Sue Arnold, Brunswick Heads
The push for Big Australia, with its concerns about immigration numbers, should be focused on the lack of adequate infrastructure, instead they demonstrate an astonishing lack of logic. A lack destined to create more environmental damage by turning the east coast of Australia into a concrete jungle.
We live on an ancient continent with the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world. Our rivers are polluted, water is being sucked out by irrigators and the cotton industry leaving wildlife to die.
Platypus populations have dropped by 30 per cent. Koalas are facing extinction as their habitat is bulldozed to make way for urbanisation to accommodate the ever-increasing population.
Politicians place no value on wildlife or healthy ecosystems that sustain life. So any balance sheet is a poor reflection of the true cost of this massive unsustainable increase in people.
The recent publication of the Living Planet report says we are the last generation that can save nature.
Australia has a limited ecological carrying capacity. It is a tragedy that the Greens, who claim to be a voice for the environment, are dedicated to increasing the exponential rate of extinction by advocating for major increases in migration. Madness reigns.