Australia’s national security is not a reason for deliberate population growth. By way of background, Australia’s policy of deliberately seeking population growth goes back to 1945. The fear then was that we might be back up the Kokoda track in 1950 or 1960 and so should have as many people…


A growing population is bad for the economy and the environment and Australia’s policies of pursuing population growth (a.k.a. Big Australia) reflect dysfunction in our politics rather than any merits of the policy.

The first step to solving this problem is to understand it and to that end I am…


I am often unable to convince people of the need to slow population growth. In some cases this is due to different values. But often it seems to be much more misunderstanding than disagreement. I am writing this post to start a conversation, come to terms with this disagreement and…


I disagree with the crux of what Liz Allen says but before I go any further I have to pay my respects to anybody with seven kids and a career who can also write a book. …


Since I last wrote about Peter North I finished Growing for Broke and went on a quest to fill in the blanks and take this imprint Peter made on me and do something with it. I bought every copy of Growing I could and gave it to thoughtful people I…


The Queensland state government is allowing Lend Lease to develop Shoreline in the Southern Redlands Bay which will be the residence for many thousands of people. The land on which it will be built is mostly farmland and a small amount of bush. …


I know almost nothing about Peter North. I only have his words. I actually haven’t even finished his book Growing for Broke and I have to write an homage to the dude. He wrote Growing for Broke as he was dying and and it has all the intensity of someone…

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