posted on Sep, 18 2009 @ 07:01 AM
Just to clear up a few of the topics that have been mentioned in this thread.
Current Water Supply.
Our dam levels have risen greatly over the last few months (QLD Dam Levels
restrictions have been eased, and in the case of queensland have been replaced by a permanent water management and appropriate usage guidelines that
revolve around appropriate water usage on a per person basis. There is a desalination
targeted for Sydney.
There are also several untapped ground water supplies around the country. (Sorry couldn't find a link)
The issue with the Great Artesian Basin
is that there are still an unknown number of
untapped bores that are draining it at an alarming rate.
I could go on, but its starting to get off topic. But lets just say that we are in no real danger of running out of water. Especially when the
national water grid is completed.
This situation has improved greatly over the last few years. In all aspects except for inner-city peak-time traffic.
Unfortunately, the Australian government has always had a 'build the minimum required' kind of attitude when it comes infrastructure spending. -
They could learn something from Dubai.
paying for babies
The previous government implemented a 'baby bonus' scheme to encourage a surge in population. This was mainly due to the fact that they realised
that with the ageing population of 'the baby boomers' there wouldn't be enough tax payers around to cover the cost of healthcare and pensions.
the issue here is that the policy has given a surge in trading centres bringing over foreign (mainly Indian) students, and these centres are not
regulated as you would assume they should be. This has given a great black market for paid accreditation
[edited : sorry i should proof read before submitting]
[edit on 18-9-2009 by beta.services]