Quarterly Essay 9 Beautiful Lies: Population and Environment in Australia

Quarterly Essay 9 Beautiful Lies: Population and Environment in Australia

by Tim Flannery
     
 

In the first Quarterly Essay of 2003, Tim Flannery launches an attack on the various lies that we tell ourselves about our resources, our past and our future. The lie of terra nullius that made us ignore the Aborigines' knowledge of the environment. The lie of the Snowy Mountains Scheme that did untold damage to our river system for the sake of white immigration. The…  See more details below

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In the first Quarterly Essay of 2003, Tim Flannery launches an attack on the various lies that we tell ourselves about our resources, our past and our future. The lie of terra nullius that made us ignore the Aborigines' knowledge of the environment. The lie of the Snowy Mountains Scheme that did untold damage to our river system for the sake of white immigration. The lie that rushing to preserve wilderness will save endangered species. Tim Flannery is also skeptical about the myths of multiculturalism, and he argues that we cannot sustain a larger population given our resources. In his conclusion, he asks how we can discharge our responsibility to the refugees who are the victims of American policies we collude with.



'This essay is written as a thundering no to the characteristic Australian assumption that 'She'll be right' ... This is a Quarterly Essay written in the passionate belief that we need a coherent policy on population ... If we do not have one, we will never be in a position to do justice to ... the dispossessed people of the earth; indeed our children's children will ... think we have dishonoured their birthright.' —Peter Craven, Introduction



'The refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol will almost certainly, in time, be remembered as the greatest failure of the Howard government - Tampa, detention camps and Iraq notwithstanding.' —Tim Flannery, Beautiful Lies

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781921825088
Publisher:
Black Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Series:
Quarterly Essay , #9
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
125
File size:
345 KB

Meet the Author

Tim Flannery has published numerous scientific papers and over a dozen books, including Throwim Way Leg, The Eternal Frontier, The Future Eaters, The Weather Makers, An Explorer’s Notebook and Now or Never: A Sustainable Future for Australia? A former director of the South Australia Museum, he now chairs the Copenhagen Climate Council and has made contributions of international significance to the fields of palaeontology, mammalogy and conservation. He was Australian of the year in 2007.

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