What Is Australia's Sustainable Population?

Sunday, 26 November, 2000

Ecological sustainability and the economic growth required to provide jobs, living space and other resources for the growing populations is a challenge. This is the theme of the Australian Population Association conference being held in Melbourne from November 29th to December 1st 2000.

Titled 'Population and Globalisation: Australia in the 21st Century', the conference will include a keynote address 'Green growth: an oxymoron?', given by Professor Paul Ehrlich, author 'The Population Bomb'.

Other contributors include Tim Flannery, academic and scientific author on the subject of Australia's population and ecological sustainability. Professor Flannery will discuss 'The policy phobia: Why Australian politicians seem to back away from a population policy'.

Professor Graeme Hugo will present "˜Asia in the 21st Century: Implications for Australian immigration' at the Immigration plenary.

APA's Dr Martin Bell will deliver the President's address titled 'Data, theory and method: measuring permanent and temporary mobility in Australia'.

Other sessions will cover "˜Population policy; Australia: Greenhouse champion or international pariah?' and "˜Population growth and environmental limits in Australia'.

The Minister for Immigration, Philip Ruddock, will close the conference by presenting 'A sustainable population future for Australia: economic, environmental and demographic perspectives'.

Further details can be obtained on (03) 9214 8201.

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