigration has been regulated in the past why not now its not racist to want an orderley incoming population figure it must be discussed and slowed down or all is lost

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