[ASC-list] BRIEFING ALERT: Population plus: What can Australia sustain? [Thu 25 Mar, Bris]; EMBARGO: 11am AEDT, 25 Mar
jenni at econnect.com.au
Wed Mar 24 08:54:47 UTC 2010
Australian Science Media Centre
MEDIA ALERT: Population plus: What can Australia sustain?
NATIONAL MEDIA BRIEFING Thu 25 March 10am (11am AEDT) in Brisbane (Also
Embargoed to 11am AEDT on Thu 25 March
Population growth is touted by many experts as the number one issue in
Australia, the linchpin to many other issues such as water resources, energy
consumption, an ageing workforce, greenhouse gas targets and economic
growth. With Australia predicted to reach 35 million by 2050, how can we
ensure that the economic benefits of this growth are not negated by
excessive urban sprawl, strained infrastructure, environmental destruction
and ultimately a lifestyle none of us would want?
With the Australian Bureau of Statistics due to release their latest
quarterly population estimates this week and Anna Bligh calling an
extraordinary public meeting on growth management in just over a week, the
Australian Science Media Centre has decided to hold a national briefing in
Brisbane to highlight what the evidence can tell us about population growth
projections and impacts.
Come and hear some of Australias key experts in the areas of demographics,
ecology and economics confront the dilemmas that face us.
The briefing will discuss the following issues:
Ø Southeast Queensland is often considered the canary in the coalmine on
many population issues. Prof Martin Bell from the University of Queensland
will release a report on the issues and options for the future in this
rapidly growing part of Australia.
Ø 35 million by 2050 is a common projection for Australias growth but is
this realistic based on current data analysis?
Ø Is 35 million people sustainable for Australia and how can we ensure
adequate energy, water, health, housing and a healthy environment as people
concentrate in coastal areas?
Ø While the economic and social benefits of strong population growth are a
focus for economists, the pitfalls of growth for the environment and
sustainable resource use are of great concern to ecologists. Can these
competing demands ever be reconciled? What will it take to reach consensus?
· Professor Graeme Hugo, ARC Australian Professorial Fellow
and Director, National Centre for Social Applications of GIS, University of
· Professor Martin Bell, Director, Queensland Centre for
Population Research, University of Queensland
· Dr Graham Turner, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO
DATE: Thursday 25 March 2010
START TIME: 10am in Brisbane (11am Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time)
DURATION: Approx 60 min
VENUE: Don Curruthers eXchange Meeting Room, Dorothy Hill Library (Building
50, Level 5), University of Queensland, St Lucia (click here
<http://www.library.uq.edu.au/pse/vtour/where.html> for a map)
PHONE CONTACT ON THE DAY: 0424 676 136 OR 0405 232 790 (during the event you
can also try calling the AusSMC office on 08 7120 8666)
PARKING: Some parking is available. Please notify us in advance.
Journalists not able to attend can follow the briefing online via audio and
video streaming. Each presenter will speak for approximately 7 minutes
followed by questions. Online journalists will also have the opportunity to
1. Go to the briefing web portal by clicking
<https://aussmcus.webex.com/aussmcus/onstage/g.php?d=826762563&t=a> here 5
minutes before the start time or anytime during the briefing. Alternatively
go to www.aussmc.org and follow the links.
2. Enter your name and email address
3. Click "Join".
(System requirements: You will need a broadband connection and
speakers/headphones to hear the event. Allow 1-2 mins for your computer to
be configured correctly, install ActiveX, if asked)
*Note* some Fairfax journalists may not be able to access the online system
due to a firewall issue. Please contact us to arrange phone access. Radio
stations can also record the briefing over a phone line. If you would like
to make sure that you can connect, please contact us to arrange a quick test
before the day.
If you have any problems joining the briefing online, phone Webex on 1800 12
92 78 quoting access code 826 762 563.
Audio files will be posted on our website at www.aussmc.org as soon as
possible after the event.
For further information before the event, please contact the AusSMC on 08
7120 8666 or email info at aussmc.org. For interview requests or queries on
the day phone Nigel Kerby (0405 232 790).
Issued: 23 March 2010
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