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Half a million Canberrans or bust

By johnboy - 28 June 2010 19

The Canberra Times has the intriguing news that our leader Jon Stanhope wants a population of half a million:

Mr Stanhope said he believed continued population growth was essential to keep the territory’s economy growing and to provide the enhanced level of services that Canberrans were coming to expect. ”I’m not dreaming of a big Canberra, necessarily,” the Chief Minister said.

”But I’ve long had a view that a population of about half a million is optimal for the national capital.

”In the context of enhancing the city, the city’s liveability and in delivering services that the people of Canberra want and have a right to expect, we need more population.”

Mr Stanhope said a greater population, within realistic limits, was needed if Canberra was to be ”self sufficient” and enjoy the same medical and social services available in big cities like Sydney and Melbourne.

”We would become economically more self-sustaining were the population larger,” Mr Stanhope said.

That’ll keep the real estate industry in clover for some time to come.

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Half a million Canberrans or bust
redback 7:42 pm 28 Jun 10

Fully agree with Al. Come on Stanhope – at least PRETEND to be something other than the Property Council’s sock puppet…

urchin 6:59 pm 28 Jun 10

stanhope is a twit. not much more one can say. twiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit. and i don’t mean it in a good way.

schmeah 5:43 pm 28 Jun 10

It’s all good to have these grand ideas Jon, but if the 330,000 people who live here already can’t get a bus to run on time then what hope do we really have?

Gungahlin Al 5:30 pm 28 Jun 10

“Catherine Carter’s getting worse than an orchestra of vuvuzelas.”

LOL – B flat buzz! Straight to the pool room.

merlin bodega 4:55 pm 28 Jun 10

He is a hoot. In an interview about this on ABC radio this morning he said that more people living in Canberra would make the bus system better. Is that why he keeps creating more far flung suburbs that have a route so long that you need to take sandwiches for the trip?


One 3:33 pm 28 Jun 10

Stanhope wants 400,000 before 2020 ?!?

Is this because Canberra would then need more reps that can’t do anything because of Stanhope red tape?

Have to wonder how many more lives it will cost for Stanhope to achive his dreams

54-11 3:13 pm 28 Jun 10

Dead right, Al. I hear on the radio that Catherine Carter of the PCA is all cock-a-hoop with Stanhope’s announcement.

That woman’s getting worse than an orchestra of vuvuzelas. Why does the Canberra media give so much space to these nutters?

georgesgenitals 2:23 pm 28 Jun 10

Julia Gillard is a lot like Jodie Foster, only hotter.

Be interesting to see how she turns out.

Gungahlin Al 1:05 pm 28 Jun 10

Gillard at least realises that external ‘growth’ is not a sustainable proposition for Canberra or the Nation.

A great shame that both Stanhope and Seselja are both pursuing the Property Council’s mantra of population growth at all costs.

Narrows down the primary voting options for people then doesn’t it?

54-11 1:01 pm 28 Jun 10

If there’s anything that could, and should, put a final nail in the Stanhope coffin, it is this ridiculous policy.

Davo111 12:23 pm 28 Jun 10

bring back the fireworks, people will come

Ernie 11:36 am 28 Jun 10

Totally agree with the comments above (#1,2,3) especially #2 post as we would ‘enjoy the same’ traffic problems that Sydney has as well and we know people aren’t going to catch public transport because it isn’t up to scratch for most residents. On the bright side, we might get an Ikea!

LSD 10:58 am 28 Jun 10

If Stanhope knew what year it was he would know that if infrastructure and housing planning was treated seriously then Canberra would already be over 400,000 now.

p1 10:31 am 28 Jun 10

Might have to make some of the main roads two lane?

damien haas 10:28 am 28 Jun 10

Might be a good idea to install the infrastructure for half a mil BEFORE the city reaches that number. Then again, thats LONG TERM planning and not NEXT ELECTION planning.

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