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Beautiful Lies : Population & Environment in Australia: Quarterly Essay 9 - Tim Flannery

Beautiful Lies

Population & Environment in Australia: Quarterly Essay 9

Paperback Published: 1st March 2003
ISBN: 9781863953399
Number Of Pages: 119

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In the first Quarterly Essay of 2003, Tim Flannery launches an attack on the various lies that we tell ourselves about our resources, our past and our future. The lie of terra nullius that made us ignore the Aborigines' knowledge of the environment. The lie of the Snowy Mountains Scheme that did untold damage to our river system for the sake of white immigration. The lie that rushing to preserve wilderness will save endangered species. Tim Flannery is also skeptical about the myths of multiculturalism, and he argues that we cannot sustain a larger population given our resources. In his conclusion, he asks how we can discharge our responsibility to the refugees who are the victims of American policies we collude with. 'This essay is written as a thundering no to the characteristic Australian assumption that 'She'll be right' ... This is a Quarterly Essay written in the passionate belief that we need a coherent policy on population ... If we do not have one, we will never be in a position to do justice to ... the dispossessed people of the earth; indeed our children's children will ... think we have dishonoured their birthright.' - Peter Craven, Introduction 'The refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol will almost certainly, in time, be remembered as the greatest failure of the Howard government - Tampa, detention camps and Iraq notwithstanding.' - Tim Flannery, Beautiful Lies

ISBN: 9781863953399
ISBN-10: 1863953396
Series: Quarterly Essay Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 119
Published: 1st March 2003
Publisher: Black Inc.
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.7  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 9

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Tim Flannery

About the Author


Tim Flannery is a paleontologist, explorer and conservationist. He is a leading writer on climate change and the 2007 Australian of the Year. His books include the award-winning international bestseller The Weather Makers, The Future Eaters, Here on Earth and Atmosphere of Hope. He is currently chief councillor of the Climate Council.

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