This was not finished and of course was meant to be posted before the recent Federal Election. As I have nothing else ready to post, it will have to do for today.
While I have voted for you in the past, I will not be doing so in the immediate future until you get back to your base of the environment. I am about to put a stop to all your pleading emails.
There is an amount of self interest in this letter, as I have been badly affected by the huge increase in Melbourne's population over the past decade, both at work and in my own time. The population where I live has grown hugely and clogged up roads and public transport. It is now often a miserable experience to travel in my own city.
While I have never seen it spelt out on your website, you seem to wish to open the doors to everyone who wants to come to Australia. The theory of sharing our supposedly good lives with the needy of the world is admirable, but as Melbourne's population has grown exponentially, we actually do have kangaroos hopping down suburban streets, somewhat disoriented by the loss of their grazing lands. Kangaroos are high on the food chain. How many other lesser creatures have lost their homes as our suburbs ever expand.
A large density increase in the inner areas has happened, supposedly to slow the expansion of Melbourne at the edges, but both are happening without abatement.
The land where our vegetables and fruit are grown has become so valuable and highly taxed, the owners of this rich land for primary production are about to be driven out.
I am generally quite happy with the numbers of refugees we take in. I may well have issues about where they come from and the numbers that are taken from a particular country when there are so many on the list. Mix and blend and don't frighten the horses, if you please. Without checking figures, I suspect refugees are a much smaller proportion of our immigration intake.
I could bang on for much longer but I conclude with, Greens, you have lost your environmental vision for Australia. Humans and what we do are the biggest problem in the world and hugely expanding the population of Australia is doing us no good at all.