The Waltor Taylor South Action Group was invited to participate in the making of Dick Smith's Population Puzzle documentary some months ago. Walter Taylor South Action Group secretary Leigh Park was interviewed as part of the making of this documentary.
It will be interesting to see how the documentary makers view the local issues and how they may be related to other National and State issues.
The documentary will screen on ABC1 TV on Thursday 12th of August at 8:30pm, followed by the Q&A Population Debate.
Details of the program from the ABC website are shown below:
ABC1, Thursday, 12 August at 8:30pm
About The Program
What does it take to spark a change in national attitudes? High profile entrepreneur Dick Smith is on a crusade to influence one of the biggest public policy issues facing the country - unplanned population growth.
High-profile entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Smith is on a crusade to influence one of the biggest public policy issues facing the country – unplanned population growth.
Dick Smith's Population Puzzle not only investigates Australia's long-term future, but is also a personal journey of discovery as Dick attempts to get a national debate started on the dangers of unplanned growth.
While Dick Smith has always held strong public opinions, he'd never given much thought to issues of sustainability and Australia's population predictions. That was until a significant phone call from his daughter, Jenny, in the lead-up to the 2009 climate change conference in Copenhagen. She told him she felt it was crazy that no-one seemed to be talking about the real 'elephant in the room' – population.
Since then, Dick's been on a mission to understand Australia's population puzzle. For the past six months, he's been barn-storming nall over the country, meeting with experts, talking to ordinary Australians, giving public talks and conducting media interviews. His intention is to spark a change in national attitudes and force the federal government to repudiate its backing of rapid population growth.
The camera follows Dick Smith as he raises his conscience and that of a nation's about this complex and controversial issue.