Refugees Help Strain Our Natural Resources

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IF YOU'D like to see Australia remain in a healthy economic state, and you are a humanitarian who is also concerned about the environment, the current refugee situation is quite a dilemma.

When your parents, or grandparents, built their first home they may have put down a concrete slab and added to it as they could afford until they finally had their family home.

This was a fairly common story on the North Coast, but new generations of parents expect to move into a complete new home and have been encouraged to do so with a range of government grants and incentive schemes.

Their expectations are higher than previous generations but so, too, are their responsibilities as mortgage repayments and family budgets now require income from both partners.

As a result, this generation of parents is choosing to have fewer children and that is causing concern at national level, where it is recognised an increased population will be required to sustain the continued development of the nation.

The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, is promoting an increase in population to 35 million by 2050 which, it is argued, would be capable of sustaining the standard of living Australians enjoy today.

That will require increased migration and the acceptance of 'unauthorised' refugees because there will always be a need for people to flee to Australia and they'll continue to do it, mainly by air, but occasionally by boat. …