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Bigger or Better? Australia’s Population Debate

Australia’s population has become a political hot potato. With forecasts of 30–40 million people by 2050 and up to 60 million by 2100, Australians are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of population growth. Heated political debates about migrants and refugees are played out almost daily in the media. Real or perceived competition for housing, food, water, services, and jobs is creating social tension and even violence.

Join Professor Ian Lowe, author, pre-eminent scientist and president of the Australian Conservation Foundation, as he examines the complex and controversial issues surrounding population growth.

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Portrait of Ian Lowe

Ian Lowe

Professor Ian Lowe AO was president of the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) from 2004 to 2014. He is emeritus professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University in Brisbane, as well as being an adjunct professor at Sunshine Coast University and Flinders University.

Lunchbox / Soapbox

We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.

If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.


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