It is estimated that Australia's population will reach 36 million by 2050, stressing our cities, social cohesion and fragile ecosystems. Even for a country built on immigration, the continuing high rates of population growth are testing the consensus of national identity and demand a visionary approach to imagine a different future. Prosper or Perish explores the limits to growth and investigates ways to find a balance between growth, diversity and sustainability in a shrinking world.
A major lead essay by award winning author and ABC presenter Peter Mares explores the tensions between a humanitarian and an environmental approach to migration and population, with a look at the emergence of an anti-growth movement and political party and an evaluation of how we measure economic growth and quality of life.
Additional essays, memoir and reportage from Tom Griffiths, Brendan Gleeson, Anna Maria Dell'oso, Raymond Evans, and many more provide insight into the science and policy behind sustainability, plus stories and lives of immigrants, refugees and expatriates that fled to foreign lands and made their way to Australian shores.
Introduction. Confusion with numbers: striving for balance in population growth / Julianne Schultz -- Essay. Garden cities of tomorrow: upside down, inside out and back to front / Tone Wheeler -- The greatest spoiler: salvation in the cities / Brendan Gleeson -- A humanist on thin ice: science and the humanities, people and climate change / Tom Griffiths -- Thousandth miles: on the bottom rung / Tangea Tansley -- We are all learners now: submerge, drown or wash ashore / Michele Grossman -- Violence against women: the dimensions of fear and culture / James Spigelman -- Ngati Skippy: at home and heartsick across the ditch / Rachel Buchanan -- Who cares for Cohen? Revisting the 'Australia House' on Hydra / Jorge Sotirios. -- Reportage. Monday morning in Mernda: a land of plenty, or plenty in the land? / Peter Mares -- Mixing it up in Bennelong: a recipe for Australian multiculturalism / Kathy Marks -- O maker of distances: rebuilding lives, word by word / Anna Maria Dell'oso. -- Memoir. Crossings: bureaucracy on the high seas / Sara Dowse -- Where is home? The legacy of Lord Roberts Brown, of Wandsworth / Phil Brown -- Bardon, 1949: in memory of my mother / Raymond Evans. -- Fiction. Sunday Sunday / David Sornig -- The bridal lesson / Lee Kofman -- The salesman / Paddy O'Reilly. -- Poetry. Ways to kill cane toads / Geoff Lemon -- Settling / Heather Taylor Johnson. -- Picture essay. Out of Africa / Dean Saffron.
Published: 2nd August 2010
Publisher: Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic