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feb Brisrats meeting

From: geoffrey
Sent on: Sunday, February 3, 2008 8:37 AM

The Rationalist Society of Australia

Brisbane Chapter

February 2008 meeting: Who's afraid of an aging demographic? ...the need to broaden Australia's population debate

Dr. Jane O'Sullivan is an agricultural scientist with a keen interest in human ecology and a healthy scepticism about the "technofix" attitude to limits to growth. Following a dabble with biotechnology in the UK, she joined the University of Queensland and has worked mainly in the areas of crop nutrition and soil fertility management, in the context of semi-subsistence producers in developing countries. She has managed projects involving several countries in the Pacific and in South East Asia, where environmental effects of population pressure are more starkly obvious than here in Australia.

The media would have us believe that Australia NEEDS a population of 50 Million to be internationally competitive, and a rapidly growing population in order to avoid catastrophic aging of the demographic profile. But this would seem to run counter to any ecological analysis of what's good for us. In fact, it will be argued that population stability is THE primary
criterion for achieving sustainability and alleviating poverty. What's the basis of the pro-growth arguments, are they justified, and who's behind them? You may be surprised to find out.

Date & time: Wednesday 13 February 2008

5.30pm- biscuits, coffee/tea

6.00pm- presentation commences

Venue: Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, 134 Whitmore St (Swann Rd end), Taringa. Go to reception (off upper car park) & signs will direct from there.

Parking is available on site (upper car park- anywhere there is a space or lower car parks in the non reserved spaces).There's also plenty of close on street parking (with no meters/time limit) at that time of day.

Who should attend: Any intelligent person interested in the common good.

Cost: FREE!

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