Loony right’s foot-shooting exercise

Clive Palmer has done Australia a big favour in entering this election. He, along with the National Rifle Association of the US, will most likely deny One Nation any Senate seats.

Palmer’s United Australia Party’s Senate how-to-vote-card has six preferences on it in each state. None are for One Nation in any state. Similarly, One Nation has not put UAP in any spot on its Senate how-to-votes cards.

The two strongest loony right party’s have shot each other in the foot.

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Population woes: left right and centre

Presentation to Sustainable Population Australia. Brisbane. 27 April 2019.

Nearly everyone at this Sustainable Population Australia* event is most likely utterly perplexed as to why far more people are not seeing the obvious: that Australia’s population trajectory spells worsening lives for most Australians; extinction for many of our species; a falling capacity to help feed the world’s people; and a lot of other adverse consequences.

Having worked in and observed the Australian media for more than 40 years I might be able to shed some insight as to why. 

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Death, here is thy sting

There is a corollary to the refrain: “I have paid taxes all my life and I am entitled to an old-age pension.” It is this: “I have enjoyed roads, education, health, police, defence and a myriad other things provided by the government all my life, so shouldn’t I pay a little tax when I die?”

Similarly, there is a corollary to the refrain: “I have worked hard all my life to build up some wealth so I am entitled to leave it to my kids or whomever I want?” It is this: “Why should some people get a richly undeserved windfall just because they are lucky enough to have wealthy parents?”

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Ireland may save Britain from Brexit

For the first time in more than 300 years, England has not been able to bully Ireland to get its own way. This week, the old divide-and-rule tactics of the British Empire fell flat because Ireland is no longer on its own. It has 26 rock-solid friends in the European Union who have vowed not to drop the Irish backstop in any arrangement with Britain to leave the European Union.

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Why major parties will never recover

The NSW election followed the voting trend away from major parties, but it also helped answer the reason for the trend in a way not shown in previous federal and state elections.

For too long we have been looking at what the major parties are doing (well or badly) for the answer. But the answer lies elsewhere.

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The population spreadsheet

The population spreadsheet:

YearPopulation
201824,000,000
201924,436,800
202024,881,550
202125,334,394
202225,795,480
202326,264,958
202426,742,980
202527,229,702
202627,725,283
202728,229,883
202828,743,667
202929,266,801
203029,799,457
203130,341,807
203230,894,028
203331,456,300
203432,028,804
203532,611,728
203633,205,262
203733,809,598
203834,424,932
203935,051,466
204035,689,403
204136,338,950
204237,000,319
204337,673,725
204438,359,386
204539,057,527
204639,768,374
204740,492,159
204841,229,116
204941,979,486
205042,743,513
205143,521,444
205244,313,535
205345,120,041
205445,941,226
205546,777,356
205647,628,704
205748,495,546
205849,378,165
205950,276,848
206051,191,887
206152,123,579
206253,072,228
206354,038,143
206455,021,637
206556,023,031
206657,042,650
206758,080,826
206859,137,897
206960,214,207
207061,310,105
207162,425,949
207263,562,102
207364,718,932
207465,896,816
207567,096,138
207668,317,288
207769,560,663
207870,826,667
207972,115,712
208073,428,218
208174,764,612
208276,125,328
208377,510,809
208478,921,505
208580,357,877
208681,820,390
208783,309,521
208884,825,754
208986,369,583
209087,941,510
209189,542,045
209291,171,710
209392,831,035
209494,520,560
209596,240,834
209697,992,418
209799,775,880
2098101,591,801
2099103,440,771
2100105,323,393
2101107,240,279
2102109,192,052
2103111,179,348
2104113,202,812
2105115,263,103
2106117,360,891
2107119,496,860
2108121,671,702
2109123,886,127
2110126,140,855
2111128,436,619
2112130,774,165
2113133,154,255
2114135,577,662
2115138,045,176
2116140,557,598
2117143,115,746
2118145,720,453
2119148,372,565
2120151,072,946
2121153,822,473
2122156,622,042
2123159,472,563
2124162,374,964
2125165,330,188
2126168,339,198
2127171,402,971
2128174,522,505
2129177,698,815
2130180,932,933
2131184,225,913
2132187,578,824
2133190,992,759
2134194,468,827
2135198,008,160
2136201,611,908
2137205,281,245
2138209,017,364
2139212,821,480
2140216,694,831
2141220,638,677
2142224,654,301
2143228,743,009
2144232,906,132
2145237,145,023
2146241,461,063
2147245,855,654
2148250,330,227
2149254,886,237
2150259,525,166
2151264,248,524
2152269,057,848
2153273,954,700
2154278,940,676
2155284,017,396
2156289,186,513
2157294,449,707
2158299,808,692
2159305,265,210
2160310,821,037
2161316,477,980
2162322,237,879
2163328,102,609
2164334,074,076
2165340,154,224
2166346,345,031
2167352,648,511
2168359,066,714
2169365,601,728
2170372,255,679
2171379,030,733
2172385,929,092
2173392,953,002
2174400,104,746
2175407,386,653
2176414,801,090
2177422,350,469
2178430,037,248
2179437,863,926
2180445,833,049
2181453,947,211
2182462,209,050
2183470,621,255
2184479,186,562
2185487,907,757
2186496,787,678
2187505,829,214
2188515,035,306
2189524,408,948
2190533,953,191
2191543,671,139
2192553,565,954
2193563,640,854
2194573,899,118
2195584,344,082
2196594,979,144
2197605,807,764
2198616,833,466
2199628,059,835
2200639,490,524
2201651,129,251
2202662,979,804
2203675,046,036
2204687,331,874
2205699,841,314
2206712,578,426
2207725,547,353
2208738,752,315
2209752,197,607
2210765,887,604
2211779,826,758
2212794,019,605
2213808,470,762
2214823,184,930
2215838,166,896
2216853,421,533
2217868,953,805
2218884,768,764
2219900,871,556
2220917,267,418
2221933,961,685
2222950,959,788
2223968,267,256
2224985,889,720
22251,003,832,913
22261,022,102,672
22271,040,704,941
22281,059,645,770
22291,078,931,323
22301,098,567,874
22311,118,561,809
22321,138,919,634
22331,159,647,971
22341,180,753,564
22351,202,243,279
22361,224,124,107
22371,246,403,165
22381,269,087,703

Pollies, media misunderstand population mood

By CRISPIN HULL

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he understood voter concern over congestion. But very little has changed. Rather, Morrison and the major parties, including the Greens, do not understand population pressure as polling this week revealed.

A Newspoll revealed that 80 per cent of NSW voters want the population to either fall or remain as it is. Only 16 per cent want it to increase.

Not only do politicians refuse to get the message that people do not want the population to grow. The Murdoch press also refuses to get the message. The Australian newspaper, which commissions Newspoll, ran a headline opposite to what the poll showed. It read “Most happy to keep population growth rates at current level”. No they are not. They do not want any population growth at all, let alone at the astonishingly high rate it is now.

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