Mark Richardson, the Oz Conservative, alerts his readers to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald that leaves me dumbfounded at the thinking of some real estate developers. Harry Triguboff, an Australian billionaire who owns a controversial company called Meriton Apartments, thinks Sydney has "too many forests and parks" and not enough people. His solution? Immigration. Lots and lots of immigration.
From the Sydney Morning Herald (Triguboff: let's trade trees for homes by Andrew Clennell, October 11):
IT'S simple, says Harry Triguboff. Sydney has too much green and not enough grey, and if you want to look at trees - well, go climb a mountain.
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In an interview with the Herald, Mr Triguboff said there was too much focus by the Prime Minister, John Howard, and others on land releases on Sydney's outskirts, and that too much land was locked up in national parks and reserves.
He also called for a big increase in immigration, saying the population of Sydney should be 20 million by 2050, with the population of Australia 150 million.
And he has dismissed proposals for values and language tests for immigrants, saying: "What's more important for me - a guy who can fix my tap or a guy who can speak English?".
Read all of Andrew Clennell's article.
According to the CIA World Factbook Australia's current population is estimated to be 20,264,082. In other words, if Truguboff had his way the number of people living in the country would increase almost eightfold. And I thought Toronto was getting crowded..
I guess Mr. Triguboff is unfamiliar with the concept of ecumene. Does he surf the net? He really needs to read Vdare. If he is so inclined, he might even contribute some of his billions to the webzine's fundraising drive.
The Oz Conservative is right. Capitalism is all well and good but markets aren't enough.
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